Thank you for attending our symposium: Zooming In On COVID-19 and Other Viral Diseases

Welcome to the LKSIoV/Gairdner Virtual Virology Symposium!

This free virtual symposium focused on highlighting the most recent research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viral pathogens. This national conference, with an international presence, was a themed event that spotlighted pandemic preparedness, pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions / immune responses, vaccines and antivirals. The symposium occurred predominantly for half of each day, with a free public panel forum on the first evening. In addition to keynote speakers, the symposium showcased local and national talent and provided trainees with an opportunity to present their work in either an oral or poster format as selected from submitted abstracts.

We excitedly welcomed our esteemed event keynote speakers, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove (World Health Organization) and Dr. Michael Houghton (2020 Nobel Laureate).
Portrait of Maria Van Kerkhove
Portrait of Michael Houghton

Symposium Themes

Viral pathogenesis | Vaccines | Antivirals | Host-pathogen interactions / Immune responses | Pandemic Preparedness

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Day 1 Schedule

Public Forum — COVID Science: Cutting Through the Noise

Misinformation about COVID is having a tremendously adverse impact on public discourse, trust, beliefs and behaviours. It has led to deaths, hospitalization, increased stigma and discrimination, and confused health and science policy. How can we help the public cut through the noise and find credible information? How can we counter the misinformation on social media? Does the government need to do more to battle this infodemic?

Our national panel of expert addressed these topics and answered some "hot topic" questions from the public. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting is available on the video.

Portrait of Timothy Caulfield
Timothy Caulfield
Portrait of Isaac Bogoch
Isaac Bogoch
Portrait of Theresa Tam
Theresa Tam
Portrait of Lynora Saxinger
Lynora Saxinger
Portrait of Dr. Lorne Tyrrell
D. Lorne Tyrrell

Symposium Organizing Committee

  • Chair - D. Lorne Tyrrell, Founding Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, University of Alberta
  • Bonnie Bock, Administrator, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology
  • Matthias Götte, Chair, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Tom Hobman, Professor, Department of Cell Biology
  • Richard Lehner, Vice Dean, Research (Discovery), Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Betty Lee, Communications Coordinator, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology
  • M. Joanne Lemieux, Professor, Department of Biochemistry
  • Kathy Magor, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Katie Mitran, PhD Candidate, School of Public Health
  • Ryan Noyce, Research Associate, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Hanne Ostergaard, Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Carla Craveiro Salvado, Operations and Research Manager, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology
  • Sommer Wedlock, Executive Vice President, Gairdner Foundation