The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is excited to advance discovery and innovation in infectious diseases and immune-mediated disorders research by leveraging data and data science approaches. Towards this end, NIAID will conduct a series of ideas and innovation webinars that bring together experts and stakeholders in data science, infectious disease, immunology, and immune-mediated disorders.

Through the webinar series, participants will have the opportunity to provide insights into the current landscape of data science research and development, as well as offer ideas that promise to shape the future of data-driven immune-mediated and infectious disease research. The webinar series will serve as a platform for collaboration, idea generation, and networking among participants and generate foundational materials that is expected to inform the prospective role of data science in advancing NIAID’s mission.

Organizing Committee:

Purvesh Khatri, Stanford University – Co-Chair
Stephany Duda, Vanderbilt University – Co-Chair
Christopher Marcum, NIAID – Federal lead
Liliana Brown, NIAID
Ishwar Chandramouliswaran, NIAID
Anupama Gururaj, NIAID
Jason Hataye, NIAID
Jane Lockmuller, NIAID
Emily Ricotta, NIAID
Steve Tsang, NIAID

Harnessing the Power of Data for Immune-Mediated and Infectious Disease Research - An Expert Panel Discussion

February 26th, 12:00-1:30 ET

This event is the first in the series to initiate discussions on provocative and untapped research topics at the intersection of biomedical data science and immune-mediated and infectious diseases.

Our expert panel will engage in a moderated discussion following short talks where they highlight the current landscape, future challenges, and the potential of data science within NIAID’s primary mission to conduct and support basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

12:00 - 12:15 p.m. Welcome, Dr. Chris Marcum
Dr. Jill Harper, NIAID Deputy Director for Science Management
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Setting the Stage
Stephany Duda, Ph.D. Event Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University
12:30 - 12:40 p.m. The Importance of Data Being Global
Lynda Stuart, M.D. Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Vaccines and Immunobiology
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
12:40 - 12:50 p.m. All Datasets are Local: The Missing Pieces of Collaborative Study Design that Can Lead to Incorrect Inferences
Keri Althoff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins University
12:50 - 1:00 p.m. Framing the Problem: Three Structural Challenges for Data Science
Purvesh Khatri, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor of Medicine
Research Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection and of Biomedical Data Science
Stanford University
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Moderated Panel Discussion
1:15 - 1:25 p.m. Question and Answer Session
1:25 - 1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Dates of the future events will be published shortly