USF Health experts, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor present COVID-19 Town Hall

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A panel of USF Health experts, along with the Honorable Jane Castor, mayor of Tampa, will participate in a COVID-19 roundtable discussion followed by a 30-minute virtual audience Q&A session. 

This virtual event will be broadcast from Busch Gardens Tampa on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. The COVID-19 Town Hall is presented by the USF College of Public Health (COPH) and The Big Biology podcast. The public is invited to tune in remotely via the USF College of Public Health Facebook page.

Over the course of the event, the experts, moderated by COPH disease ecology expert Lynn “Marty” Martin, PhD, and Art Woods, PhD, a biology professor from the University of Montana, will discuss advances in vaccine development and deployment, epidemiological modeling efforts and successes, and medical and immunological lessons learned about this zoonotic virus. 

Panelists include:

  • The Honorable Jane Castor, mayor of Tampa
  • Kami Kim, MD, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine professor of internal medicine concentrating in infectious diseases and international medicine
  • Edwin Michael, PhD, USF College of Public Health professor specializing in epidemiology and population ecology of disease transmission
  • Michael Teng, PhD, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine associate professor and expert in immunology and vaccine development

The first hour of the event will focus on a battery of talking points prepared in advance by USF Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research faculty and students. The final 30 minutes will cover audience questions selected by John Adams, PhD, and Tom Unnasch, PhD, infectious disease experts at the COPH. The event will be released a few weeks later as a Big Biology episode, of which Drs. Martin and Woods are co-hosts. Submit questions in advance and RSVP via the town hall Eventbrite page.

“With the confluence of flu season and the increasing rates of COVID infection across the country, it is more important than ever to heighten public awareness and understanding of best practices for COVID-19 mitigation,” said Dr. Martin, an organizer of the town hall. “This event will serve to educate the public about current science and policy for this virus and provide a forum for participants to ask their own questions to the experts.”