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2020 Webinar Series


This free webinar series explores transdisciplinary perspectives on pandemics in the context of COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 emergency presents a global challenge to our health care systems, our economy and our ways of living. In the face of this unprecedented global health crisis, McMaster is dedicated to innovation and collaboration in the discovery of solutions to help combat COVID-19.

Take part in these webinars as experts delve into topics including flattening the curve, forecasting the new Coronavirus, cultural histories and reactions to past pandemics, and the search for a magic bullet. The series is part of the Master of Science in Global Health program's global health symposium, the program's capstone project.

Past webinars


Paul M. O'Byrne, MB, FRCP(C), FRSC

Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

McMaster University

Learning From Past Pandemics: From Black Death to COVID-19

April 22  /  10:45-11:45 a.m EDT (4:45-5:45 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Hendrik Poinar, PhD

Director of the Ancient DNA Centre,

Professor, Departments of Anthropology, Biology and Biochemistry

McMaster University

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Canada’s Research Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 24  /  10:45-11:45 a.m. EDT (4:45-5:45 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Charu Kaushic, PhD

Scientific Director of the Institute of Infection and Immunity

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

McMaster University


Geneviève Boily-Larouche, PhD

Assistant Scientific Director of the Institute of Infection and Immunity

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

McMaster University

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Vaccine Development and Pandemic Response

April 27  /  10:45-11:45 a.m. EDT (4:45 pm to 5:45 pm CEST/CAT)

Luis Barreto, MBBS, MD, MHSc.

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Research Centre Human Health Therapeutics,

National Research Council, and Cansino Biologics Inc.,

and Senior Scientific Advisor, Inventprise/Inventvac.

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Antibiotics, Resistance, and Pandemics

April 29  /  10:45 -11:45 a.m. EDT (4:45-5:45 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Gerry Wright, PhD, FRSC, FAAM

Canada Research Chair in Molecular Studies of Antibiotics

Scientific Director, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery

McMaster University

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Ethical Dimensions of Quarantines, Isolation Declarations of States-of-Emergency and Community Lockdowns

April 30  /  10:45-11:45 a.m. EDT (4:45-5:45 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Lisa Schwartz, PhD

Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics

McMaster University


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Flattening the Curve on COVID-19: Country-Specific Comparison

May 6  /  12-1 p.m. EDT (6-7 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Om Kurmi, PhD

Respiratory Epidemiologist

Department of Medicine

McMaster University

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Forecasting and Modeling

May 8  /  12-1 p.m. EDT (6-7 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Jonathan Dushoff, PhD

Professor, Biology, Institute for Infectious Disease Research

McMaster University


Sheena Guglani, MSc

Research Analyst, eConsult Centre of Excellence (eConsult COE)

Bruyere Research Institute


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Perceptions of Past Pandemics: Cultural Histories of Public Reaction to Disease Outbreaks

May 11  /  12-1 p.m. EDT (6-7 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Sonya deLaat, PhD

Academic Advisor, Global Health Program

McMaster University


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Searching for a Magic Bullet

May 13 /  12-1 p.m. EDT (6-7 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Anja Krumeich, PhD

Department of Health, Ethics and Society

Maastricht University, The Netherlands

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Lessons from History: Looking Back, Moving Forward

May 14  /  12-1 p.m. EDT (6-7 p.m. CEST/CAT)

Andrea Baumann, PhD, FAAN, CM

Associate Vice-President, Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University


Amelia Boughn

MSc candidate, Global Health

McMaster University


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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by attendees, participants, and speakers as part of this webinar series are those of the individuals stating them and are not representative of an ideological stance or public policy position by McMaster University or the Global Health Office.