International Symposium: The East-West Divide in COVID-19 Mortality and Lessons for Future Pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound global impact, with varying mortality rates across different regions. Notably, Asian countries have experienced significantly lower mortality rates compared to Europe and the United States.

Various factors, including socio-economic and cultural differences, have been proposed as potential explanations for these disparities.

In an effort to be better prepared for future pandemics, Tohoku University and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) are hosting a joint symposium. This event will explore the differing COVID-19 responses from Eastern and Western perspectives.

Date: February 24, 2024
Time: 1 - 5:30 p.m. (Japan Time)
Venue: Onsite and Online
[Onsite] Sendai International Center, Exhibition Building, Meeting rooms 1 & 2 (Map)
[Online] Zoom (URL to be provided on February 21)
Language: English

To register:
Registration deadline: February 20, 2024

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Dean Jamison, professor emeritus at the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and former World Bank employee
  • Dr. Julian Tang, a professor at the University of Leicester, UK, who specializes in respiratory viruses, particularly airborne infections, and has published extensively on various countries' COVID-19 responses.

Additionally, Professor Hitoshi Oshitani from the Graduate School of Medicine, Professor Hiroo Sato from the Graduate School of Arts and Letters at Tohoku University, as well as Associate Professor Akihiko Nishi from UCLA's Department of Epidemiology, will also share their insights.

This English language symposium is open to all. Registration is required.



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