2020 Leiter Lecture: "Digital Epidemiology and the COVID-19 Pandemic"
Dr. John Brownstein, professor of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School and chief innovation officer of Boston Children’s Hospital, will deliver the 2020 National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Leiter Lecture.
His topic, “Digital Epidemiology and the COVID-19 Pandemic,” will address the surveillance, control, and prevention of disease; the development and application of data mining; and citizen science to public health in relation to his work with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lecture will be open to the public and streamed by NIH videocast.
The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the MLA and the NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. Lectures are chosen for their ability to discuss subjects related to biomedical communications.
Dr. Brownstein is professor of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School and chief innovation officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computational Epidemiology Lab and the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, both at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Brownstein is also Uber’s health care advisor and cofounder of the digital health companies Epidemico and Circulation.