The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic showed the critical importance of integrating fundamental, computational, and clinical research to promote systemic understanding of a global threat to humankind. Global epidemiological assessments informing national and regional policy-making around the world were only made possible due to fundamental mechanistic knowledge of coronavirus biology dating back decades, large-scale data on human mobility patterns enabled by recent technologies, as well as massive onsite and dynamic clinical reporting from health institutions. It is now clear that complex human diseases, including but not limited to, infectious diseases, can only be tackled by transdisciplinary efforts that integrate fundamental, computational, and clinical research.
Our symposium aims to bring these fields together, to share knowledge within the different communities, foster collaborations, and bring new ideas to address some of the major health challenges. Our sessions are focused on these health issues, from host-microbe interactions, and systemic diseases, to viral infections, each bringing together experts from the field.