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Panels, Seminars and Workshops

  • BIS Seminar: At warp speed: statistics and COVID-19 vaccine development

    David Benseker, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor

    Emory University Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

    October 27, 2020

    Abstract: One of the best hopes we have of returning life to normal is to bring a safe and effective preventive COVID-19 vaccine to market and make it available to just about everybody around the world. We are in the middle of an unprecedented effort to bring such a vaccine to market. After a recent pressure campaign led by academic scientists, vaccine developers have made public the protocols for their Phase III trials. The release of these protocols has ignited a fierce debate as to whether the designs are appropriate and sufficiently safe-guarded from political pressure for vaccine approval. In this talk I will discuss a few of the complex issues involved in designing Phase III COVID vaccine trials, touching on some key statistical aspects of the trials along the way.


  • CT Governor Ned Lamont Welcomes YSPH Students with a Reopening Connecticut Panel Discussion

    The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) is honored to host Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont as he welcomes students back to campus for the Fall semester and discusses Connecticut’s COVID-19 efforts. Governor Lamont will be joined by a distinguished panel of guests including:

    • Dr. Albert Ko, MD - YSPH Professor and Chair of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; Co-chair of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group

    • Indra Nooyi (Yale SOM ’80) - Co-chair of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group; Board co-chair of Advance CT; former CEO of PepsiCo

    • Maritza Bond, MPH – Director of Health for the City of New Haven

    YSPH Dean Sten H. Vermund will serve as moderator for this event.

    Guests will also be greeted by President Peter Salovey and City of New Haven Mayor, Justin Elicker.

    Governor Ned Lamont was sworn into office in 2019 as the 89th Governor of the State of Connecticut. An alumnus of the Yale School of Management (MBA ’80), Governor Lamont is the first Connecticut Governor in 80 years to get his start as a businessman and job creator. He is the founder of Lamont Digital Systems, a telecommunications company and began his political career as a member of the Greenwich, CT Board of Selectmen and Board of Estimation and Taxation. As Governor, he formed the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group consists of leaders from business and public health, working in partnership with the State of Connecticut to determine when and how to reopen the economy and education systems. To do so, they have had to balance the two pressing priorities of economic concerns with public health implications.

  • Science in the time of coronavirus

    How do we trace the origins of viral outbreaks? How do viruses change hosts? What can evolution tell us how long a recovered person will be immune before reinfection? And how do a marine biologist and a fungal geneticist end up working together on virus evolution? This week, join Drs. Jeffrey Townsend (Yale University) and Alex Dornburg (Museum and UNC Charlotte) for an informal conversation about how scientists have mobilized to face evolving threats to human health.

  • Sequential Bayesian Designs for Rapid Learning in COVID-19 Clinical Trials

    Biostatistics Seminar - 6.9.2020

    Frank Harrel, Professor of Biostatistics
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

  • Biostatistics Seminar - 6.2.2020

    Nicholas Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Internal Medicine & Biomedical Engineering

  • COVID-19 projections for Connecticut

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Statistics & Data Science, Operation, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

    5.25.2020 Biostatistics Seminar

  • Yale at the Frontier: Rising to the Challenges of COVID-19

    Nancy Brown, M.D., Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of the Yale School of Medicine, hosts a virtual conversation highlighting the extraordinary efforts being made across the Yale campus to conquer the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FEATURING • Jeffrey Brock, Ph.D., Dean, Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science; Dean of Science, Faculty of Arts & Sciences • Ellen Foxman, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and of Immunobiology • Murat Gunel, M.D., Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery; Chief, Neurosurgery, Yale New Haven Health System • Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology • Harlan Krumholz, M.D., S.M., Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine; Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital • Saad Omer, Ph.D., MPH, Director, Yale Institute for Global Health; Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases • Paul Taheri, M.D., MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Yale Medicine • Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., Dean, Yale School of Public Health; Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health • Vincent Wilczynski, Ph.D., Deputy Dean, Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science • Craig Wilen, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and of Immunobiology; Medical Director, Immune Monitoring Core Facility

    Originally recorded: Friday, May 8, 2020

  • COVID-19, Science and the Way Forward on Climate Change

    Robert Dubrow, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences); Faculty Director, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Environmental Health Sciences

    April 2, 2020

  • Estimating the early death toll of COVID-19 in the United States

    Dan Weinberger, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale School of Public Health April 2020 Seminar

  • EMD Research Day: YSPH and the COVID-19 Biorepository

    Anne Wyllie, PhD, Associate Research Scientist

    April 27, 2020

  • EMD Research Day Panel: Working with Fragile and Vulnerable Populations

    Panelists: Lauretta Grau, PhD - Research Scientist in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health

    Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH - Associate Professor of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health

    James Hadler, MD, MPH – Clinical Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, and Senior Infectious Disease and Medical Epidemiology Consultant to the Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Programs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

    Moderator: Gerald Friedland, MD - Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health; Senior Research Scientist, Infectious Diseases

    April 27, 2020

  • Community-Driven Responses To Meet Urgent Basic Needs

    Marcela Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

  • State-Wide Leadership and Partnerships in New Haven

    Marna Borgstrom, CEO Yale New Haven Health

    Vincent Petrini, Senior Vice President & Chief Policy & Communications Officer

  • Genomic Epidemiology of SARS-COV-2 in the United States

    Nathan Grubaugh, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

  • Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic - A Virtual Town Hall

    from Yale University and the Yale School of Public Health

    Credits: Yale University, Yale School of Public Health