IHE-LeaD Seminar

"Pandemic Models and Mitigation: Translating Epidemic Principles into Practice"

Joshua Weitz, Ph.D.
Professor and Tom and Marie Patton Chair in Biological Sciences
Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Quantitative Biosciences
School of Biological Sciences
Georgia Tech
Blaise Pascal International Chair of Excellence at the Ecole Normale Superieure

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the health and well-being communities all across the globe. From the outset, epidemic theory and models have played a key role in advancing understanding of the potential threat and in shaping public health responses. This talk will highlight ways that epidemic models served as a guide for mitigation and action-taking spanning both local and national scales, using collaborative examples developed at Georgia Tech that centered on mitigating the dangers associated with asymptomatic spread. But models, even good models, have limits. In practice, public health responses must be flexible enough to face the changing threat of an evolving virus and a transformed society. Hence in closing, I will address speculatively, or perhaps even aspirationally, the type of sustained changes needed to adapt acute responses into an infrastructure capable of preventing future pandemics.

The Interdisciplinary Health and Environment Leadership Development (IHE-LeaD) is a new program that connects scholars at GT to jointly work towards advancing the intersection of human and environmental health, and to discuss opportunities and challenges for translating scholarly work into actions with public impact and visibility. Our program runs a monthly seminar series that is open to the GT public. GT speakers will present their work on impact-driven research at the intersection of IHE. You can receive regular announcements about upcoming seminars via the IHE email list contact Gabi Steinbach.

To learn more information about the seminar series and the IHE-LeaD program, visit their website.