Research Workshops

Dealing with COVID-19 in Theory and Practice

Dealing with COVID-19 in Theory and Practice

October 29-30, 2020

Organizer: Andrew Lo, MIT

The extraordinary impact of COVID-19 requires equally extraordinary measures, which are the focus of this workshop. Four major themes will be represented: Public Health Challenges, The Role of Data Science, Measuring and Managing Economic Impact, and The Path Forward. One unique aspect of this workshop is the breadth of participants, bringing together stakeholders from the most relevant communities, including biomedical experts, epidemiologists, public health officials, economists, business professionals, and bioethicists. One of the key objectives of this workshop is to encourage collaboration across disciplines that have practical impact in the near term.


Public Health

  • Rupam Bhattacharyya, University of Michigan
  • Sarah E. Cobey, University of Chicago
  • Nigel Goldenfeld, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Sergei Maslov, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bhramar Mukherjee, University of Michigan
  • Debrashee Ray, Johns Hopkins University
  • Maxwell Salvatore, University of Michigan


Data Science

  • Michael Jordan, Berkeley
  • Xiao-Li Meng, Harvard
  • Mihaela van der Schaar, Cambridge
  • Daniel Weitzner, MIT


Economic Impact

  • Emil Verner, MIT
  • Andrew Metrick, Yale
  • Andre Atkeson, UCLA


Path Forward

  • Arthur Caplan, NYU
  • Peter Hale, Foundation for Vaccine Research
  • Jim Robinson, CEPI
  • Andrew Lo, MIT
  • Monique K. Mansoura, MITRE Corporation

This conference will be held via Zoom.

Thursday, October 29

All times CDT
9:00-9:10Welcome and Background
9:10-12:10Session I: Public Health (epidemiology, public health policy, lessons learned, etc.)
(45 minute presentations, 15 minutes of Q&A per presentation)
12:10-1:10Lunch break
1:10-1:15Reconvening
1:15-3:15Session II: Data Science I (contact tracing, testing, statistical inference, etc.)
(45 minute presentations, 15 minutes of Q&A per presentation)
3:15-3:30Break
3:30-5:30Session III: Data Science II (contact tracing, testing, statistical inference, etc.)
(45 minute presentations, 15 minutes of Q&A per presentation)
5:30-5:45Day 1 Wrap Up

Friday, October 30

9:00-9:10Day 2 Welcome
9:10-12:10Session IV: Economic Impact (financial impact, macro policy, etc.)
(45 minute presentations, 15 minutes of Q&A per presentation)
12:10-1:10Lunch break
1:10-1:15Reconvening
1:15-3:45Session V: Path Forward (planning for the next pandemic, vaccine business models, etc.) Panel Discussion
(20 minute presentations followed by discussion)
Peter Hale (Foundation for Vaccine Research)Coordinating public-private partnerships going forward: What have we learned?
Arthur Caplan (NYU)Vaccine ethics challenges
Jim Robinson (CEPI)Incentivizing Late-Stage Vaccine Development and Manufacturing for Epidemic and Pandemic Response
Monique K. Mansoura (MITRE Corporation)An Industrial Base for Global Health Security – A 21st Century Imperative

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