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Monday 22 June 2020


Post COVID-19: The quest for a vaccine and the future of care

Tim G. Ferris MD, MPH and Bruce D. Walker MD

We will be getting together with Tim Ferris and Bruce Walker to discuss how Mass General, Harvard and MIT are working together to develop a vaccine and change healthcare.

Tim G. Ferris

Tim is is chief executive officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Trained in internal medicine and pediatrics, Tim is a practicing primary care physician at Mass General. Prior positions include the senior vice president for population health at Partners HealthCare, medical director of the Mass General Physicians Organization, and vice president for quality for the MGH Department of Pediatrics.

Tim has played multiple roles at the national and international level. He is currently a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services independent advisory council on physician payment policy in the US and  serves on the board of England’s National Health Service (NHS Improvement).

Bruce D. Walker

Bruce is the Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon Professor of Immunology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. He is the founding and current director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, whose mission is to create cross-disciplinary collaborations in order to harness the immune system to prevent and cure human disease.

In addition to his clinical duties as an Infectious Disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, his research focuses on cellular immune responses in chronic human viral infections, with a particular focus on HIV immunology and vaccine development. Dr. Walker serves as co-director and co-founder of the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness, a massive cross-institute collaborative effort, first convened in March of this year, aimed at understanding and containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In the wake of the clinical crisis created by the COVID pandemic, we now face the daunting scientific challenge of delivering a vaccine to the world’s population."

Dr Tim Ferris