The third meeting of ‘Viruses’ an international virology conference entitled ‘Novel Concepts in Virology’ took place on the 5-7 of February 2020, at Axa Convention Centre, Barcelona, Spain. It hosted over 200 participants from various parts of the globe. Dr. Eric O. Freed from the NIH – Frederick, USA, and Dr. Albert Bosch from the University of Barcelona, Spain chaired the event.
Presentations covering a range of topics such as structural virology, viral pathogenesis, mechanisms of virus replication and virus evolution were featured. Professor Peter Palese gave the opening lecture on ‘The Long Road to an Influenza Virus Vaccine.’ Dr. Graham Hatfull gave a presentation on ‘Diversity, Dynamics and Therapy of Bacteriophages.’ Other notable speakers included Dr. Stacy Horner and Professor. Diane Griffin.
The poster sessions were equally rich with data from current research projects such as virus discovery (‘Common Occurrence of Belerina virus, a Novel Paramyxovirus found in Beligian Hedgehogs’) and virus-virus interactions (‘Characterising Interactions between Influenza A virus and respiratory syncytial virus during in vitro co-infection.’) NCPV were in attendance presenting on ‘Complete virus Inactivation Using a Combined Heat and Chemical Treatment’ led by Okechukwu Onianwa.
Inter-session breaks provided an opportunity for networking among scientists as well as with sponsors including MDPI and European Virus Archive Global (EVAg).
The conference organisers did a fantastic job in arranging a meeting exploring so many aspects of virology and providing opportunity to speak with experts in various fields.
Written by Okechukwu Onianwa.
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