With collaboration with four APRU universities (University of California Los Angeles, University of Sydney, National University of Singapore, and Peking University), this Inaugural APRU Crisis Management Webinar, led by UCLA Fielding School of Public Health will focus on the Perspectives of Covid-19 Pandemic: Epidemiology, Prevention and Control in Pacific Rim Region.


China, Singapore, Australia and California in the United States have different patterns of Covid-19 in incidence and mortality. The observed mortality rates of Covid-19 are much lower in Asian countries of the pacific rim (3/Million in China and 5/M in Singapore, respectively) than in California and United States (349/M in California and 585/M in the US), while the Covid-19 tests per million are at similar levels.


This webinar will compare and contrast the epidemiological patterns and intervention strategies (risk communication, face masking, social distance, personal hygiene, stay home order, tracing and isolation, etc) among 4 countries in Pacific Rim Region, will summarize experience and lessons learned during the Covid-19 prevention and control, and will identify potential challenges, solutions, and opportunities for control of Covid-19 pandemic.


Perspectives of COVID-19 Pandemics: Epidemiology, Prevention and Control


See speakers' information below.



Ron Brookmeyer, PhD
Dean and Professor

Fielding School of Public Health

University of California, Los Angeles

Ron Brookmeyer, PhD, is Dean and Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He uses the tools of the statistical and informational sciences to address global public health problems. Dr. Brookmeyer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association. Prior to Dr. Brookmeyer’s arrival at UCLA in 2010, he was Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Brookmeyer currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine.



Zuo-Feng Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research

Fielding School of Public Health

University of California, Los Angeles

ZUO-FENG ZHANG, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology, Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Environment Genomics, Director of Molecular Epidemiology Training Program, and Scientific Director of UCLA Central Tumor Registry. Dr. Zhang has been a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) since 1999 and he served as Member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology from 2002 to 2005. Dr. Zhang served as a regular member of NIH Epidemiology of Cancer Study Section (EPIC), is currently serving as a regular member of the NCI-J study section, and as an ad hoc member in numerous NIH peer review study sections. Dr. Zhang served as a World Health Organization (WHO) Consultant for National Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Controls in China.



Yik-Ying Teo
Dean of The Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

National University of Singapore

Talk title:

Singapore’s Response and Mobilizing Surge Capacity


Yik-Ying Teo, or commonly known as YY, is the second Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Trained as a mathematician at Imperial College and completed his MSc and DPhil at Oxford in statistical genetics, YY returned to Singapore in 2010 after working for four years as a Lecturer in Oxford and concurrently a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Prior to his Deanship, he was the Founding Director for the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and also the Director for the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research. He is presently a member on the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program, as well as a member governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.


Zunyou Wu, MD, PhD
Chief Epidemiologist China CDC

Director, Division of HIV Prevention, NCAIDS/China CDC

Talk title:

Recent Beijing Covid-19 Outbreak and China’s Covid-19 Perspectives


Zunyou Wu, MD, PhD is the Chief Epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), and Director of HIV Prevention of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, China CDC. He is a member of the UNAIDS Scientific and Technical Advisory committee. He has been actively involved in China’s Covid-19 epidemic control.


Julie Leask

Sydney Nursing School and School of Public Health

Faculty of Medicine and Health

The University of Sydney

Talk title:

Risk communication and COVID-19


Professor Julie Leask is a social scientist and professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She was named overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2019. Julie has qualifications in nursing and midwifery, a Master of Public Health (USYD, 1998) and PhD in public health (USYD, 2002). Her research focuses on risk communication, responding to vaccine hesitancy and refusal, and strengthening vaccination programs and policy and she has 124 publications in the field. She is visiting professorial fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance where she established the Social Science Unit between 2002 and 2014.


Yifang Zhu, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean

Fielding School of Public Health

University of California, Los Angeles

Talk title:

COVID-19: How much protection do face coverings offer?


Dr. Yifang Zhu serves as Associate Dean of Fielding School of Public Health and professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research interest is primarily in the field of air pollution, environmental exposure assessment, and aerosol science and technology. Specifically, she is interested in quantitative exposure/risk assessments on ultrafine particles from various indoor and outdoor sources. Her current research focuses on measuring and modeling ultrafine particle emissions, transport, and transformation on and near roadways as well as in various indoor environments.


Timothy F. Brewer, MD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine

Fielding School of Public Health

University of California, Los Angeles

Former Chair, the Board of Directions for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Talk title:

California and Los Angeles Covid-19 Status and the US Perspectives


Timothy F. Brewer, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests focus on the prevention and control of infectious and emerging diseases in populations and on improving of outbreak surveillance programs. He has served on advisory boards and/or review panels for the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others. Dr. Brewer previously was Vice Provost, Interdisciplinary and Cross Campus Affairs at UCLA, Director of Global Health Programs at McGill Medical School and the founding Program Director for the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Brewer is the past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Date and Time

  • Tuesday, September 29th 5 pm (Los Angeles)

  • Wednesday, September 30th 8 am ( Singapore/ Beijing), 10 am (Sydney)

  • Duration: 2 hours

Additional Information

  • This webinar is open to the public and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.  

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  • The views, information, or opinions expressed during webinars are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees. APRU is not responsible for and does not verify for accuracy of any of the information contained in the series.