The COVID-19 Research Symposium will highlight SARS-CoV-2 research and clinical trials on a global, national, and institutional level. Speakers will discuss and present on topics such as the NIH's involvement in research since the onset of COVID-19, global vaccine development, basic science surrounding COVID-19, therapeutics, and population health.

Speakers, agenda, and registration will be released at the end of September.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
8 a.m.―12:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Registration

Register here.

This symposium is open to all trainees, faculty, and staff at UAB.

Agenda

8:00 - 8:15 a.m Introductory Remarks
Ray Watts, M.D.
President, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Tika Benveniste, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, School of Medicine (SOM)
Charlene A. Jones Endowed Chair in Neuroimmunology Professor, Department of Cell,
Developmental and Integrative Biology
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Introduction by Michael Saag, M.D.
Associate Dean for Global Health
Director, Center for AIDS Research
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Anthony Fauci, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Topic: TBD
8:45 - 9:25 a.m Session 1. Immunologic Aspects of COVID-19
Moderator: Tika Benveniste, Ph.D.
8:45 - 9:05 a.m. Frances E. Lund, Ph.D.
Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology
Topic: Visualizing Adaptive Immune Responses to SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Vaccination
9:05 - 9:25 a.m. Paul Goepfert, M.D.
Director, Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic

Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Topic: SARS-CoV-2-specific Peripheral T Follicular Helper Cells Increase During Convalescence
9:30 - 10:10 a.m Session 2. Optimizing Diagnosis and Treatment
Moderator:
Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D. 

C. Glenn Cobbs, M.D., Endowed Professor in Infectious Diseases
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
9:30 - 9:50 a.m Nathan Erdmann, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Topic: COVID Clinical Trials at UAB, Response to a Global Pandemic
9:50 – 10:10 a.m. Sixto Leal, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Microbiology, Fungal Reference Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Topic: Optimization of SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Testing Throughput and Prognostic Significance
10:15 - 10:55 a.m. Session 3. Basic Science Discovery
Moderator: Kent Keyser, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research
10:15 – 10:35 a.m. Kevin Harrod, Ph.D.
Benjamin Monroe Carraway Endowed Chair
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Topic: Screening Approaches for Repurposed Single and Combinatorial Antiviral Interventions Against SARS-CoV-2
10:35-10:55 a.m. Steven Rowe, M.D., MSPH
Director, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center

Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Topic: SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Ferret Model of Chronic Bronchitis
11:00 - 11:40 a.m Session 4. COVID-19 and Health Disparities
Moderator: Matt Might, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute
11:00 - 11:20 a.m Mona N. Fouad, M.D., MPH
Senior Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Preventive Medicine
Topic: COVID-19 Testing Model among Underserved Populations in Alabama: From Community Engagement to Follow-up
11:20 - 11:40 a.m Selwyn Vickers, M.D., FACS
James C. Lee Jr. Endowed Chair
Senior Vice President for Medicine Dean, School of Medicine

Topic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Chronic Health Disparities
11:45 - 12:15 p.m Introduction by Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D.

Kathleen Neuzil, M.D.
Director, Center for Vaccine Development
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Topic: Update on COVID Vaccines
12:20- 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


Speakers

Anthony Fauci, MD
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Kathleen Neuzil, MD
Director, Center for Vaccine Development
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Topic: Update on COVID Vaccines 
Nathan Erdmann, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Topic: COVID Clinical Trials at UAB, Responses to a Global Pandemic
Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Preventive Medicine
Topic: COVID-19 Testing Model among Underserved Populations in Alabama: From Community Engagement to Follow-up
Paul Goepfert, MD
Director, Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Topic: SARS-CoV2-Specific Peripheral T Follicular Helper Cells Increase During Convalescence 
Kevin Harrod, PhD
Benjamin Monroe Carraway Endowed Chair
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Topic: Screening Approaches for Repurposed Singe and Combinatorial Antiviral Interventions Against SARS-CoV-2
Sixto Leal, MD, PhD
Director, Clinical Microbiology, Fungal Reference Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Topic: Optimization of SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Testing Throughput and Prognostic Significance 
Frances E. Lund, PhD
Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology
Topic: Visualizing Adaptive Immune Responses to SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Vaccination 
Steven Rowe, MD, MSPH
Director, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Topic: SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Ferret Model of Chronic Bronchitis 
Selwyn Vickers, MD, FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine
Dean, School of Medicine

Co-Organizers

Etty (Tika) Benveniste, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, School of Medicine
Charlene A. Jones Endowed Chair in Neuroimmunology
Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

Kent Keyser, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research
Office of Research

Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D., MPH, FACP, FIDSA
C. Glenn Cobbs, M.D., Endowed Professor in Infectious Diseases
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Matthew Might, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute