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Project Information

Project Information


Learning from Rapid Response, Innovation, and Adaptation to the COVID Crisis: A Virtual Workshop Series


Project Scope:

A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will organize a series of short, virtual workshops to consider what can be learned from collaboration, innovation, and adaptation to the COVID-19 crisis across research institutions, and how these lessons might be applied to strengthen the research enterprise against future crises. The workshops will explore how institutions have broken down barriers to accelerating research and collaboration in response to COVID-19, and how government, universities, and industry can sustain the culture of collaboration across sectors and disciplines stimulated by the crisis. Topics for exploration during the workshops include the growth of crisis-driven collaborations between universities and industry; the impacts of adaptive federal funding and regulation to support COVID-19-related research; considerations for informing future emergency planning efforts and networks; and lessons for addressing intersectional inequities during crisis. The virtual workshops are meant to catalyze high-level policy discussions and to stimulate further dialogue on opportunities and challenges for cross-sector collaboration. A rapporteur-authored proceedings in brief will be published encompassing all workshops in the series.

Status: Current

PIN: PGA-POLICY-20-25

RSO: Nicholson, Megan

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Education
Engineering and Technology
Health and Medicine
Industry and Labor
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership


Chaouki T. Abdallah - (Chair)
Olivia M. Blackmon
Cristina Thomas

Events


Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Flexibility, adaptation, and innovation by federal agencies and local governments to support acceleration of discovery and development and to enact unprecedented public health measures during the pandemic have been essential. These efforts have pushed the bounds of what many thought was possible in terms of partnering with governments at the state and federal levels. What are the broader impacts of rapid response research funding mechanisms and more adaptive regulatory frameworks on the pace, productivity, and accessibility of science? What is the future of these efforts?   

Speakers
Janet Woodcock, Therapeutics Advisor for Operation Warp Speed
Gary Disbrow, Acting Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
Michael Lauer, Deputy Director of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health

This meeting is for members of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and invited guests. 



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  GUIRR Staff
Contact Email:  guirr@nas.edu
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Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The scale and interdisciplinary nature of the crisis necessitated the formations of conventional and unconventional partnerships. How were partnerships between state governments, universities, and industry likely to form or be utilized during the crisis? How might these partnerships be sustained or grown in the long term, and how might the crisis inform the pursuit of rapid collaborative opportunities in the future?

COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition (11am-12pm ET)
Jay Schnitzer, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Medical Officer at the MITRE Corporation
Liv Blackmon, Strategic Engagement and Academic Alliances at MITRE Corporation
Clinical Care: Who is the “Fight is in Us” 
- Brian Anderson, Chief Digital Health Physician and National Program Office Director for COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition
- Katy Warren, Principal Enterprise Systems Engineer and Deputy Project Lead and Chief Engineer for The Fight Is In Us
- John Halamka, President of Mayo Clinic Platform
Wastewater Surveillance 
- Kunal J Rambhia, Lead Biotechnologist at MITRE Corporation
- Rolf Halden, Professor at Arizona State University and Founding Director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering
PPE and Supply Chain
- Taylor Wilkerson, Principal Health Systems Engineer in the Health System Engineering group at MITRE Corporation
- Neelima Ramaraju, Senior Director of Global Impact at LLamasoft 
SaraAlert 
- Paul Jarris, Chief Medical Advisor for MITRE’s Health Transformation Center
- Kenneth Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer at Oak Ridge Associated Universities 

Innovation and Cross-Sector Partnership (12:15-1:30pm ET)
Paula Johnson, President of Wellesley College 
Raymond Chiu, R&D Vice President for 3M Health Care 
Drew Bennett, Associate Director of Licensing and Tech Transfer at the University of Michigan

This meeting is for members of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and invited guests. 



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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Contact Name:  GUIRR Staff
Contact Email:  guirr@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The COVID crisis mobilized action by universities, governments, labs, and federal, state, and local governments – represented by many of you here – to organize resources and networks; instigate new partnerships; adapt to changing and uncertain circumstances; and innovate solutions to mounting public health and economic challenges. Following these actions, the crisis also catalyzed and reinvigorated conversations about the pace of science, the agility of scientific collaboration and partnership, the importance of international scientific coordination, and the significance of the public value of science. 

Dr. Christopher Austin shared his thoughts on the impacts of the research community's response to the pandemic and the ways institutions’ adaptation to the pandemic might affect the culture and productivity of the science and research collaborations in the longer-term in this keynote address. 

This meeting is for members of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and invited guests.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  GUIRR Staff
Contact Email:  guirr@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The pandemic has magnified the strengths and weaknesses of institutions’ abilities to plan and coordinate during crises, and leaders across industry and academia have identified the need for more resilient and responsive emergency research infrastructure. Were successful emergency networks pre-existing, or did they form to specifically address the crisis? What can be learned from the crisis about building agile emergency response networks at the national, state, and local levels?

Speakers:
David Abramson, Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s School of Global Public Health and Director of the Research Program on Population Impact, Recovery and Resilience 
Carolyn Kirk, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative 
Seth Marder, Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech

This meeting is for members of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and invited guests. 



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  GUIRR Staff
Contact Email:  guirr@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Evidence of the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on Black and Latinx communities mounted quickly as cases in the U.S. increased. What cross-sectoral approaches might address the health equity issues that have been magnified as a result of the pandemic? What lessons can the public health community apply to build trust and address ongoing health equity issues in communities of color? 

Speakers
Leana Wen, Emergency Physician and Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University
George Mensah, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health 
Chris Lyttle, Deputy Director of Systems for Action program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This meeting is for members of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and invited guests. 



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  GUIRR Staff
Contact Email:  guirr@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Publications

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