The MIDAS Webinar Series features research by MIDAS members, and is open to the public.
Date/time: Friday June 26, 12:00 – 1:00pm, EDT
Topic: Emerging Evidence and Remaining Uncertainty in SARS-CoV-2 Immunopathology
Speaker: Dr. Micaela Martinez, Assistant Professor in Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University
Dr. Micaela Martinez is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. She is an infectious disease ecologist who specializes in the transmission of acute infectious diseases. Her lab is researching the immunity, transmission, and racial inequalities in COVID-19.
Abstract: The rapid spread of COVID-19 has resulted in a global health crisis, affecting millions of people worldwide. Despite intensive research efforts, little is still known about the underlying immune dynamics in COVID-19, which confers protection in some individuals, but leads to severe disease and mortality in others.Understanding the ways in which the immune response shapes COVID-19 pathology and protection is thus one of the most pressing questions in the world today. I have been recently involved in a collaborative effort to synthesize the current data on COVID-19 immunopathology and characterize the immune responses induced during the course of infection. In this presentation, I will discuss remaining gaps in our understanding of COVID-19 immunity and ask: what are potential pathways by which severe COVID-19 is triggered by the immune system?I will also discuss how the modeling community may use this information for projecting severe COVID-19 disease and mortality.