Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., Co-Director of Precision Medicine, CA Governor's Office

Dr. McCall oversees cross-sector health policy working groups, research grantmaking, and public interagency efforts, which include serving on Governor Newsom's COVID-19 Testing Task Force and as co-author of the CA Surgeon General's Report. Previously, McCall worked at the California Senate Office of Research and as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. Prior to state government, she spent sixteen years in neuroscience research labs, including as a Fulbright Fellow. In the community, Dr. McCall teaches Science Policy at UC Davis and UC Riverside, serves on the Editorial Board of the California Journal of Politics and Policy, occasionally directs the International Brain Bee, and is the co-founder of TEDxFulbright, the German Neuroscience Olympiad, and a chapter of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network for racial justice. She earned a PhD from Heidelberg University, Master's degree from UC San Diego, and Bachelor's degree from Denison University.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving the unprecedented transformation of the global medical research ecosystem through the search for effective new therapeutics that can help ease symptoms and prevent death among COVID-19 patients.

  • SARS_CoV-2 Outbreak Surveillance (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Charles Chiu, UCSF
    - Bronwyn MacInnis, The Broad Institute - Duncan MacCannell, CDC
    - Ephraim Tsalik, Duke University
    - Joel Sevinsky, Theiagen
  • Experiences from the Front Lines of a National Viral Surveillance Organization
    Session Chair: James Lu, Helix
    - Rick Bright, Rockefeller Foundation
  • COVID-19 Testing: Who, When, What? The Challenges of Testing During the Pandemic
    Session Chair: Alan Wu, UCSF
    - Gary Pestano, Biodesix
    - John Barnes, CDC
    - Kathleen Jacobson, CA COVID Testing Task Force
  • Updates in COVID-19 Drug Development
    - Mark Dresser, Gilead Sciences
    - John Fahy, UCSF
    - Yi Shi, University of Pittsburgh
    - Wendy Yeh, Vir Biotechnology
  • Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions
    - Stacey Adams, FNIH
  • Past, Present, and Future: How will We Manage the Next Pandemic?
    Session Chair: Julianne McCall, California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine
    - Lawrence Corey, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    - Yvonne A Maldonado, Stanford
    - Robert Wachter, UCSF
    - Tomas Aragon, CDPH