Super-spreading Events: Lessons from India on Containment of COVID-19, Co-Hosted by Johns Hopkins India Institute

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As global COVID-19 caseloads accelerate and winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, a study in India may have delivered some key insights into the disease’s transmission. The study, co-authored by Hopkins scientist Brian Wahl, leveraged India’s extensive contact tracing to conduct the world’s largest epidemiological study of the pandemic to date, shedding new light on the nature and impact of super-spreading events, how and why the majority of the world’s cases are occurring in low-resource contexts, and other significant findings. Join Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, Senior Scholar at the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, for a conversation with Dr. Wahl and Dr. Sanjay Mehendale, Director of Research at PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Center in Mumbai, on what we can learn from India about pandemic safety.

ABOUT Dr. Brian Wahl
Assistant Scientist

Dr. Brian Wahl (BSPH '13, '17) is an epidemiologist with a broad interest in the relationship between health systems and infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries. His research focuses on understanding the changing epidemiology of pediatric respiratory diseases in the context of new health interventions. He has experience contributing to field studies and disease burden/transmission modeling projects.

ABOUT Jennifer Nuzzo
Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Department of Epidemiology; and a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations

Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH '14, SM, is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. An epidemiologist by training, her work focuses on global health security, with a focus on pandemic preparedness, outbreak detection and response, health systems as they relate to global health security, biosurveillance, and infectious disease diagnostics. She directs the Outbreak Observatory, which conducts, in partnership with frontline public health practitioners, operational research to improve outbreak preparedness and response. Dr. Nuzzo is also the lead epidemiologist for the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative housed within the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Together with colleagues from the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Economist Intelligence Unit, she coleads the development of the first-ever Global Health Security Index, which benchmarks 195 countries’ public health and healthcare capacities and capabilities, their commitment to international norms and global health security financing, and their socioeconomic, political, and environmental risk environments. Previously, she conducted research related to the Affordable Care Act, tuberculosis control, foodborne outbreaks, and water security. Dr. Nuzzo is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Health Security. Dr. Nuzzo received a DrPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an SM in environmental health from Harvard University, and a BS in environmental sciences from Rutgers University.

ABOUT Sanjay Mehendale
Director of Research at PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Center in Mumbai

Sanjay Mehendale, MD, MPH '95, FACE, FIMSA, FAMS, is Director of Research at PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Center in Mumbai. Previously, he served as Additional Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, and one of the oldest and largest medical research bodies in the world. Over his 38-year career in medical research, he also has served in various other positions at the ICMR, including Director of the National Institute of Epidemiology and roles in the National Institute of Virology, National AIDS Research Institute, and National Institute for Research on Tuberculosis. His interests include infectious diseases research such as HIV/AIDS and rotavirus, vaccine trials, health-systems research, and socio-behavioral studies related to high-risk populations. Dr. Mehendale earned an MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a Fogarty Fellow and an MD and MBBS in Preventive and Social Medicine from BJ Medical College.

 Event Date
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Start Time: 10:30am EST
End Time: 11:30am EST

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