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The Global Burden of COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the First Six Months of the Epidemic

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University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 102/2020, 01 July 2020

On 6 July 2020, Professor Dr. Eduardo J. Simoes will present some findings from the global COVID-19 pandemic as part of the "International Lounge+" lecture series. He will be looking back at the course of the pandemic and outlining how the worldwide spread of infection can be stopped. Prof. Simoes, a Brazilian-born medical doctor and epidemiologist, is Chairman of the Department of Health Management & Informatics at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine. Prof. Simoes has played an active role in the student exchange programme between the University of Bayreuth and the University of Missouri for many years and is a lecturer for the Bayreuth International Summer School (BISS).


Topic: The Global Burden of COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the First Six Months of the Epidemic

Speaker: Professor Dr. Eduardo J. Simoes (University of Missouri, USA)
Date/time: Monday, 6 July 2020, 7:30 p.m. (CET)

Live via ZOOM by following the link below:

The talk will be held in English. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to tune in!
This digital lecture will be open to the public.

About the Talk

Professor Simoes's talk will address the origin of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and how the disease is transmitted, diagnosed, and treated. In addition to traditional prevention and control strategies employed by the public health system, he will address arguments and facts relating to other measures such as lockdowns or vertical and social distancing, while presenting some simulations of their effects. Looking back on the past six months of dealing with the pandemic and its consequences, it remains to be seen what lesson we can learn, and how we can succeed in stopping the global spread of infection.

Professor Dr. Eduardo J. Simoes

About the Speaker

Professor Dr. Eduardo J. Simoes is Chairman of the Department of Health Management & Informatics at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine. He was born in Brazil and received his medical degree from the Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Pernambuco in 1981. He earned additional degrees in tropical medicine, hygiene, and public health in England (1987) and the United States (1991).

From 1983 to 1989, Dr. Simoes was a medical officer, health planner, and advisor to the Secretary of Health in Recife, Brazil, where he practiced medicine as a general practitioner. At the Missouri State De-partment of Health, Dr. Simoes served as a medical epidemiologist for chronic diseases from 1995 to 2000 and was State Epidemiologist and Chief of the Office of Epidemiology from 2000 to 2003. He is cur-rently licensed for general medical practice in the State of Pernambuco and Brazil Federal Council of Med-icine. Dr. Simoes has taught courses in medical epidemiology, public health surveillance, programme management, and planning and policy development since 1987.
​Over the past 30 years, he has provided public health consultations to organizations such as the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ministry of Health of Brazil, and other institutions in Brazil and the US. Dr. Simoes has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has been a reviewer for a number of international medical and public health journals.

International Lounge/ International Lounge+

This lecture series has been organized and conducted by the University of Bayreuth's International Office since 2015. It features talks held in English by visiting scholars and international doctoral researchers which are open to the public and free of charge. The speakers are from a wide range of subject areas that reflect or synergistically complement Bayreuth's main research priorities. Social relevance and current political issues also play a role in the selection of talks


Susan Lausmann
Welcome Services – International Office
Universität Bayreuth, Universitätsstraße 30 / ZUV, 95447 Bayreuth
Phone: 0921 / 55-5318;
E-mail: susan.lausmann@uni-bayreuth.de


Anja-Maria Meister 
Universität Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30 / ZUV
95447 Bayreuth
Telefon: +49 (0) 921 / 55 - 5300
E-Mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de

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