Past Event

Talking with Data: Why is it Crucial in the COVID-19 Era?

July 21, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul and Columbia Global Centers | Rio and Center for Sustainable Development invite you to a live webinar on "Talking with Data: Why is it Crucial in the COVID-19 Era?" The keynote will be delivered by Corinne Thompson; Epidemiologist, Bureau of Communicable Diseases, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Matthew Montesano, Data Communication Specialist, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene followed by Jorge Kalil, Professor of Clinical Immunology, Allergy Director, Laboratory of Immunology, Heart Institute, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo and Banu Çakır, Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, who will speak about the Brazilian and Turkish experiences, respectively. The event will be moderated by Dr. Yanis Ben Amor, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University and Dr. Özge Karadağ Çaman, Senior Staff Associate, Columbia University.

TIME: 10 am New York | 11 am Rio | 5 pm Istanbul

About the Talk
COVID-19 related data collection and sharing practices vary among pandemic responses of countries across the world. The manner in which surveillance data is collected and shared with the public, academia, businesses, and other stakeholders in each jurisdiction can change the course of public health responses, which need to be built on public trust and tailored according to the countries’ real needs to be effective. This webinar will bring together experts from the US, Brazil and Turkey to present best practices and discuss current needs on public health data collection and sharing in the COVID-19 era.


Corinne Thompson is currently the Director of Epidemiology of Waterborne Diseases in the Bureau of Communicable Disease in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. At the moment she is activated for the DOHMH response to COVID-19 and is a co-lead for the epidemiology and data unit. Prior to this position, Corinne earned her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she studied the epidemiology of pediatric dysentery in Vietnam. She also has an MSc from LSHTM and a BS in Biology from Penn State.

Matthew Montesano is a Data Communication Specialist with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene whose work focuses on synthesizing research from health communications, user experience design, and data visualization to communicate public health data in ways that are clear, useful, and equitable.

Prof. Banu Çakır, MD, MPH, PhD, graduated in 1989 from Hacettepe University’s Faculty of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. She obtained an MPH (EPI) degree from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in 1996 and a PhD degree in Epidemiology from the Department of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in 2000. Prof. Çakır has been working at Hacettepe University since 1990, with a sabbatical period in 2008-2009 for work with the WHO, as National Program Officer for Noncommunicable Disease in Country Office-Turkey.

Jorge Kalil is Professor of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, and Director of the Laboratory of Immunology at the Heart Institute (InCor), School of Medicine, University of São Paulo (FMUSP), Brazil. He is Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, DC, and at Case Westen University, Cleveland. Kalil graduated in Medicine in Brazil in 1977, and has a Master’s degree in Immunology and Immunogenetics, and is Doctor of Science in Human Biology, both from the University of Paris VII. He is Doctor Honoris causa by the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Sorbonne Universités, Paris, France) and from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).


Dr. Ozge Karadag Caman works as a public health researcher at the Center for Sustainable Development. She earned her medical degree at Istanbul University, and her MSc and PhD Degrees in Public Health at Hacettepe University in Turkey. She also holds a postgraduate degree in health promotion from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Karadag Caman holds an associate professor of public health title in Turkey, with 15 years of academic experience in different higher education institutions in Turkey and abroad. She also has worked as a consultant for UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, IOM, WHO, and EU.

Dr. Yanis Ben Amor is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, a leading center on research around the Sustainable Development Goals-based at Columbia University. Dr. Ben Amor is also the Director of the Tropical Laboratory Initiative, a program launched by Columbia to promote access to diagnostic services to patients in remote rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Ben Amor has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, and a Masters in the same discipline from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes (Rennes, France).