Triangle COVID-19 Response through a Global Health Lens

Are you interested in learning how Triangle companies, organizations, and individuals are being impacted by COVID-19 and contributing to the global pandemic response? Please join us online to learn how our communities are being impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, and how our global health leaders address these challenges through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation to improve the health of populations around the world.

This online program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The event will be hosted on Zoom, and will include time for participant Q&A.

Triangle COVID-19 Response Through a Global Health Lens

Thursday, May 14 (12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT)

Important details:

  • The Program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

  • Please download Zoom prior to the webinar to join the session.

  • There will be time for audience Q&A

Featured speakers:​

Julie Barnes-Weise, JD, Executive Director, Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance Accelerator (GHIAA)

Julie is a Senior Consultant to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI), Consultant and lecturer at the Duke Law School Access to Medicines course; Board Member, Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for Research and Development, and has been a Consultant to the WHO. She is also a Collaborator with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Global Action in Action initiative. She was formerly a Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Director of the Sanford Innovation, Technology, Policy project.

Julie is a lawyer, business development executive, speaker and Certified Licensing Professional. She was formerly an attorney and Director of Business Development at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK) and has consulted for BioMatch, LLC for many years. She has decades of experience negotiating IP licenses, alliance agreements and advising companies, nonprofits and other institutions on partnering, IP and development strategies.

Julie Casani, MD, MPH, Medical Director, North Carolina State University Student Health Services

Dr. Julie Casani is the Director and Medical Director of Student Health Services at NC State University where she oversees the delivery of primary care, women’s services, physical therapy, nutrition services and pharmacy to students, faculty and staff. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Biological Sciences where she instructs in Global Public Health, Agriculture Security and One Health and mentors pre-health students.


Until June of 2017, she was the Director of Public Health Preparedness and Response in the North Carolina Division of Public Health. From 1999-2006, she was the Preparedness Director at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She has been a policy and health practice consultant to several national workshops and committees in Weapons of Mass Destruction for Federal and State agencies, serving on multiple Defense Science Boards.  She also served three consecutive terms as a member of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee for DHS. She recently co-authored the text: Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response.

Dr. Casani practiced clinical Emergency Medicine in the Johns Hopkins system for 17 years. She has been actively involved in Emergency Medical Services since the 1970’s serving at every level from ambulance provider to an appointed member of the Maryland State EMS Board. Dr. Casani received her Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine and her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Alison Motsinger-Reif, PhD, Chief, Biostatistics & Computational Biology Branch and Principal Investigator, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D., is Chief and a principal investigator in the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch (BCBB). The primary goal of the BCBB is the development of computational methods to detect genetic risk factors of common, complex traits in human populations. As the field of human genetics increasingly accepts a complex model of phenotypic development involving many genetic and environment factors, it is increasingly important to develop analytical strategies that incorporates this complexity. Data collected from different physiological compartments that represent biological flux across time and space, such as genetic, metabolomics, and environmental data, will need to be incorporated to gain a fuller understanding of the biological mechanism underlying complex phenotypes. The Branch’s research is focused on the development of methods to detect such complex predictive models in high-throughput genomic data.

Before moving to the NIEHS, Dr. Motsinger-Reif was a Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University and Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Pharmacology at UNC Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt University in 2007. Her expertise is in computational genetics, pharmacogenetics, and epistasis.

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