The Center for Infection and Immunity Symposium

The Center for Infection and Immunity Symposium

Join us in celebrating W. Ian Lipkin, MD, the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The event marks Lipkin’s 40th year in research, 50th year in medicine, and the 170th anniversary of John Snow’s implication of the Broad Street water pump during the cholera epidemic in London.

Friday, April 5, 2024
In-Person Symposium | 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Reception and Dinner | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Low Library, Columbia Morningside Campus, 535 116th Street, NYC
Business Casual Attire

This in-person event is open to invitees only. 
We welcome the greater Columbia Community to participate virtually.

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W. Ian Lipkin, MD

John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
Professor of Neurology, Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
Director, Center for Infection and Immunity
Director, Global Alliance for Preventing Pandemics

We value inclusion and access for all participants and are pleased to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodation to attend this event, please contact no later than 10 days prior to event date. We will work with our colleagues at Disability Services to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met. 

Symposium Agenda 

9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:20 a.m. Panel 1
Begin At The Beginning: Zoonoses/One Health

  • Moderator: Peter Palese, PhD, Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Microbiology Chair, Department of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
  • Jonathan Epstein DVM, MPH, PhD, Vice President for Science & Outreach, EcoHealth Alliance
  • Stephen S. Morse, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center 
  • Jürgen Richt, DVM, PhD, Regents and University Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University Director, National Institutes of Health Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Director, US Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases
  • Pedro Vasconcelos, PhD, Professor of Pathology, University of Pará in Belém;  Titular of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences

10:05 a.m. Panel 2
Eureka, I've Found It!: Pathogen Discovery

  • Moderator: Billy Karesh, DVM,  Executive Vice President for Health and Policy, EcoHealth Alliance, President, World Organization for Animal Health Working Group on Wildlife, Chair, International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission's Wildlife Health Specialist Group, Adjunct Professor, Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
  • Thomas Briese, MS, PhD, Associate Director, Center for Infection and Immunity and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
  • Jane Burns, MD, Macklin Foundation Professor for Kawasaki Disease Research, Director of Kawasaki Disease Clinic & Kawasaki Disease Research Center Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego  
  • Nischay Mishra, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (In the Center for Infection and Immunity) at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
  • Gustavo Palacios, PhD, Professor of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

10:50 a.m. Break

11:10 a.m. Panel 3
An Ounce of Prevention: A Global Immune System: Outbreak Response and Capacity Building

  • Moderator: Nancy Messonnier, MD, Dean and Bryson Distinguished Professor in Public Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 
  • Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, University Professor of Epidemiology, ICAP, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
  • Lisa Hensley, MHS, MSPH, PhD, Research Lead, Zoonotic and Emerging Disease Research Unit, National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, USDA Agricultural Research Service 
  • Guillermo Ruiz-Palacios, MD, Emeritus Researcher in Medical Sciences, National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran 
  • J. Kenneth Wickiser, PhD,  Associate Professor of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center and Administrative Director, Global Alliance for Preventing Pandemics 

11:55 a.m. Panel 4
Messaging Part 1: Journalism

12:40 p.m. Lunch

1:40 p.m. Panel 5
So That's Why It's Called The National Institutes of Health! Bench to Bedside/Translational Research

  • Moderator: David Perlin, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President, Center for Discovery and Innovation, Hackensack Meridian Health Professor, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine Fellow, New York Academy of Sciences Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology 
  • Ralph Baric, PhD, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Lisa Danzig, MD, Advisor, Pandefense Advisory, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Amicitiam Partners, Vice President, Development and Medical Affairs, PaxVax 
  • Heinz Feldmann, MD, PhD, Chief, Disease Modeling and Transmission Section, Chief, Laboratory of Virology, Chief Scientist of the RML BSL4 Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 
  • Barney Graham, MD, PhD, Senior Advisor for Global Health Equity Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology, Morehouse School of Medicine

2:25 p.m. Panel 6
Why Do I Still Feel Awful? Post-Infection Syndromes and Chronic Illness

  • Moderator: Steve Jacobson, PhD, Chief, Senior Investigator, Viral Immunology Section, National Institutes of Health 
  • Anthony Komaroff, MD, Simcox/Clifford/Higby Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Senior Physician, Brigham & Women’s Hospital 
  • Avindra Nath, MD, Senior Investigator and Clinical Director, Section of Infections of the Nervous System, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 
  • Derya Unutmaz, MD, Professor, The Jackson Laboratory Principal Investigator, The Unutmaz Lab 
  • Vicky Whittemore, PhD, Program Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Panel 7
Nature AND Nurture: Cohorts and Exposome Research

  • Moderator: Julio Licinio, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, Upstate Medical University CEO and Publisher, Genomic Press 
  • Oliver Fiehn, MSc, PhD, Director, West Coast Metabolomics Center, National Institute of Health Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California – Davis 
  • Gary Miller, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences (in Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics), Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
  • Camilla Stoltenberg, PhD, Former Director General, Norwegian Institute of Public Health Professor, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, CEO, NORCE
  • Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 

4:15 p.m. Panel 8
Messaging Part 2: The Arts

Dr. Lipkin worked with the panel on the 2011 film, “Contagion” as a Scientific Advisor. The film chronicled a fictional pandemic and resurged in popularity during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak.

5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, FACPM, CEO, 
  • W. Ian Lipkin, MD, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Neurology, Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 
  • Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

5:30 p.m. Symposium Concludes

6:00 p.m. Celebratory Cocktail Reception and Dinner in Low Library