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Chief Scientist, WHO, on “Lessons from COVID-19 to Prepare for Next Pandemic”

COVID-19 has rendered a painful blow to public health and the global economy in 2020 and 2021. Attend this lecture to hear the views of Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO, on the lessons we should take away from COVID-19 and how the world can better prepare for the next pandemic. Her remarks will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Wendy Parmet, Mathews Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern’s Center for Health Policy and Law, and Prof. Ravi Ramamurti, Center for Emerging Markets Director.

Speaker Profiles

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was appointed first Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2019. A pediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programs. Dr. Swaminathan was Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017. In that position, she focused on bringing science and evidence into health policy making, building research capacity in Indian medical schools and forging south-south partnerships in health sciences. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in Geneva.

She received her academic training in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and has published more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is an elected Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of all three science academies in India. The Science division’s role is to ensure that WHO stays ahead of the curve and leverages advances in science and technology for public health and clinical care, as well as ensuring that the norms, standards and guidelines produced by WHO are scientifically excellent, relevant and timely. Her vision is to ensure that WHO is at the cutting edge of science and is able to translate new knowledge into meaningful impact on population health worldwide.

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Thursday, October 7 at 11:15am to 12:00pm

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The Center for Emerging Markets

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