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UCLA and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities co-host event on crisis management and the pandemic

UCLA and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) co-hosted an event on crisis management and the COVID-19 pandemic that brought together more than 500 public health specialists from 25 countries around the world

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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UCLA and the the Association of Pacific Rim Universities co-hosted an online seminar focused on crisis management and the COVID-19 pandemic that brought together more than 500 public health specialists from 25 countries around the world.

The event, “Perspectives of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Epidemiology, Prevention and Control in Pacific Rim Region,” was organized in coordination with Peking University, National University of Singapore, and University of Sydney. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block chairs the Association, and welcomed attendees to the event.

"This is a major multinational collaboration," Block said. "This will help us better understand how to respond to the defining challenge of our era. We've all been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and its fall-out at our universities and in our communities. We've seen varied strategies and experiences and we've gained insights along the way. One of the real benefits of being part of an international organization like APRU is getting the opportunity to learn from one another, tapping into the incredible wealth of knowledge and the network is a great way to uncover best practices and make informed decisions about how we face the pandemic and its affects ... the pandemic is a global challenge, and I am grateful we have such a close-knit, globally-mined group considering how best to address it."

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), founded in 1997 in Los Angeles, is a consortium of the presidents of 51 leading research universities from around the Pacific Rim, and includes 200,000 academic staff and 2 million students.

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Dean Ron Brookmeyer, distinguished professor of biostatistics, and Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang, associate dean for research and distinguished professor of epidemiology, served as co-moderators of the event, with presentations from five leading scientists.

The presenters, from all four universities and including three Fielding School faculty members, compared and contrasted the epidemiological patterns and intervention strategies (e.g., use of face masks, risk communication, social distancing, personal hygiene, stay at home orders, contact tracing and isolating) among countries in the Pacific Rim Region, which all have different patterns of COVID-19 in incidence and mortality. The speakers included:

  • Yik-Ying Teo, dean of Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Zunyou Wu, chief epidemiologist and director, Division of HIV Prevention, NCAIDS/China CD; Dr. Wu is also an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and an alumnus.
  • Julie Leask, Sydney Nursing School and School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
  • Yifang Zhu, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate dean for academic programs and professor of environmental health sciences
  • Dr. Timothy F. Brewer, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

This event was the first collaborative webinar of APRU’s crisis management working group. 

WATCH A RECORDING OF THE EVENT