Zooming in on COVID-19 and Other Viral Diseases Symposim, Day 1

Day 1 Features

  • Opening keynote address by Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove (World Health Organization)
  • Session 1 highlighting research on viral pathogenesis
  • Career networking session for trainees with leading experts
  • Opportunity to engage with poster presenters
  • Evening public panel discussion with national experts on COVID-19

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 

Day 1 Schedule

8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9 – 9:40 a.m.

Symposium Opening Keynote Address

Moderators: Katie Mitran and Ryan Noyce, University of Alberta
Opening Keynote: Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organization
The global COVID-19 situation

9:40 – 10 a.m.


10 – 11:50 a.m.

Session 1 - Viral Pathogenesis

Session Moderator: Tom HobmanUniversity of Alberta
Keynote Seminar: Mark Denison, Vanderbuilt University Medical Center
Coronavirus replicase functions and targets for broad-spectrum antivirals

Research Talks:

  • Jason McLellan, The University of Texas at Austin
    Synthetic repertoires derived from convalescent COVID-19 patients enable discovery of SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies and a novel quaternary binding modality
  • Angela Rasmussen, VIDO, University of Saskatchewan
    Looking within: host responses to SARS-CoV-2
  • Vineet D. Menachery, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    Using reverse genetics to probe SARS-CoV-2 infection and pathogenesis

Elevator Pitches selected from abstracts (3 speakers)

11:50 – 12  p.m.


12 – 1 p.m.

Career Networking Session #1

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Poster Q&A Session #1 Via Chat

Selected from abstracts

6 – 7 p.m.

Public Forum Panel Discussion

COVID Science: Cutting Through the Noise

Forum Moderator: Tim CaulfieldUniversity of Alberta


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Day 2 Schedule