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John S. Brownstein to Deliver 2020 NLM/MLA Leiter Lecture, August 11

August 5, 2020

John S. Brownstein, professor of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School and chief innovation officer of Boston Children’s Hospital, will deliver the 2020 Joseph Leiter National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Lecture, Tuesday, August 11 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST) by videocast.

His topic, “Digital Epidemiology and the COVID-19 Pandemic,” will address the surveillance, control, and prevention of disease, the development and application of data mining, and citizen science to public health in relation to his work with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will be streamed and archived by NIH Video Casting: 

Dr. Brownstein also directs the Computational Epidemiology Lab and the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, both at Boston Children’s Hospital. Brownstein is also Uber’s health care advisor and cofounder of the digital health companies Epidemico and Circulation.

The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the MLA and the NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. He served as NLM Associate Director for Library Operations from 1965 to 1983. 

The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship was established in 1983.  Lectures are chosen for their ability to discuss subjects related to biomedical communications. 

If you have any questions about the lecture, please contact Patricia Gallagher at or Stacey Arnesen at


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Last Reviewed: August 5, 2020