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Methodological challenges and approaches in COVID-19 epidemiology - Professor Marc Lipsitch visiting lecture
In this seminar hosted by the Turing-RSS Laboratory and Joint Biosecurity Centre, Professor Lipsitch will discuss the challenges of understanding COVID-19 transmission, clinical course, and prevention.

For transmission, he'll discuss the challenges of household and other secondary attack studies as described in a recent review, as well as some ways to address these challenges.

For clinical course, he'll describe the design challenges and main findings of work on a large US health insurer's data base.

Last, he'll describe the challenges of observational, post-approval vaccine evaluations and the approach used by the team with which he collaborated in Israel to assess the effectiveness of BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting.

About the speaker:
Marc Lipsitch is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is an internationally-recognized expert in epidemiological methods and disease transmission modeling, and has been a leading scientific authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lecture will be hosted by Johanna Hutchinson, Director of Data and Data Science at the Joint Biosecurity Centre, and by Professor Chris Holmes, Director of the Turing-RSS Lab.

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