COVID-19 Disaster Research and Prevention Symposium

Join the GC-CPEH, the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Sciences Core, and the OST at the Embassy of France on May 19, 2021, for the COVID-19 Disaster Research and Prevention Symposium to understand an international perspective about the COVID-19 crisis.

The symposium will feature renowned speakers from US and France exploring “an international perspective about the COVID-19.”  

Free Virtual Symposium

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 8am -1pm (CST)

Co-sponsored by the GC-CPEH and the Office for Science and Technology (OST) at the Embassy of France in the United States

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(All times listed are in Central time and the speakers and presentation titles are subject to change)

8:00 – 8:10 AMWelcome/General Introduction (Dr. Cheryl Walker, BCM)
8:10 – 8:25 AM Opening Remarks
Alexis Andres, Consul General of France in Houston
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Tentative)
Session 1: Facilitator, Dr. Elaine Symanski, BCM
8:30 – 9:00 AMImpact of Air Pollution on COVID Mortality
Dr. Francesca Dominici, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
9:00 – 9:30 AMImproving Air Quality Following the COVID Lockdown
9:30 – 10:00 AMSARS CoV-2 Wastewater Data to Action
Dr. Loren Hopkins, Houston Health Department
10:00 – 10:10 AMBREAK
Session 2: Facilitator, Renaud Seigneuric, OST at the Embassy of France
10:15 – 10:45 AMDesigning a Second-Generation Vaccine to Tackle SARS-CoV2 Variants
Dr. Pascal Brandys, Co-founder Phylex BioSciences, Inc.
10:45 – 11:15 AMMolecular Surveillance of SARS-CoV2, the Nasal Microbiome and Infection
Dr. Richard Pyles, The University of Texas Medical Branch
11:15 – 11:55 AMOneHealth: it’s all related
Drs. Karine Chalvet-Monfray and Gwenael Vourch, National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment
11:55 AM – 12:05 PM BREAK
Q&A Session: Facilitator, Dr. Chris Amos, BCM
12:10 – 12:55 PM Q&A Session with panelists
12:55 – 1:00 PM Closing Remarks
Renaud Seigneuric, OST at the Embassy of France