Meetings/Events - POCTRN

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxsm) initiative was formed to accelerate the development, validation, and commercialization of innovative point-of-care and home-based tests, as well as improvements to clinical laboratory tests, that can directly detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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This section lists upcoming meetings, past meetings, and relevant assets from each of the POCTRN centers.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

RADx Pooling Task Force: Pooling Overview, Key Development Challenges for Central Laboratories and Point of Care (POC) Solutions, Regulatory Guidance for Pooling, and Implementation Examples

Wolfgang Krull 
RADx Portfolio Executive
CIMIT Accelerator Executive

Pam Miller 
Radx Team Lead

Clair O'Donovan, PhD 
RADx Team Lead

Erika A. Tyburski 
RADx Regulatory Core
Director of Operations, Atlanta Center for Microsystems Engineered Point of Care Technologies (ACME POCT)

Ethan Burke MD, MP 
Chief Public Health Officer UnitedHealth Group 

June 15, 2021 

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COVID-19 Vaccines: How did we get here and where are we going?

Anna P. Durbin, MD
Professor, International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

June 1, 2021  

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A Year of RADx Tech 

Steven Schachter, MD
RADx Chief


The authors of each paper will present 2-3 minute highlights of their important work:

May 18, 2021 

Acceleration of Sustainable K-12 School Re-openings for In-person Learning

Mara G. Aspinall
Managing Director, Health Catalysts Group
Professor of Practice, Biomedical Diagnostics
Arizona State University

April 20, 2021 

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Global View of COVID-19: A Pan-African Perspective

Rob Murphy, MD 
Professor of Infectious Diseases and Biomedical Engineering, co-PI of the Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern University (C-THAN)

Sade Ogunsola, MBChB, PhD 
Professor of Microbiology, former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos-Nigeria, Steering Committee Member, African Center for Disease Control

Grant Theron, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

April 6, 2021
2:00PM ET

Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 Variants and Impact on IVD Testing

Richard Creager, PhD
Co-Founder & Partner, NaviDx LLC

Eric Lai, PhD 
Ex-SVP at Takeda Pharmaceutical and Head of R&D at Gen-Probe Diagnostics

March 23, 2021
2:00 PM ET

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Returning to In-Person Instruction for K-12 Schools: Strategic Vision and Tactical Tools

Nancy Gagliano, MD, MBA
RADx Tech, Core Lead, Large-Scale Deployment

Neha (Kanade) Cramer, MPH
COVID-19 Response
Lead, Schools Unit | Community Guidance Team
Community Intervention & Critical Populations Task Force (CICPTF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Susan M. Moreira, MBA
RADx Tech Team Leader – Education

Manuel Kingsley, MBA
RADx Tech Team Leader – Implementation

March 9, 2021, 2:00PM ET

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The Epidemiology of COVID-19

Carolyn Williams PhD 
Chief, Epidemiology, BSP 
Division of AIDS 

February 23, 2021 2:00PM ET

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Rebuilding Trust in Air Travel: Using Alternative Data to Help Airports Respond to COVID-19


Tim Rich
Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer at The Convergence Collective

February 9, 2021

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A Path to In-Person Instruction: On-Campus Pooling in a Pod Testing for COVID-19

Suzanna Jemsby
Head of School, Washington International School

Dr. Ethan Berke 
Chief Public Health Officer, UnitedHealth Group

January 26, 2021

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Innovation During the Pandemic: Personal Protection Testing Booths for COVID-19


January 12, 2021, 2:00PM ET

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RADx Tech Webinar Series: University of Illinois’ Multimodal Approach - Mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission at a Large Public University

December 8, 2020

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RADx Tech Webinar Series: Delivering New COVID-19 Technologies to Close the Testing Gap in the US Market

Session 2: RADxsm Tech Portfolio of Technologies 

October 20, 2020, 2:00PM EST

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Session 3: Closing the Testing Gap: A Panel Discussion on the Emerging Innovative Technologies and their Impact on Current Testing Challenges

October 27, 2020, 2:30PM EST (Please Note Change in Start Time)

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RADx Tech Webinar Series: Delivering New COVID-19 Technologies to Close the Testing Gap in the US Market

Session 1: How RADxsm Tech Will Address the Unmet US Market COVID-19 Testing Needs

October 13, 2020

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Harnessing Novel Data Sources and Technologies for the Study of Social Determinants of Health in Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders

September 29-20, 2020

RADx Tech COVID19 Webinar Series: As the Coronavirus Pandemic Unfolds... 
Covid-19 Testing: Insights from User Discussions on COVID-19 Testing in Non-Traditional Settings

September 15, 2020 

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RADx Tech COVID19 Webinar Series: As the Coronavirus Pandemic Unfolds... 
Covid-19 Testing: Moving from Clinical Settings into the Community

September 1, 2020

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RADx Tech COVID19 Webinar Series: As the Coronavirus Pandemic Unfolds...
Returning to Normal Activities: A Modeling Tool to Assist in Planning

August 18, 2020 2:00PM ET

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RADx Tech COVID19 Webinar Series: As the Coronavirus Pandemic Unfolds...
Regulatory Affairs on the RADx Frontlines: Perspective from a Point-of-Care Technology Research Center

August 4, 2020 2:00PM ET

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RADx Tech COVID19 Webinar Series: As the Coronavirus Pandemic Unfolds...
User Centered Design for Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for COVID-19

July 21, 2020, 2:00PM ET

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Webinar: Rapid Acceleration of the Diagnosis of COVID-19: New Technologies for the Re-opening of Businesses and Schools

July 10, 2020 12:00PM CT/1:00PM ET

RADx Tech COVID19 Webinar Series: As the Coronavirus Pandemic Unfolds...
The Challenges of COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostics

July 7, 2020, 2:00PM EDT

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CAPCaT: Big Company Little Company Strategic Partnerships Showcase Event

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RADx-UP Funding Opportunities and Webinar

June 25 at 2:00 pm EDT and July 1 at 3:00 pm EDT

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Webinar - Institute for Global Health Seminar Series: Innovations in COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

Friday, May 1, 2020 

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GLUE Lecture Series: Establishing a Viable Business Model for your Medical Device

Monday, Feb. 24
12:15 - 1:15 pm

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GLUE Lecture Series: Channeling your Inner MacGyver. Engineers and physicians working together to creatively and effectively address clinical needs in low resource settings.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 
12:15 - 1:15 pm

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November 20-22, 2019

Keynote Speakers & Sessions' Agenda Announced!

Keynote speakers include:

  • Defining and Solving Unmet Medical Needs: A Clinical Perspective
    • Mira Irons, MD – American Medical Association
  • The Promise of Point of Care Technologies
    • Geoffrey Ling, MD PhD – Johns Hopkins University
  • Case Studies – The Long & Winding Road from Tech Development to Patients
    • Rosalind Picard, PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • David Alland, MD – Rutgers University

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The Promise of the Next Generation of Wearables

November 12, 2019

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50th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action

30 October - 2 November 2019

Presentations by C-THAN funded Investigator and pilot project awardee, Dr. Jerry Cangelosi.

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Webinar: Clinical Trials - Information To Help You Plan Your Next Steps

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 2PM

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Webinar: Point of Care Tests - How Can We Learn What Clinicians and Patients Want?

August 27, 2019, 2PM

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GLUE Lecture Series: Tales from the ICU

July 22, 2019 - 12:15 - 1:15PM


Webinar: Understanding the FDA - Accelerating the Pathway to Approval for Point-of-Care Technologies

May 28, 2019 - 2PM

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Northwestern Biomedical Engineering Department Seminar Series 2019: Climate Change is Increasing TB Transmission - And What Can Be Done About It

May 23, 2019 4-5PM

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Webinar: Ensuring Success of Point of Care Technologies with a Systems Engineering Approach

March 12, 2019

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Cambridge HealthTech Institute's 8th Annual Point of Care Diagnostics Conference
Exploring the Role of Rapid Diagnostics in Personalized Medicine

March 11-13, 2019

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2019 CUGH Conference

March 8 - 10, 2019

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C-THAN Annual Symposium

January 21-24, 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

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