Speakers-Day 3

09:00-10:45Panel 4: COVID-19
Moderator

Na He, MD., PhD., Professor of Epidemiology, Fudan University. Dr. He is an expert on HIV epidemiology, prevention and health care. He is a pioneer in HIV research and practice among men who have sex with men (MSM), biomedical intervention to prevent HIV transmission including early initiation of combination antiretroviral therapy and pre-exposure prophylaxis in China. Dr. He is also the founder of the Comparative HIV and Aging Research in Taizhou (CHART) cohort, which is an ongoing prospective longitudinal cohort extensively examining issues on aging-related non-communicable comorbidities. Currently, Dr. He is Vice Director of Public Health Division of the Chinese Medical Association, Vice President of Public Health Division of the Chinese Medical Doctors Association, Vice Chair of Chinese Epidemiological Association. He has served as a senior consultant to national public health education, promotion and multilevel anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns. Dr. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications including over 100 research publications in international journals and a chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health. Dr. He received Bachelor degree in Medicine and MSc in Epidemiology from the former Shanghai Medical University, PhD in Epidemiology from UCLA, and training in molecular biology as a visiting scholar at Hadassah Medical School of Hebrew University.
Talk title:
Evolving epidemiology and transmission dynamics of COVID-19 in China

Prof Hongjie Yu is a professor of infectious disease in School of Public Health, Fudan University. He was the former Director of the Division for Infectious Diseases, China CDC. Dr Yu joined the Expanded Program on Immunization Division of the Liaoning Provincial CDC in 1994, and he devoted himself in Liaoning province to eradicating polio and elimination of measles for seven years. After selected to participate in the first cohort of Chinese Field Epidemiology Training Program in China CDC in 2001, he was appointed as the Chief of the Branch of Respiratory Infectious Disease, Office for Disease Control and Emergency Response, China CDC in 2003, where he remained until accepting a new position as the Deputy director of the Office for Disease Control and Emergency Response in 2006. From 2010 to 2011, he worked in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA as a guest researcher. In 2012, he was promoted to the Director, Division for Infectious Diseases, China CDC. After serving in public health in China CDC for 16 years, he moved to the School of Public Health, Fudan University as a professor of infectious disease since May 2017.

His research interests include the transmission dynamics, epidemiological parameters, disease burden, evaluation of interventions, patients orientated bedside clinical research to understand the interaction between pathogen infection and host immune response, as well as vaccine efficacy, effectiveness, safety, and cost effectiveness for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with public health importance, e.g. human with infection of novel animal influenza virus, seasonal influenza, Hand, foot, and mouth disease caused by enteroviruses, dengue, rabies, pneumococcal and Hib diseases.
Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan serves as Professor and Assistant Dean (External Affairs) at Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is Director of Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Centre for Global Health (CGH), and Centre of Excellence (ICoE-CCOUC) of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), and Deputy Director of CUHK Jockey Club Multi-Cancer Prevention Programme. Professor Chan is also Co-chairperson of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM) Research Network and World Health Organization COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science working group, and member of Asia Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG) of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), World Meteorological Organization SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Task Team, Scientific Working Group (SWG) of World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre, WKC), Alliance of International Science Organizations on Disaster Risk Reduction (ANSO-DRR) International Steering Committee, and Third China Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR China). She was appointed CEO of GX Foundation in 2019 and concurrently serves as Visiting Professor (Public Health Medicine) at Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine, Honorary Professor at Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, and Fellow at FXB Center, Harvard School of Public Health.

Her research interests include emergency, disaster and humanitarian medicine, climate change and health, global and planetary health, Human Health Security and Health-EDRM, remote rural health, implementation and translational science, ethnic minority health, injury and violence epidemiology, and evidence-based primary care in resource deficit environments. She was awarded with the 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of the American Public Health Association, Caring Physicians of the World Award 2005, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award 2005, Hong Kong Humanity Award 2007, Leader of the Year Award 2016, National Geographic Chinese Explorer Award 2016, UGC Teaching Award 2017, National Teaching Achievement Award of People’s Republic of China 2018, and as finalist of biennial United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019. Professor Chan has published more than 300 international peer-reviewed academic/technical/conference articles.
Talk title:
Public policy responses to address the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Latin America

Prof Matias Irarrazaval is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works for the Ministry of Health of Chile, where he is the Director of the Department of Mental Health. Dr. Irarrázaval earned a Master of Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and also holds a Postdoctoral fellowship from Harvard Medical School. Previously, he worked for the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization as a specialist in evidence and research in mental health and as a consultant for UNICEF and UNESCO. He also currently works on several research projects which aim to implement prevention programs and establish sustainable scaling of public health systems to improve access to mental health treatment in Chile and the Americas. Dr. Irarrázaval received the Paramjit Toor Joshi International Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for his contributions to Global Mental Health and the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry award for his impact in the lives of Latino families and patients with mental illness in Latin America.
Talk title:
Using Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods to estimate the age-specific case fatality rate of COVID-19

Prof Hao Yuantao is currently Dean of the School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University. He received his undergraduate and graduate training in public health and preventive medicine at the West China University of Medical Sciences and his PhD in Biostatistics from Sun Yat-sen University. He is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. Prof. Hao’s research interests are focused on the development of methods for assessing health-related quality of life and burden of disease, statistical methods for spatial-temporal analysis of infectious disease surveillance data, community-based preventive and control methods for major infectious diseases in China, and reforms of public health education.
Talk title:
Global Challenges of Managing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Professor Martin C. S. Wong is a specialist in Family Medicine and a researcher in the field of cancer screening and prevention of chronic diseases. Professor Wong has composed over three hundred publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and received over 15 research awards for studies in his research area, including the prestigious “1st Distinguished Research Making Family Medicine Shine Award” by the World Organization of Family Doctors in 2018. He is the Co-Chair of the NCD stream of APRU Global Health Programme; Co-Chairman of the Grant Review Board, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau (FHB); the Convener of the Advisory Group on Hong Kong Reference Framework for Care of Diabetes and Hypertension in Primary Care Settings; a member of the Expert Advisory Panel in Implementation Science of the HKSAR government, and a member of the Research Council of the FHB. He is a reviewer of the Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom; expert reviewer of the National Medical Research Council (NMRC), Singapore; external examiners of doctoral thesis in various Universities; and an external reviewer of the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. His enthusiasm to teaching has been well received by students and has been selected for the “Master Teacher” and the “Annual Teacher of the Year Award” for seven years.

In 2016, he was conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing to recognize his achievements in the profession and contributions to primary care. He was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2017; and Fellows of various Academies, Royal Colleges and professional societies. He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of the Peking Union Medical College in March 2019; and Adjunct Professor of Global Health by the Peking University.