Keynote Speakers:

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Dr. Samira Mubareka, Assistant Professor. Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, University of Toronto.

From zoonotic origins to clinical challenges; perspectives on SARS-CoV-2

Dr. Mubareka is a Clinician-Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, a microbiologist, and an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology – University of Toronto. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mubareka and colleagues isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a Level 3 containment facility. It is now the principle source of SARS-CoV-2 to most academic CL3 laboratories across the country.

Dr. Mubareka serves on the Chief Science Advisor of Canada’s COVID-19 Expert Panel, the Implementation Committee of the Canadian COVID-19 Genomics Network (CanCOGeN) Viral Sequencing Project (Genome Canada) and the Ontario Genomics’ Steering Committee for the Ontario COVID-19 Genomics Rapid Response Coalition. She has collaborated extensively with fluid dynamics engineers and others to fill gaps in the understanding of viral bioaerosol dispersion.

In 2020, Dr. Mubareka formed the Sunnybrook Translational Research Program for Emerging and Respiratory Viruses (SERV) to focus on viral genomics, transmission and the development of medical countermeasures.


Dr. Atul Malhotra. Professor of Medicine. University of California – San Diego.

UCSD Contributions to War on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Malhotra is pulmonologist, intensivist and research chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He is active clinically in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. In the sleep clinic, Dr. Malhotra provides a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep disorders associated with medical or psychiatric conditions. He has a special interest in the treatment of sleep apnea.

As a professor in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Malhotra is involved in training medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Malhotra was the recent president of the American Thoracic Society (2015-2016). He has taught and presented his research on sleep-related disorders locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. He has published more than 310 original manuscripts in leading journals plus 220 reviews and chapters. He is a principal- and co-investigator on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants relating to sleep apnea and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many leading journals including the New England Journal of MedicineMayo Clinic ProceedingsSleep and the Journal of American Medical Association. To view a full list of his publications, visit PubMed. He is an internationally recognized expert in sleep apnea.