Welcome!

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to participate to the 8th Swiss Virology Meeting that will be held from February 4th to February 5th, 2020 at the Freienhof Hotel in Thun, Switzerland.

The goal of this eighth national meeting in virology is again to bring together in Switzerland a maximum number of research groups working in fundamental virology to promote interaction, exchange of ideas, and collaborations in an informal and collegial atmosphere.

The program will cover all aspects of research in fundamental virology including virus life cycle, virus discovery and evolution, virus and host defense, and clinical virology. The format of the meeting will consist in selected plenary lectures combined with short talks selected from submitted abstracts and poster sessions.

The meeting webpage for registration and abstract submission is now open. Deadline for registration and abstract submission is November 30, 2019.

Thank you for your active participation and we are looking forward to seeing you in Thun.

Sincerely,


Organizing and Scientific Committee
  • Angela Ciuffi (University of Lausanne)
  • Cornel Fraefel (University of Zurich)
  • Jérôme Gouttenoire (University of Lausanne)
  • Ben Hale (University of Zurich)
  • Stefan Kunz (University of Lausanne)
  • Karin Metzner (University Hospital of Zurich)
  • Daniel Pinschewer (University of Basel)
  • Philippe Plattet (University of Bern)
  • Mirco Schmolke (University of Geneva)
  • Matthias Schweizer (University of Bern)
  • Caroline Tapparel Vu (University of Geneva)
  • Volker Thiel (University of Bern)
  • Stefan Wieland (University of Basel)





General Information

Swiss Virology Meeting, February 4/5, Thun, Switzerland

Scope:
Basic and applied virology
Date:
February 4/5 2020
Tuesday February 4, 2020: 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday February 5, 2020: 9:00 - 16:30
Location:
Freienhof Hotel, Freienhofgasse 3, 3600 Thun - SWITZERLAND (Tel. 033/227.50.50)
Registration fees:
CHF 250.- for PhD students (MSc, PhD, MD, other)
CHF 350.- for Research Technicians, Post-docs and Principal Investigators
The registration fee includes meeting registration, accommodation and all meals.
(Cancellation policy: no reimbursement possible)
Contact:
contact@swissvirology.ch

Oral Presentations

  • Plenary talk Swiss Virology abroad : 45 minutes (35 minutes + 10 minutes discussion)
  • Plenary talks (senior group leaders) : 30 minutes (25 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Plenary talks (junior group leaders) : 20 minutes (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Short talks (from selected abstracts) : 15 minutes (12 minutes + 3 minutes discussion)

Poster sessions

Two poster sessions will be held during coffee breaks. Posters will be presented by postdocs and graduate students. To ensure maximum visibility of posters, all posters will stay mounted throughout the meeting. Poster size: 90 cm wide x 120 cm high.

Organizing and scientific committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Angela Ciuffi (University of Lausanne)
  • Cornel Fraefel (University of Zurich)
  • Jérôme Gouttenoire (University of Lausanne)
  • Ben Hale (University of Zurich)
  • Stefan Kunz (University of Lausanne)
  • Karin Metzner (University Hospital of Zurich)
  • Daniel Pinschewer (University of Basel)
  • Philippe Plattet (University of Bern)
  • Mirco Schmolke (University of Geneva)
  • Matthias Schweizer (University of Bern)
  • Caroline Tapparel Vu (University of Geneva)
  • Volker Thiel (University of Bern)
  • Stefan Wieland (University of Basel)

Steering Committee

  • Angela Ciuffi (University of Lausanne)
  • Cornel Fraefel (University of Zurich)
  • Jérôme Gouttenoire (University of Lausanne)
  • Matthias Schweizer (University of Bern)
  • Caroline Tapparel Vu (University of Geneva)




Preliminary Program of the 8th Swiss Virology Meeting, February 4/5 2020, Thun

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

10:00 – 10:20
Arrival and Welcome Coffee

10:20 – 10:30
Welcome Address
Angela Ciuffi & Jérôme Gouttenoire

10:30 – 12:00
PLENARY TALK SWISS VIROLOGIST ABROAD (CUSO)
Introduction : Angela Ciuffi

10:30 – 11:15
Amalio Telenti - Vir Biotechnology, USA
Virology under the lenses of high throughput screening

11:15 – 12:00
Jason Mercer - University College London, UK
Super-resolving poxvirus protein architecture

12:00 – 13:00
Sandwich Lunch
Round-table discussion of Ph.D students & postdocs with plenary speakers (CUSO)

13:00 – 14:45
SESSION I: VIRUS LIFE CYLE (CUSO)
Chairs : Cornel Fraefel and Mirco Schmolke

13:00 – 13:30
Catherine Eichwald - University of Zurich
How TriCky is to control rotavirus replication?-Viroplasms and chaperonins

13:30 – 14:00
Maarit Suomalainen - University of Zurich
Cell-to-cell variability in human adenovirus infection in model cell lines

14:00 – 14:15
Jan Bieri - University of Bern
Human parvovirus B19 interacts with globoside in the trans-Golgi network as an essential trafficking step for productive infection (abstract 200311)

14:15 – 14:30
Michael Seyffert - University of Zürich
HSV-1 replication compartments are liquid-liquid phase-separated condensates (abstract 200213)

14:30 – 14:45
Fanny Georgi - University of xxx
The HIV protease inhibitor nelfinavir is a post-exposure inhibitor of lytic human adenovirus cell egress (abstract 200261)

14:45 – 15:15
Coffee Break



15:15 – 17:00
SESSION II: VIRUS DISCOVERY AND EVOLUTION
Chairs : Volker Thiel and Francesco Origgi

15:15 – 15:45
Jenna Kelly - University of Bern
Single cell analysis of influenza virus infection in the human respiratory epithelium

15:45 – 16:15
Alban Ramette - University of Bern
Performance of second- and third-generation NGS approaches for unravelling human enteroviruses in clinical samples

16:15 – 16:30
Thao Tran - University of Bern
Establishment of universal reverse genetics platform for (re-)emerging RNA viruses (abstract 200298)

16:30 – 16:45
Hector Moreno - University of Lausanne
High genetic plasticity suggests potential human adaptation of novel Tamiami virus (abstract 200281)

16:45 – 17:00
Annika Kratzel - University of Bern
HCOV-229E and 229E-like dromadery camel COV display a species-specificity in primary human and camel airway epithelial cells that is independent of receptor (abstract 200299)

17:00 – 19:00
Coffee Break and POSTER SESSION

19:00 – 21:00
Dinner



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

07:30 – 08:45
Breakfast (at hotel)

09:00 – 11:00
SESSION III: VIRUS AND HOST DEFENSE
Chairs: Caroline Tapparel-Vu and Merle SchanzTBA

09:00 – 09:30
Christian Münz - University of Zurich
Infection and immune control of human oncogenic gamma-herpesviruses in vivo

09:30 – 10:00
Ben Hale - University of Zurich
Unlocking the prison: de-repression of immunostimulatory endogenous retroviruses as a host defence against influenza viruses

10:00 – 10:15
Matthias Glögl - University of Zürich
Comprehensive mapping defines extraordinary HIV-1 neutralization responses in patient samples (abstract 200269)

10:15 – 10:30
Mirela Dimitrova - University of Basel
Selective deletion of high-affinity B cells in the chronic phase of viral infection (abstract 200291)

10:30 – 10:45
Jacob Börold - University of Zürich
Genome-wide CRISPR screening identifies a selective role for BRD9 in interferon-stimulated gene expression (abstract 200254)

10:45 – 11:00
Melanie Brügger - University of Bern
Respiratory syncytial virus is altering the properties of lung mesenchymal stem/stomal cells (abstract 200238)

11:00 – 12:30
Coffee Break and POSTER SESSION

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch at restaurant


14:00 – 16:00
SESSION IV: CLINICAL VIROLOGY
Chairs : Karin Metzner and Jérôme Gouttenoire

14:00 – 14:30
Valeria Cagno - University of Geneva Medical School
Broad-spectrum virucidal strategies

14:30 – 15:00
Stefan Wieland - University of Basel
Blindness of Host and HBV

15:00 – 15:15
Thomas Démoulins - University of Bern
Experimental induction of respiratory syncytial virus immunopathogenesis in neonatal lambs (abstract 200251)

15:15 – 15:30
Audrey Kelley - University of Zürich
Time trends of replication capacities of transmitted founder viruses in Zurich (abstract 200211)

15:30 – 15:45
Liridona Maliqi - University of Zürich
Comparative antigenicity evaluation reveals differential properties of HIV-1 envelope based immunogens in presenting neutralization relevant domains (abstract 200223)

15:45 – 16:00
Tafadzwa Mlambo - University of Geneva
A novel combinatorial approach combining CAR T cell therapy, PD1 knockdown and CCR5 disruption as a once-off treatment for HIV (abstract 200232)

16:00 – 16:15
Farewell Address





Registration

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Reminder: Deadline for registration and abstract submission is November 30, 2019.