Chronic Disease Seminars

This seminar series focuses on one of today's greatest public health challenges: the global epidemic of chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and the pandemic of obesity. To foster discussion and innovation across the Mailman community on key questions such as the role of prevention and health preservation, how to reduce disparities, determining which policies and interventions will be most impactful and at what points in the life-course, and how to set goals and measure progress, the School offers talks by thought leaders outside of and among the Mailman School faculty.

All events are open to the public.

Faculty and doctoral students are invited to meet with the speakers. To arrange to meet with a speaker, contact las2336 [at] (Lauren Sagnella).

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Please notify the office at least 10 days in advance if you require closed captioning, sign-language interpretation or any other disability accommodations. Alternatively, Disability Services can be reached at 212.854.2388 and disability [at]

2020-2021 Schedule

Priorities in COVID-19 Vaccination  

October 29, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH 
President, Global Immunization
Sabin Vaccine Institute 

Ronald Bayer, PhD 
Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 

Zoom Registration Required 

Public Health Writ Large: Ecosystem Devastation and the Future of the Earth 

November 19, 2020
11:30 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.

Alexander Pfaff, PhD 
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

Gary Miller, PhD 
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Vice Dean, Research Strategy and Innovation
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Zoom Registration Required 

A Blood test for Cancer: A New Dimension in Case Finding

January 28, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

More information to come.

Diseases of Despair: Psychosocial Pathways and Disease Patterns 

February 25, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

More information to come. 

ZZZs and Disease: Sleep Pathologies and Health  

March 25, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

More information to come. 

Previous Events

Scoping the Future: A Research Agenda for Public Health 

September 24, 2020

James W. Curran, MD, MPH 
Dean, Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University 

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH 
Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health 
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center 
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine 
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health