LIVE Symposium

Monday, April 24, 2023
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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In the aftermath of the pandemic, scientists are looking at how SARS-CoV-2 arose and how humanity responded to the virus to better prepare for the next potential pandemic. 

In this symposium brought to you by The Scientist’s Creative Services Team, researchers will highlight the conditions that make a pathogen more likely to cause a pandemic, what precautions can be taken from scientific, diagnostic, and therapeutic perspectives, and the role of public health in pandemic preparedness.

Symposium program

11:00 AM – Introduction

11:10 AM – The best offense is a good defense: emerging zoonotic virus preparedness in the lab and in the field

Jason Kindrachuk, PhD

11:45 AM – Viruses with pandemic potential—what do we know and what do we need to know

Florian Krammer, PhD

12:20 PM – SARS-CoV-2 surrogate virus neutralization test: from bench to discovery at bedside

Chee Wah Tan, PhD

12:55 PM- Global health security vulnerabilities

Saskia Popescu, PhD

1:30 PM - Open panel Q&A session
Deanna MacNeil from The Scientist's Creative Services Team will be joined by the entire panel in an open question and answer session where presenters will address questions posed by the audience.


Jason Kindrachuk, PhD
Canada Research Chair
Assistant Professor
Max Rady College of Medicine
Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
 University of Manitoba

Jie Sun 

Florian Krammer, PhD
Professor of Vaccinology, Department of Microbiology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Principle Investigator
Sinai-Emory Multi-Institutional Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Center
Co-Director, Mount Sinai Center for Vaccine Research and Pandemic Preparedness (C-VARPP)

Chee Wah Tan, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Duke-NUS Medical School

Saskia Popescu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biodefense Program
Schar School of Policy and Government
George Mason University

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