Symposium to highlight Emory graduate students’ contributions to COVID-19 response

Emory Report | Nov. 3, 2021

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Research from Emory graduate students related to COVID-19 will be highlighted during a free symposium Nov. 12. Keynote speakers are Emory infectious disease expert Carlos del Rio and MD/PhD alumnus Michael Mina.

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Emory graduate students’ contributions to the COVID-19 response will be recognized at a hybrid in-person/online symposium on Friday, Nov. 12.

The event features oral and poster presentations highlighting research related to COVID-19 conducted by Emory graduate students.

Registration is available here for the free symposium, which will be held in the Emory Student Center (1st Floor Multipurpose Rooms, North Building). Registration closes on Sunday, Nov. 7, but may close earlier if the room capacity is reached. Once room capacity limit for in-person attendees is reached, only virtual registration will be available.

The keynote speakers will be Carlos Del Rio, MD, from Emory, and Michael Mina, MD, PhD, from Harvard University. Del Rio is an Emory infectious disease expert who frequently appears on national television to discuss public health issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. Mina is a 2016 graduate of Emory’s MD/PhD program and has been an advocate for broader availability and affordability of rapid tests for COVID-19.

The symposium is sponsored by the Laney Graduate School, the Provost’s Office, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Molecules to Mankind program. A box lunch will be provided for those who register to attend in person.

Nov. 12 symposium agenda:

8-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast/coffee outside in Emory Student Center plaza

9-9:15 a.m.: Welcome

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Keynote speaker Carlos del Rio

9:45-11 am:   Student oral presentations

11-11:30 a.m.: Break and poster viewing

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Keynote speaker Michael Mina

12-1:15 p.m.: Student oral presentations

1:15-1:30 p.m.: Closing remarks

1:30-3 p.m.: Poster viewing

About the keynote speakers:

Carlos del Rio is professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine and executive associate dean for Grady Health System. He also is professor of global health and epidemiology in Rollins School of Public Health, principal investigator and co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research, and co-principal investigator of the Emory-CDC HIV Clinical Trials Unit and the Emory Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit.

Michael Mina is assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Mina also is assistant professor in immunology and infectious diseases and associate medical director for clinical microbiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Read a recent interview with Mina.