The free live virtual forum, which is open to the public, will take place from
The 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 will bring together top global scientists and health experts discussing the latest discoveries, evidence-based insights and best practices for living in a world with COVID-19, and will build on a well-received similar forum hosted last year by
The event will be of interest to global tourism leaders, WTTC Members, government agencies, destination partners, trade and private businesses who want to hear up-to-the-minute scientific and medical research that can be used to inform practical, adaptable and science-based solutions for mitigating COVID-19, in order to move beyond the pandemic.
Topics will focus on vast knowledge of COVID-19 informing a post-pandemic world
This unique virtual summit, co-hosted by
“We are privileged to once again host a panel of esteemed experts who each offer valuable insight on how best to apply the latest science and medical evidence to address the many practical questions people have about living in a world with COVID-19,” said
“We are grateful to the highly regarded experts who have agreed to participate in our 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 – and to share with us what they’ve learned at the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle,” said Donald. “Their insights will be incredibly helpful as businesses and governments alike seek to better understand COVID-19’s impact on society, and together we can determine safe and workable evidence-based practices for mitigating and living with the virus. We also appreciate Hilton for joining us this year as a supporting sponsor.”
Panelists share learnings from intensive year of focused efforts to understand COVID-19
The Summit will feature a robust lineup of world-renowned medical, epidemiological and public health experts to explore and share the most recent findings and daily practices to curb the spread of COVID-19 in a post-pandemic future.
The current roster of panelists, in alphabetical order, includes:
Michael Diamond, M.D., Ph.D., the Herbert S. Gasser Professor of Medicine at Washington University. Dr. Diamondis recognized internationally for his work involving Zika, West Nile, chikungunya, and related emerging viruses.
Steven Gordon, M.D., chairman, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic, Respiratory Instituteand professor of Medicine, The Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western University. Dr. Gordonhas been focused on hospital infection prevention, including device-associated and opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients.
Michael Lin, M.D., Ph.D. is associate professor of Neurobiology, Bioengineering, and Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University. A NIH Pioneer Award recipient, Dr. Lindevelops protein-based tools for molecular imaging and control of gene and viral therapy.
William Morice, II, M.D., Ph.D., chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathologyat Mayo Clinic, president, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, and professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Dr. Moriceis an expert in diagnostic testing serving in leadership roles for numerous boards and partnerships to enhance understanding of clinical diagnostics and test utilization.
Jewel Mullen, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for Health Equity, University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School. Dr. Mullenis an internist, epidemiologist and public health physician leader and the former principal deputy assistant secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS).
Emil Christian Reisinger, director of the Department of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseasesat the Department of Internal Medicineat the University of Rostock, dean of the University and member of the board of the University Hospital Rostock.
Clare Rock, M.D., M.S., is associate professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Armstrong Institute of Patient Safety and Quality Core Faculty, and Healthcare Epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Rockis an infectious disease academic physician who innovatively translates healthcare infection prevention strategies to the business, travel & hospitality, and event management industries. Her consultative services, Infection Prevention Strategy Consulting LLC, are guiding companies through the COVID-19 pandemic to their “Next New Normal.”
Stefano Vella, M.D., adjunct professor of Global Health at the Catholic Universityof Romeand a member of the program committee of Horizon Europe – Health Cluster, the research program of the European Commission. Dr. Vellaspecializes in infectious diseases and internal medicine and is a researcher in pathogenesis and therapy of viral infections. Specific research has been conducted by Dr. Vellaon major pandemics, including on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.
Scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT) [
Participants will be invited to submit questions in advance. Members of the media are welcome to join for all or part of the sessions or connect with members and/or presenters.
According to WTTC’s 2021 Economic Impact Report, during 2020, a year in which it was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Travel & Tourism made a 5.5% contribution to global GDP and was responsible for 272 million jobs.
According to WTTC’s Social Impact Paper, which focuses on the Travel & Tourism sector as a driver of social impact, international travel and tourism, and particularly, international spending, is vital to support job creation from megacities to rural communities. According to the research, at the global level, for every 34 international visitors to a destination, one new job is created. In addition, this research found that for every
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