2022 Symposium

The Johns Hopkins Research Symposium on Engineering in Healthcare. Care After COVID. Monday, May 9, 2022 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Charles Commons Conference Center, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus.

Join us for the 2022 Johns Hopkins Research Symposium on Engineering in Healthcare, “Care After COVID” at Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 2022 symposium will explore challenges and opportunities faced by those who have recovered from the acute phase of Covid-19 and experiencing the chronic aftereffects. One important aim of the symposium is to identify areas where systematic deployment of appropriately designed and targeted technologies can help those most at risk from post-Covid recovery difficulties.

Who: All interested in engineering and healthcare – faculty, clinicians, researchers, students, industry leaders – are invited to attend.

Where Charles Commons Conference Center on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus 

Sessions will include: 

  • Session 1: “Understanding Long COVID”
  • Session 2: “Tackling Mental Health After COVID”
  • Session 3: “Health Data Tracking after COVID”
  • Session 4: “COVID, Politics, and Information Management”
  • Networking Reception


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Joel Bader

Joel S. Bader, a professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, is a leading innovator in genomics and biotechnology. His research explores the connection between genotype and phenotype, relating an organism’s genetic material to its observable characteristics.

Bader develops new computational methods to define how inborn genetic variants and acquired mutations lead to disease, primarily complex genetic disorders and cancer, with the goal of identifying new therapeutic targets. He also leads synthetic biology projects that design and build entire chromosomes and genomes to create new forms of life. He also leads an effort to create cells that rely on RNA (ribonucleic acid) rather than DNA for their genetic information. In related efforts, Bader’s lab develops technologies for biosafety and biosecurity, preventing the escape of engineered life and identifying evidence of genetic engineering in DNA samples.

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Alexis Battle

Alexis Battle, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and computer science at Johns Hopkins University, specializes in unlocking secrets of the human genome by analyzing large-scale genomic sequencing data to understand the impact of genetic variation on the human body. She is a 2016 Searle Scholar.

Battle’s research is concentrated on the development of computational biology tools and machine-learning strategies to examine genetic differences in gene regulation and disease. A leading member of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) Consortium, she focuses on predicting the effects of variation in noncoding DNA sequences.  Findings of her work on a GTEx project, which studied how genetic patterns lead to molecular changes within specific tissues, were published in 2017 in the journal Nature.

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Sarah Szanton

Sarah Szanton is the fifth dean of the Johns Hopkin School of Nursing.

A number of years ago, while making house calls as a nurse practitioner to homebound, low-income elderly patients in West Baltimore, Dr. Szanton noticed that their environmental challenges were often as pressing as their health challenges. Since then she has developed a program of research at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing on the role of the environment and stressors in health disparities in older adults, particularly those trying to “age in place” or stay out of a nursing home. The result is a program called CAPABLE, which combines handyman services with nursing and occupational therapy to improve mobility, reduce disability, and decrease healthcare costs. She has tested the program’s effectiveness through grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Innovations Office at the Center on Medicaid and Medicare Services. She has major funding from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation to build infrastructure for the CAPABLE program. She has also conducted a study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, of whether food and energy assistance improve health outcomes for low-income older adults. A former health policy advocate, Dr. Szanton aims her research and publications toward changing policy for older adults and their families.

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Alba Azola

Alba Azola, M.D., is a rehabilitation physician helping patients restore function and movement after an injury or illness. Her expertise includes neurorehabilitation and rehabilitation for swallowing disorders.

Dr. Azola completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where in her final year she was awarded the Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. Prior to the residency, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Swallowing Neurophysiology Laboratory at Johns Hopkins.

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Ann Parker

Dr. Ann Marie Parker is an instructor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical focus is in pulmonary and critical care medicine, with a special interest in critically ill oncology patients as well as delirium and rehabilitation in the ICU. Dr. Parker joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2016.

She earned her M.D. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins.

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Esther Oh

Dr. Esther Oh is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise is in evaluation and management of memory disorders. She has an extensive experience in evaluating memory disorders in older adults with multiple chronic diseases, and takes and integrative approach in the treatment of memory disorders.

Dr. Oh also serves as the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center.

Her research is primarily focused on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Her current projects include: development of biomarkers for detecting early stages of Alzheimer’s disease; understanding the interrelationship between delirium and Alzheimer’s disease; cognitive changes after surgery; and understanding the role of sensory problems (hearing and vestibular function) in Alzheimer’s disease.


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Ipsit Vahia

Ipsit Vahia, MD, is a geriatric psychiatrist, clinician, and researcher. He is the associate chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and director of Digital Psychiatry Translation at McLean Hospital. He is also director of the Technology and Aging Laboratory. His research focuses on the use of technology and informatics in the assessment and management of older adults and currently, he oversees a clinical and research program on aging, behavior, and technology. He has published extensively in major international journals and textbooks.


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Holly Wilcox

Holly C. Wilcox, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with joint appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management as well as the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Education. Much of her work involves population-based research on suicidal behaviors, the evaluation of impact of community-based universal prevention programs targeting suicidal behaviors, and data linkage strategies to inform suicide prevention. She is involved in suicide prevention research in schools, universities, emergency departments, and other settings. She mentors students, teaches courses in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and leads a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental suicide prevention work group at Johns Hopkins.


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Matthew Peters

An active clinician, teacher, and researcher, Dr. Peters sees patients in the Acquired Brain Injury Clinic and Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview. He has been internationally recognized for his research work, being the recipient of the New Investigator Award from the Alzheimer’s Association (2015), Career Development Award from the American Neuropsychiatric Association (2016), and the Young Investigator Award from the International Brain Injury Association (2017). He has an active interest in developing sustainable, reliable, scalable mental health programs. Towards this end, he is the Medical Director of Telepsychiatry and Telebehavioral Health at Johns Hopkins Bayview, as well as the medical director of the BALANCE program, which incorporates mental healthcare into the workplace. He is an associate editor for the International Review of Psychiatry and a managing editor of the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.


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Amesh Adalja

Dr. Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. His work is focused on emerging infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, and biosecurity. Dr. Adalja has served on US government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of plague, botulism, and anthrax in mass casualty settings and the system of care for infectious disease emergencies, and as an external advisor to the New York City Health and Hospital Emergency Management Highly Infectious Disease training program, as well as on a FEMA working group on nuclear disaster recovery. He is currently a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Precision Medicine working group and is one of their media spokespersons; he previously served on their public health and diagnostics committees. Dr. Adalja is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter’s EMS & Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as the Allegheny County Medical Reserve Corps. He was formerly a member of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Standing Committee and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System, with which he was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; he was also selected for their mobile acute care strike team. Dr. Adalja’s expertise is frequently sought by international and national media. Dr. Adalja is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security. He was a coeditor of the volume Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, a contributing author for the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine, the Emergency Medicine CorePendium, Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, and a NATO volume on bioterrorism. He has also published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine.


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David Broniatowski

David Broniatowski conducts research in decision-making under risk, group decision-making, system architecture, and behavioral epidemiology. This research program draws upon a wide range of techniques including formal mathematical modeling, experimental design, automated text analysis and natural language processing, social and technical network analysis, and big data. Current projects include a text network analysis of transcripts from the US Food and Drug Administration’s Circulatory Systems Advisory Panel meetings, a mathematical formalization of Fuzzy Trace Theory — a leading theory of decision-making under risk, derivation of metrics for flexibility and controllability for complex engineered socio-technical systems, and using Twitter data to conduct surveillance of influenza infection and the resulting social response.

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Lilliana Mason

Lilliana Mason is an SNF Agora Institute Associate Professor of Political Science. She is author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity (University of Chicago Press).

She received her PhD in political psychology from Stony Brook University and her BA in politics from Princeton University. Her research on partisan identity, partisan bias, social sorting, and American social polarization has been published in journals such as American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political SciencePublic Opinion Quarterly, and Political Behavior, and featured in media outlets including the New York Timesthe Washington PostCNN, and National Public Radio. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Facebook Research Integrity Group, and the Democracy Fund.

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Jeffrey Kahn

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, a position he assumed in July 2016. From 2011, he has been the inaugural Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy.  He is also Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy, including human and animal research ethics, public health, and ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies.

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Christopher Chute

Dr. Chute is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Informatics, Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, and Chief Research Information Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics, he is currently president of ACMI.

His career has focused on how we can represent clinical information to support analyses and inferencing, including comparative effectiveness analyses, decision support, best evidence discovery, and translational research. He has had a deep interest in semantic consistency, harmonized information models, and ontology. His current research focuses on translating basic science information to clinical practice, and how we classify dysfunctional phenotypes (disease).

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Philip Graff

Dr. Philip Graff is a senior data scientist and the Chief Data and Analytics Officer of the Decision Systems Group at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. He earned his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge on a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, working on data analysis that contributed to the detection of gravitational waves. He then held a post-doctoral fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland, applying Bayesian data analysis and machine learning to astrophysics. He has been working at APL for six years, leading and contributing to a wide variety of data science and machine learning projects in support of the US government. For the past two years, he has been deputy lead and now lead of the Operations team at APL supporting the national COVID-19 response.

Care After Covid Program. 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks. Joel Bader, Director of the Johns Hopkins Malone Center for Engineering in Healhcare. Alexis Battle, Incoming Director of the Johns Hopkins Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. Sarah Szanton, Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. 9:00 a.m. Session 1: Understanding Long COVID. Introduction by Phil Phan, Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Carey Business School. Esther Oh, Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center; Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. COVID-19 – A Delirium Factory. Alba Azola, Co-director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Post-Acute Covid Team Clinic; Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. PASC Clinical Presentation: Dysautonomia, Fatigue, Cognitive and Mental Health. Ann Parker, Co-director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Post-Acute Covid Team Clinic; Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Post-COVID-19 Condition: The Johns Hopkins Post-Acute COVID-19 Team Experience. 10:15 a.m. Break. 10:30 a.m. Session 2: Tackling Mental Health After COVID. Introduction by Mark Dredze, John C. Malone Professor of Computer Science, Whiting School of Engineering. Ipsit Vahia, Associate Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of Digital Psychiatry Translation at McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Is There a Silver Lining to the Pandemic? Understanding Opportunities for Mental Health Care in a Changed World. Holly Wilcox, Professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Current Mental Health Landscape for Young People: How Can Technology Help? Matthew Peters, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Delivering Mental Health Care to Older Adults via Telemedicine: Continuing the Momentum. 11:45 a.m. Break for Lunch. 1:00 p.m. Session 3: Health Data Tracking After COVID. Introduction by Kimia Ghobadi, John C. Malone Assistant Professor of Civil and Systems Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering. Philip Graff, Data Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. COVID-19 Data Integration and Product Pipeline. Jeffrey Kahn, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Pervasive Data—Public Health Benefits and Ethics Challenges. Christopher Chute, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Informatics at Johns Hopkins University. National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C): Clinical Data Sharing Innovations. 2:15 p.m. Break. 2:30 p.m. Session 4: COVID, Politics, and Information Management. Introduction by Ilya Shpitser, John C. Malone Associate Professor of Computer Science, Whiting School of Engineering. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Navigating a Post-Truth COVID-19 World. David Broniatowski, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at The George Washington University. Misinformation and Misinterpretation: Informing Responses to Foreign and Domestic Manipulation of the Vaccine Debate. Lilliana Mason, SNF Agora Institute Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. COVID Response in a Polarized America. 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks by Joel Bader. 4:00 p.m. Reception (Salon C).


Charles Commons Conference Center
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus

10 East 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218