GPCE Seminar Series: Role of Modeling During Epidemic Responses- View From Public Health, Industry, and Academia

Global Pervasive Computational Epidemiology Seminar Series

Date/time: Thursday, March 10, 11:30am – 12:30pm Eastern (USA)

Topic: Role of Modeling During Epidemic Responses- View From Public Health, Industry, and Academia 

Speaker: David Swerdlow

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Speaker Bio:
David L. Swerdlow MD is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (CCDD).  He recently retired from Pfizer Vaccines after six years as Global COVID Vaccine Medical Lead (March 2020 – July 2021) and Clinical Epidemiology & Business Development Lead (May 2015- July 2021).  Previously he worked at CDC for 25 years.

David has had a long-standing interest in infectious disease modeling.  At CDC he initiated and led the NCIRD Modeling Unit which was a collaborative effort with CCDD and Imperial College.  He initiated several modeling short courses for CDC epidemiologists working with CCDD, Imperial College, and Hong Kong University.  He was Co-Chair of the Pandemic Prediction and Forecasting Science and Technology Working Group (sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy).  He was guest editor of three Clinical Infectious Diseases supplements on the role of modeling and field epidemiology in response to influenza pandemics and led modeling efforts during several pandemic planning exercises at CDC.  He was co-author of numerous papers describing transmission models of influenza, Ebola, MERS, typhoid fever, pertussis, and SARS-CoV-2.  At Pfizer he initiated modeling projects with CCDD, the University of Utah, and Columbia University to understand the true burden of COVID-19 and the best vaccination strategies in long-term-care settings as well as the community, many of which have been published.

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