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International Center for Genetic Disease
Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Harvard Medical School
Bahrain Ministry of Health

MARCH 31, 2022 | 8AM - 1PM EDT

Virtual – on Cisco Platform


Genomics, Testing and Surveillance in COVID-19 Pandemic

SARS CoV-2 Evolution and Variants: Lessons from the Past, Anticipating the Future

Bette Korber, PhD
Laboratory Fellow
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Local and global genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 to support the public health response to COVID-19

Bronwyn MacInnis, PhD
Director of Pathogen Genomic Surveillance, and Institute Scientist
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

COVID-19 Testing and Tracking in Bahrain

Manaf Al-Qahtani, MD
Professor of Medicine, RCSI Medical University of Bahrain
Senior Consultant Infectious Diseases & Clinical Microbiologist

Host Genetics of COVID-19

Andrea Ganna, PhD
EMBL-group leader,
Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Therapeutic Efforts for COVID-19

Creating a New Oral Medicine for COVID-19: The Development of Molnupiravir

Nicholas A. Kartsonis, MD
Sr Vice President, Clinical Research - ID & Vaccines, Merck Research Laboratories,
Merck & Co. Inc.

Oral Inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease for the Treatment of COVID-19

Dafydd Owen, PhD
Senior Scientific Director, Medicinal Chemistry
Pfizer Inc.

Global and National Response to COVID-19

National Response To COVID-19 in Bahrain

Jameela Mohammed Al-Salman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Arabian Gulf University
Chief of Medical Staff for Medical Departments in Salmaniya Medical Complex
Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases

Jaleela Sayed Jawad, MBBS, ABFM, MSc TMIH, DLSHTM
Chief Executive Officer of Primary Healthcare Centers
Kingdom of Bahrain

COVID-19 in Brazil

Marcia Castro, PhD
Chair, Department of Global Health and Population
Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

National Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan

Chen Chien-Jen, MD, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Academia Sinica
Former Vice-President of Taiwan

National Public Health Response to COVID-19

Barbara Mahon, MD, MPH
Incident Manager of COVID-19 Response,
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

IT and Social Platforms & Global Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemic, Experience of Google

Von Nguyen, MD, MPH
Clinical Lead, Population Health

COVID-19 Pandemic, Experience of Meta

Kang-Xing Jin
Head of Health
Meta (formerly Facebook)