“Building COVID-19 Research Collaborations” is a webinar series hosted by Research, Innovations and Global Solutions that aims to highlight and facilitate research collaborations addressing public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past Webinars

Where is SARS-CoV-2 and how does it get there?

Drs. Turpin and Brown will present an overview of current research on environmental transmission and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Emerging research suggests that the virus can be transmitted through multiple routes, including via aerosols in indoor spaces. They will discuss the important remaining unknowns about environmental transmission, potential for environmental surveillance, and implications for controlling the spread of COVID-19.

Statistical Considerations in the Design and Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Prevalence Studies

SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic and antibody tests are critical for identifying COVID-19 infections, modeling transmission dynamics, estimating mortality rates and guiding policy on reopening efforts. There are many statistical considerations for the use of these tests and the design of studies to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19. Drs. Hudgens and Shook-Sa will discuss challenges faced by ongoing COVID-19 prevalence studies related to study design, test performance and generalizability of results, as well as issues around sampling frame development and adaptive sampling approaches. They also present a specimen pooling model, which may facilitate the rapid scale-up of diagnostic testing.

Kids and COVID: Overview, Epidemiology, and Public Health Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic among the youngest of us

Speakers: Whitney Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology; Aunchalee Palmquist, Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health

Drs. Palmquist and Robinson discuss their intersecting interests in COVID-19 and kids. Dr. Palmiquist focuses on the representation of children as vectors in the perinatal and postnatal periods. Dr. Robinson discusses the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and implications for public health.

Social distancing privilege and real-time message testing in North Carolina

Speakers: Nabarun Dasgupta, Senior Research Scientist, Injury Prevention Research Center; Allison Lazard, Assistant Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta shares what recent smartphone mobility data reveal about the social distancing privilege gap. Dr. Allison Lazard presents results of weekly message testing to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss implications for policy and the development of a rapid response workflow to harness emergent media.

Changing your shoes while riding a bicycle during a hurricane: developing COVID-19 models on a policy timeline.

Speakers: Mark Holmes, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management; Kim Powers, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology

Drs. Holmes and Powers share their expertise and experiences in developing rapid-response COVID-19 research.

•Building epidemic models on accelerated timelines •Standing up a multi-site collaborative of co-investigators who have never met •Developing and communicating evidence to inform urgent policy decisions



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