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Special Symposium: Learning from Pandemics

May 12, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Virtual In Person
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Learning from Pandemics:  a special symposium in celebration of Dr. Victor De Gruttola’s 50-year career at Harvard

Friday, May 12 from 3:00-5:30 pm | Snyder Auditorium, Kresge G1

A reception will follow

The event features special guest speakers and panels on:

Panel 1: Learning from global efforts to investigate & control pandemics

Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen, Wharton School of UPenn

Xihong Lin, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Kenneth Mayer, The Fenway Institute

Michael Hughes, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Panel 2: Preparing the next generation of quantitative scientists

Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Shahin Lockman, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Paige Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

JP Onnela, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



Dr. De Gruttolas research activities focus on developments of statistical methods required for appropriate public health response to the AIDS epidemic. The aspects of the epidemic on which he has worked include transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), natural history of infection with HIV, and clinical research on AIDS therapies. His work has involved not only statistical methodology, but also public health surveillance systems, medical issues surrounding HIV infection, and concerns of communities most affected by the epidemic. The goals include forecasting future AIDS incidence, developing strategies for clinical research on HIV infection, and evaluating the public health impact of antiviral treatment. The statistical issues on which Dr. De Gruttola has been engaged include evaluating the degree to which the treatment response of markers of HIV infection constitutes adequate evidence for clinical efficacy. He has also worked on projections of AIDS incidence using data from the New York City Health Department. A special focus of this work was estimation of the risk that children of HIV-infected mothers would develop AIDS in the first 10 years of life using data combined from a variety of sources.


Date: May 12, 2023
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Calendars: Symposium


Virtual In Person


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