Radcliffe Institute Public Symposium on Epidemics

Radcliffe Institute Science Symposium entitled “The Contagion: Exploring Modern Epidemics” will be held on Friday October 27th, 2017. The symposium looks at new ways of tracking epidemics using big data and social networks to predict and stem the rise of emergent diseases. Epidemiologists, journalists, physicians, public officials, scientists, and sociologists will discuss cutting-edge research, prediction mechanisms, and possible solutions to the range of epidemics that face our world today—from Ebola and SARS to the more recently recognized social epidemics of the opioid crisis and gun violence.

The morning will open with the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Lizabeth Cohen and framing remarks by Janet Rich-Edwards, co-director of the Science Program. The morning session will focus on infectious disease epidemics, the early afternoon session will discuss the use of big data, and the late afternoon session will explore the social roots of epidemics. The symposium will conclude with a talk by Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who specializes in global public health and foreign policy.

The symposium is free and open to the public. The conference will also be webcast live on October 27. Registration is not required to view the webcast.

Faculty, fellows and students at the Center for Health Decision Science work on a variety of approaches to inform policy questions related to infectious diseases, including modeling methods, cost-effectiveness analyses, and policy and practice. CHDS community members interested in policy-relevant infectious disease modeling and decision analyses are encouraged to attend!

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