Behind the Headlines

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Epidemiologist Michael Edelstein (courtesy of Michael Edelstein)
Epidemiologist Michael Edelstein (courtesy of Michael Edelstein)

Please join us this Thursday, October 1, for the latest in our Behind the Headlines video series, exclusively for the ToI Community. This week we’re speaking with Bar-Ilan University’s Prof. Michael Edelstein, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists.

After leaving a top post in England’s COVID-19 fight and moving to Israel, the epidemiologist is worriedly surveying his new country as it continues under a second lockdown, in a desperate battle against the coronavirus.

In our Behind the Headlines series, ToI reporters and editors video interview influential individuals from a wide range of fields. All sessions are aired exclusively to the Times of Israel Community before being shared with our broader readership.

Edelstein worked at Public Health England, the executive agency of the London-based Department of Health, since 2015, with responsibility for public health programs. He left the post in August to take up a professorship at Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine and is posted at its medical school in the Galilee city of Safed, focusing heavily on “health inequalities” that affect Israel’s Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities.

Epidemiologist Michael Edelstein briefing Liberian politicians during the 2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa (courtesy of Michael Edelstein)

Edelstein is also president of the infectious diseases section of the European Public Health Association and a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. He has served on expert groups for the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and is deputy editor of the journal Epidemiology and Infection.

The leading epidemiologist will speak with The Times of Israel’s Health and Science correspondent Nathan Jeffay.

If you’d like to join the session with Edelstein on October 1 at 5 p.m. Israel, 10 a.m. EDT — it’s not too late. Become a Times of Israel Community member today and you’ll gain access to this Thursday’s special session, along with all of our upcoming exclusive webinars. You’ll also gain an ad-free experience of the ToI site and apps, and a weekly insider letter from David Horovitz.

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