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Men’s Club Forum: Q & A about COVID-19 with Davey Smith, MD, MAS
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Men’s Club for a Q&A session related to COVID-19 with Davey Smith, MD, MAS. Dr. Smith is a translational research virologist.
Please submit questions related to COVID-19 that you would want Dr. Smith to address when registering for this event.
About Davey Smith, MD, MAS:
Davey Smith, MD, MAS, is a translational research virologist. He uses basic science techniques to answer clinically relevant questions and vice-versa. He works both at the UC San Diego Antiviral Research Center, and in his laboratory on the UC San Diego campus, where he performs bench research.
Dr. Smith’s primary research involves both the transmission of HIV (eg, molecular epidemiology, superinfection, biologic correlates of transmission) and HIV reservoir dynamics (eg, characterizing HIV shed from the genital tract and virus associated with neuropathology). These studies are in pursuit to understand the correlates that drive HIV transmission and persistence and find new ways to interrupt these mechanisms, including curative interventions. In 2010, Dr. Smith was named HIV Researcher of the Year by the HIV Medical Association, and in 2015 he was elected as a fellow to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and American College of Physicians.
In late 2019, when reports of a novel coronavirus began circulating, Smith immediately began investigating causes, preventatives, and potential cures with colleagues in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UC San Diego. He currently leads or contributes to a number of COVID-19 studies at UC San Diego and across the United States. Smith was also instrumental in coordinating a $1 million donation from the John and Mary Tu Foundation to support his COVID-19 clinical research activities. Additionally, in March 2020, in his role as Co-Director of the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR), Smith encouraged collaborative partnerships across the 17 NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) to pool laboratory equipment, methods, and knowledge applicable to HIV and easily transferable to studies of the novel coronavirus.
Dr. Smith graduated from East Tennessee State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at UC San Diego and stayed to complete his fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2003. He was promoted to full professor in 2012. In 2017 he was promoted to Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UC San Diego.