COVID 19 Pandemic Emerging Testing Solutions
Presented By: David M. Engman, MD, PhD
Speaker Biography: David Engman was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa in 1961, and received a BA in Biology from Northwestern University in 1983 and MD and PhD (Genetics) degrees from the University of Iowa in 1990. He then joined Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago as a Resident Physician in Clinical Pathology. Dr. Engman completed residency training on a part-time basis over five years, which allowed him to establish an independent research laboratory as an Assistant Professor, focused on tropical parasitic infections and infection-induced autoimmune myocarditis. By 1995, Dr. Engman had completed clinical training and the Engman Lab had published 22 papers and had earned nearly $700,000 in research grants and fellowships. In 1995, Dr. Engman was appointed attending Molecular Genetic Pathologist at NMH as well as Director of the Northwestern MD-PhD Program (Medical Scientist Training Program – MSTP). He taught microbiology, pathology and genetics to Northwestern medical students, graduate students and undergraduates. Dr. Engman maintained the roles of teacher, mentor, scientist, pathologist and MSTP Director for the next 17 years. In 2011 he stepped down as MSTP Director to become Chief of the Thorson Goodall Diagnostic Molecular Biology Lab at NMH. By the end of his time at Northwestern in 2016, Dr. Engman had trained more than 90 scientists and physician-scientists in his research lab and published nearly 100 research articles and reviews. Grant and fellowship income during his 25 years at Northwestern exceeded $25 million. Finally, Dr. Engman taught nearly 5,000 medical, graduate and undergraduate students and mentored over 200 MSTP students and dozens of junior faculty. In 2015 he was voted Mentor of the Year by the Northwestern Medical School faculty, not only for mentoring so many students and faculty, but also for his specific focus on promoting careers of women and others underrepresented in science and medicine. In 2016, Dr. Engman was recruited to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to be Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with a 10-year goal of becoming a top 20 academic department. The department enjoyed tremendous growth in all mission areas under Dr. Engman’s leadership. Quality improved significantly and the clinical laboratory was named the #2 hospital lab in the US by Medical Laboratory Observer in 2017. 31 new faculty were recruited from top universities, including a dozen scientists and physician-scientists, and research grant income increased by over $9 million per year to earn a top 25 NIH ranking.
Webinar: COVID-19 Pandemic: Emerging Testing Solutions
Webinar Abstract: SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19, a potentially lethal viral infection that can cause severe pneumonia, long-term adverse effects to several organ systems, and death in some individuals. Since the infection was first reported at the end of 2019, the entire world has endured widespread infection and the global diagnostics and biopharmaceutical industries have mobilized to create diagnostic tests, antiviral drugs, and vaccines to help combat this global pandemic. The objectives of this presentation are (1) to provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic, (2) to discuss SARS-CoV-2 variants with respect to both spread and virulence, (3) to review the current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in terms of both efficacy and limitations, and (4) to review the types of SARS-CoV-2 tests that are available. The final part of the presentation will review what has been most important during the first two years of the pandemic and discuss what will be most important going forward. The overall goal is for the audience to have an up-to-date understanding of the epidemiology, virology, vaccination, and testing for SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and what to look forward to in the coming year as we work together to manage this very serious challenge to global health.
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