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UNCOVER Online Conference 2020

The UNCOVER Conference showcased the results of rapid reviews conducted by UNCOVER volunteers in response to requests from policy-makers during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Keynote presentations were given by Professor Linda Bauld, Professor Aziz Sheikh, Dr Ignazio Maria Viola and Dr Nikki Brink.

Each session included a welcome and keynote followed by two presentations discussing the completed rapid reviews, with Q&A opportunities. On Day 3, the Q&A was slightly shorter to allow for the final item of the programme, a conversation with the director of Public Health of Guernsey, which benefited from UNCOVER input. 


Full programme details and links to recordings of the three sessions are available below.

Conference Programme

Day 1: Schools and Ethnicity

Tuesday 15th September 12:00-13:30 

Schedule Talk Speaker(s)
12:00 Welcome and introduction to Keynote Professor Evropi Theodoratou, Personal chair in  Cancer Epidemiology and Global Health
12:10 Keynote: Behavioural science during a pandemic - what have we learned?  Professor Linda Bauld, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health
12:30 Q&A   
12:40 Schools Review

Introduced by Dr Amir Kirolos, Public Health Speciality Registrar & Honorary Clinical Fellow and presented by Wei Xu and Zhongyu Lang, Research Assistant and MPH student

Zhongyu Lang's LinkedIn profile

12:55 Q&A  
13:05 Ethnicity Review

Introduced by Dr Gwenetta Curry, Lecturer of Race, Ethnicity, and Health and presented by Kayla Ostrishko and Dr Prerna Krishan, MPH students

Dr Prerna Krishan's LinkedIn profile

13:20 Q&A  
13:30 Close  

Recording of the day 1 session - available via YouTube

Day 2: Facemasks and Indoor/Outdoor Transmission

 Wednesday 16th September 12:00-13:30

Schedule Talk Speaker(s)
12:00 Welcome and introduction to Keynote Professor Harry Campbell, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health
12:10 Keynote: Respiratory droplet dispersion and how face coverings mitigate virus transmission risk Dr Ignazio Maria Viola, Reader at the Institute for Energy Systems
12:30 Introduction to reviews Dr Ruth McQuillan, Co-Director MPH
12:40 Facemasks Review

Miranda Pierre and Ambika Narain, MPH students

Miranda Pierre's LinkedIn profile

12:55 Q&A  
13:05 Indoor/Outdoor Transmissions

Lara Goodwin, Toneka Hayward and Rima Nundy, MPH students

Lara Goodwin's LinkedIn profile

13:20 Q&A  
13:30 Close  

Recording of day 2 session - available via YouTube

Day 3: Transmission and Policy

Thursday 17th September 12:00-13:30

Schedule Talk Speaker(s)
12:00 Welcome and introduction to Keynote Professor Harish Nair, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health
12:10 Keynote - Responding to the needs of policymakers in the context of a public health emergency  Professor Aziz Sheikh (OBE, FRSE, FMedSci), Chair of Primary Care Research and Development.  Director of the Usher Institute
Risk factors for poor outcome in hospitalised Covid 19 patients

Dr Thulani Ashcroft (MPH student) and Izzie Dighero (MBChB student)

Dr Thulani Ashcroft's ResearchGate profile

12:50 Reproduction Rate Review Dr You Li (Leo), Research Fellow
13:10 Dr Nikki Brink, Guernsey’s Director of Public Health in conversation with UNCOVER’s Manager Emilie McSwiggan  

Recording of day 3 session - available via YouTube

If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact the UNCOVER administration team.