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The FluPhone Study

Are you a super-spreader?

Many infectious diseases spread as people pass one another on the street. This study aims at collecting information on social encounters based in Cambridge, UK. It uses mobile phones to anonymously record how often people encounter each other. This information helps scientists and medical researchers to understand how close-contact infections, such as swine flu, spread between different people.

FluPhone relies on your support!

To participate in this study, we ask you to download and run a software on your mobile phone and also to enter any symptoms, that might be relevant for flu-like illnesses. You can find more information about FluPhone.

Find out, if your mobile phone is compatible. The FluPhone application will use the mobile Internet on your phone to upload data to our server. Costs may incur, depending on your contract.



  • May 2011: FluPhone Study is running only for experimental purpose until July 2011.
  • The FluPhone Study in Cambridge general public started!
  • The pilot study within the computer laboratory will start on the April 21st, 2010

Cambridge participants:

  • Get your chance to win a £500 smart phone
  • Receive a £5 top-up, if you are a pay-as-you-go user

The study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council, and is being conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge, the University of Liverpool and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

© 2010 Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.