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How can mathematical and statistical models combine with big data to improve our response to pandemics?

Pictured left to right: Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Professor Bhramar Mukherjee and Professor Dame Angela McLean
Pictured left to right: Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Professor Bhramar Mukherjee and Professor Dame Angela McLean

The COVID-19 pandemic raises huge challenges for governments around the world. 

This one-day, two-part symposium will assess the role of modelling and big data in preparing for pandemics and will feature distinguished speakers, including Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Honorary Professor of Public and International Health, LSHTM and Chief Medical Officer for England, and Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Ministry of Defence. 

The event will also include statistical and mathematical modellers, and leading policy advisors, who will discuss the major research priorities that can help governments plan for the next pandemic.  

Programme

15.30-17.00: Session 1 - Statistics and maths models, big data and policy  

Chairs: Professor Martin Antonio, Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Global Health, Co-Director of Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response, LSHTM and Dr Adam Kucharski, Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Co-Director for Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response, LSHTM 

  • 15.30-15.35: Welcome and introduction
  • 15.35-15.50: Talk 1 and Q&A - Statistics, Open Safely and the challenges of informing covid-policy 
  • 15.50-16.05: Talk 2 and Q&A - Challenges (and successes) in evaluating vaccines during a pandemic 
    • Speaker: Dr Natalie Dean, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Emory University   
  • 16.05-16.20: Talk 3 and Q&A - Real-time modelling and vaccine waning 
    • Speaker: Dr Marc Baguelin, Lecturer in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Imperial College London
  • 16.20-16.35: Talk 4 and Q&A - Real-time analysis case studies 
    • Speaker: Dr Sam Abbott, Research Fellow in Epidemiology and Population Health, LSHTM 
  • 16.35-17.00: Panel discussion
  • 17.00-17.30: Break
17.30-19.00: Session 2 - Preparing for the next pandemic 

Chair: Professor Liam Smeeth, LSHTM Director and Professor Sinead Langan, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, LSHTM

  • 17.30-17.35: Welcome and introduction to Session 2 
  • 17.35-17.45: Talk 1 - Building a data-driven framework for pandemic resilience  
  • 17.45-17.55: Talk 2 - Science at the pace of policy making 
    • Speaker: Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Advisor, Ministry of Defence and Director, The Institute for Emerging Infections of Humans 
  • 17.55-18.05: Talk 3 - Before, during and transitions from a pandemic 
  • 18.05-18.15: Talk 4 - The power and limitations of models for policy and practice 
    • Speaker: Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Honorary Professor of Public and International Health, LSHTM and Chief Medical Officer for England
  • 18.15-18.55: Panel discussion 
  • 18.55-19.00: Final words from Professor Liam Smeeth, LSHTM Director
Collaborators logo - Centre for Statistical Metholodology, Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, Centre for Epidemic Preparedness & Response and Electronic Health Records Research Group

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