Dr. Lauren Gardner wins Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award for COVID-19 Dashboard

Lauren Gardner, a professor of civil and systems engineering at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, has won the 2022 Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award, America’s top biomedical research prize. 

Gardner created the COVID-19 dashboard  that became the world’s most trusted source for reliable, real-time data about the pandemic 

“By launching this global COVID-19 surveillance tool, she provided accessible and reliable information about the spread of an emerging infectious disease, thereby filling a void in the international public health system and establishing a model to emulate,” according to the Lasker Foundation.   

The Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award is given biennially to individuals or groups who have improved the public’s understanding of medical research, public health, or health care, or who have benefitted the lives of many through public health practice. 

“It’s been an exceptional experience to play such an integral role in keeping the world informed during a global public health crisis, and—equally important—changing the expectations around public access to data and information,” said Gardner, an expert in network modeling who specializes in modeling the risk of infectious disease. 

The Lasker Foundation called Gardner’s work “visionary.”

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