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BU Precision Diagnostics Center 2021 Virtual Conference: Covid-19 Testing and Surveillance on University Campuses


The Precision Diagnostics Center Virtual Conference highlights universities’ efforts over the past year to implement Covid-19 surveillance and testing programs. Starting early March of 2020, many campuses made critical decisions to shut down and start remote teaching to ensure staff, faculty, and students’ safety. Regular testing of campus populations was a key part of making the return to residential teaching. This conference will include detailed talks from several universities that built their own testing programs.

Wyss Senior Staff Scientist, Jenny Tam, will be talking about Amplicon Contamination in Testing Populations in Session 3B. Other agenda topics include quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing efforts, challenges returning to laboratory research science, and deep sequencing efforts to determine the presence and emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants on campus. The conference will also host several topical discussion rooms in the virtual “lobby,” where attendees can stop in to network with each other and speakers during the daylong program.

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