COVID-19 Summit to be held virtually Nov. 4-5

Researchers and clinicians from across Cornell’s Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech will gather for an online COVID-19 Summit, Nov. 4-5, to share their expertise and clinical experience with COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research; the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Integration; and the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Registration is open to Cornell, Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech participants; registrants must use their official Cornell email address when signing up.

The summit is intended to spur cross-college, cross-campus and interdisciplinary collaborations for advancing COVID-19-related research. Topics to be discussed include:

  • molecular virology and pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection;
  • host immunology;
  • clinical outcomes and health disparities;
  • COVID-19 public health policies;
  • data science advances for understanding and managing the pandemic;
  • One Health perspectives; and
  • social sciences and modeling.

The summit will be organized as a collection of long talks (15 minutes), short talks (8 minutes), and flash talks (3 minutes). Long and short talks will be selected by the organizing committee. Flash talks will be selected from abstracts, to be submitted no later than Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. Abstracts may be submitted through the event website.

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and provost for medical affairs of Cornell University, and Cornell Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff will deliver opening remarks.

More than 25 of the leading researchers in the physical, social and life sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell will present. Talks will be grouped together into sessions organized by topic; each session will bring together speakers from multiple disciplines and will include opportunities for questions and open discussion.

The summit will close with a brainstorming and discussion forum, intended to identify opportunities for collaboration – with the ultimate goal of producing a joint “Emerging Infectious Disease Center of Excellence” grant submission by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell’s Ithaca campus.

The COVID-19 Summit website provides additional information, including a speaker list, schedule and registration details. Non-Cornell participants can join the conference if supported by a Cornell faculty member.

J. Edward Anthony is a writer in the office of the vice provost for research.

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