Joseph Lewnard

Joseph Lewnard

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
School of Public Health
Phone
(510) 664-4050
Research Expertise and Interest
infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, public health surveillance, mathematical modeling, Bayesian inference
Research Description

Joseph Lewnard studies the transmission dynamics of infectious disease agents and the effectiveness of interventions such as vaccination. To these ends, he uses mathematical and statistical modeling and collaborate closely with investigators leading field studies and disease surveillance. Much of his work centers around the impacts of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on Streptococcus pneumoniae (an antigenically-diverse pathogen and leading cause of invasive disease, pneumonia, and upper respiratory infections), and lessons for future vaccines targeting limited subsets of pathogen strains. Other ongoing projects address the selection of antimicrobial resistance in pneumococcus, group A Streptococcus, and other commensal pathogens; the re-emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases such as mumps in recent years; and the transmission ecology and prevention of various neglected tropical diseases.

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Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or positions of UC Berkeley.
May 27, 2020
Emily Deruy
COVID-19 patients treated at Kaiser facilities in California and Washington have been requiring longer hospital stays and are more likely to need intensive care than patients in China, according to a new analysis conducted by Berkeley researchers and Kaiser Permanente. The findings indicate that the burden the crisis has placed on U.S. hospitals may have been higher. "The hospital resources needed to meet the needs of severely ill patients are substantial," says assistant public health and epidemiology professor Joseph Lewnard, the paper's lead author. "We found that observations from China may not provide a sufficient basis for anticipating the U.S. health care demand." For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News. Stories on this topic have appeared in dozens of sources, including CBS Bay Area Online, News Medical, California EPeak.
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