Zooming in on Covid-19 and Other Viral Diseases Symposim, Day 3

Day 3 Features

  • Session 4 features research on host-pathogen interactions/immune responses
  • Session 5 highlights pandemic preparedness
  • Closing keynote address by 2020 Nobel Laureate Michael Houghton
  • Elevator Pitches and Poster Award Presentations
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Thursday, June 24, 2021 

Day 3 Schedule

9 – 10:50 a.m.

Session 4: Host-Pathogen Interactions / Immune Reponses

Session Moderator: Hanne OstergaardUniversity of Alberta
Keynote seminar: Tania Watts, University of Toronto
Immunity to SARS-CoV-2: not your average respiratory virus?

Research Talks:

  • Kevin Kane, University of Alberta
    Mucosal adjuvant for respiratory virus(es)
  • Lisa Purcell, Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
    Membrane lectins enhance SARS-CoV-2 infection and influence the activity of different classes of antibodies
  • John Klassen, University of Alberta
    Sialic acid-dependent binding and viral entry of SARS-CoV-2

Elevator Pitches selected from abstracts (3 speakers)

10:50 – 11 a.m.


11 – 12:50 p.m.

Session 5: Pandemic Preparedness

Session Moderator: Kathy MagorUniversity of Alberta
Keynote seminar: Alan Bernstein, CIFAR
The COVID-19 pandemic: what have we learned for next time

Research Talks:

  • Matt Miller, McMaster University
    Proactive pandemic prevention strategies for influenza viruses and coronaviruses
  • Srinivas Murthy, University of British Columbia
    Pandemic preparedness research: what worked this time, and what we need to improve
  • Anna Blakney, University of British Columbia
    Development of a self-amplifying RNA vaccine against COVID-19

12:50 – 1 p.m.


1 – 1:40 p.m.

Symposium Closing Keynote Address

Moderator: D. Lorne Tyrrell, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, University of Alberta
Closing Keynote: Michael Houghton, Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute, University of Alberta
Development of vaccines against the HCV & COVID-19 pandemics within the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute

1:45 p.m.

Award Presentations

Closing Remarks

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Day 1 Schedule