16th Annual Dr. Edward B. Leahey and Michael I. Leahey Lecture Series - June 16th

June 4, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 5:00 to 6:00 pm EST

Speaker: Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH

"Evaluating and Implementing COVID-19 Vaccines in a Rapidly Evolving Pandemic"

Dr. Magdalena Sobieszczyk  is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York. She received her degrees from Harvard and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Subsequently she completed her clinical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

She is a clinical virologist and the principal investigator of the NIH-funded Columbia Collaborative Clinical Trials Unit which has been advancing the science of HIV and, most recently, of emerging infections like SARS-CoV-2. Her research focuses on the development, testing, and implementation of biomedical strategies to prevent HIV infection, specifically HIV vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and she has led many international studies in this area.

Her work also extends to testing interventions that address healthcare disparities and access to HIV and COVID care and prevention in the Black and Latino communities. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has led and has been involved in several studies evaluating the seroprevalence, epidemiology and clinical sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, as well as studies that focus on assessing vaccine responses and post-vaccine course in diverse hosts. At the national and local level, she has led efficacy studies testing COVID-19 vaccines and novel interventions to prevent and treat COVID-19.

The annual Leahey Lecture, sponsored by the Leahey Foundation, the Department of Medicine, and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, memorializes two outstanding individuals: Edward B. Leahey, Jr., MD, for his pioneering cardiac research, and his brother Michael I. Leahey, for his vital contributions to the funding and administration of clinical trials. The Leahey Lecture was established to address scientific and administrative issues in the conduct of clinical research, including relationships among academic medical centers, governments, and industry. 

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Infectious Diseases, Medical School, Public Health, Global Health, Research, Translational Therapeutics


For Zoom link please contact: irving_institute@cumc.columbia.edu