Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to participate to the 7th Swiss Virology Meeting that will be held from January 30th to January 31st, 2018 at the Au Parc Hotel in Fribourg, Switzerland.

The goal of this seventh 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 host cell interaction, virus pathogenesis, anti-viral immunity, and applied 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 will be open until November 15, 2017.

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


Organizing and Scientific Committee
  • Angela Ciuffi (Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne)
  • Karin Metzner (University Hospital of Zurich)
  • Cornel Fraefel (University of Zurich)
  • Urs Greber (University of Zurich)
  • Stefan Kunz (Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne)
  • Jérôme Gouttenoire (Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne)
  • Matthias Schweizer (University of Bern)
  • Caroline Tapparel Vu (University of Geneva)

General Information

Swiss Virology Meeting, January 30/31, Fribourg, Switzerland

Basic and applied virology
January 30/31 2018
Tuesday January 30, 2018: 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday January 31, 2018: 9:00 - 16:30
Au Parc Hotel, Rte de Villars 37, 1700 Fribourg - SWITZERLAND (Tel. 026/429.56.56)
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)
Abstract book 2018

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 (Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne)
  • Karin Metzner (University Hospital of Zurich)
  • Cornel Fraefel (University of Zurich)
  • Urs Greber (University of Zurich)
  • Stefan Kunz (Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne)
  • Jérôme Gouttenoire (Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne)
  • Matthias Schweizer (University of Bern)
  • Caroline Tapparel Vu (University of Geneva)

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 7th Swiss Virology Meeting, January 30/31 2018, Fribourg

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

10:00 – 10:25
Arrival and Welcome Coffee

10:25 – 10:30
Welcome Address
Caroline Tapparel & Angela Ciuffi

10:30 – 12:00
Introduction: Jérôme Gouttenoire

10:30 – 11:15
Peter Stäheli - University of Freiburg, Germany
Interferon-λ and mucosal antiviral immunity

11:15 – 12:00
Pierre Maillard - University College of London, United Kingdom
Antiviral RNAi in mammals: a game of hide-and-seek

12:00 – 13:00
Sandwich Lunch
Round-table discussion of Ph.D students & postdocs with Pierre Maillard and Peter Stäheli

13:00 – 14:45
Chairs : Jérôme Gouttenoire & Cornel Fraefel and Ph.D. students

13:00 – 13:30
Urs Greber - University of Zurich
Rewiring cells in virus entry and egress

13:30 – 14:00
Silke Stertz - University of Zurich
IFITM3 incorporation into influenza A virus particles increases sensitivity to antibody-mediated virus neutralization

14:00 – 14:15
Philip Vkovski - University of Bern
Subcellular molecular environment of coronavirus replicase complexes revealed by proximity labelling

14:15 – 14:30
Chiara Fedeli - University of Lausanne
The role of receptor tyrosine kinases in cell entry of Lassa virus

14:30 – 14:45
Jérôme Gouttenoire - University of Lausanne
Palmitoylation determines the subcellular localization of hepatitis E virus ORF3 protein

14:45 – 15:15
Coffee Break

15:15 – 17:00
Chairs: Stefan Kunz & Volker Thiel

15:15 – 15:45
Jacques Fellay - EPFL and Lausanne University Hospital
Detecting host pressure on viral sequence through genome-to-genome analysis

15:45 – 16:05
Claudia Bachofen - University of Zurich
Virome Analysis: Possibilities and Challenges

16:05 – 16:25
Ronald Dijkman - University of Bern
Characterization of virus - host interaction dynamics within the respiratory epithelium

16:25 – 16:40
Masako Kaufmann - University of Zurich
Co-evolution of broadly neutralizing antibodies and HIV-1

16:40 – 16:55
Sara Cristinelli - University of Lausanne
Single-cell RNA-seq reveals transcriptional heterogeneity in latent and reactivated HIV-infected cells

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

19:00 – 21:00

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

07:30 – 08:45
Breakfast (at hotel)

09:00 – 11:00
Chairs : Matthias Schweizer & Caroline Tapparel

09:00 – 09:30
Michel Strubin - University of Geneva
Smc5/6: a New Restriction Factor that blocks Episomal Gene Transcription

09:30 – 10:00
Jovan Pavlovic - University of Zurich
New viral targets of human Mx proteins

10:00 – 10:15
Carmela Lussi - University of Bern
Site-directed mutagenesis of pestiviral RNase and its effect on innate immune evasion

10:15 – 10:30
Eva Spieler - University of Zurich
Identification of novel ISGs involved in the antiviral response against Influenza A virus

10:30 – 10:45
Michel Crameri - University of Zurich
MXB is an interferon-induced restriction factor of human herpesviruses

10:45 – 11:00
Nora Schmidt - University of Zurich
TRIM28 desumoylation during Influenza virus infection

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

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch at restaurant

14:00 – 16:00
Chairs: Huldrych Günthard & Alexandra Trkola

14:00 – 14:30
Karin Metzner - University Hospital of Zurich
Factors affecting the dynamics of the HIV-1 reservoir

14:30 – 15:00
Philippe Plattet - University of Bern
Insights into Morbillivirus cell entry

15:00 – 15:15
Verena Kufner - University of Zurich
Virus transmission during kidney transplantation assessed by virome analysis of living donor and recipient

15:15 – 15:30
Caio Foulkes - University of Zurich
Identification of broad and potent neutralizing DARPins that target conserved domains of the HIV-1 envelope

15:30 – 15:45
Eirini Tseligka - University of Geneva
Heparan sulfate binding is a critical determinant of enterovirus 71 dissemination and pathogenesis in humans

15:45 – 16:00
Soner Yildiz - University of Geneva
Influenza A virus infection impacts intestinal microbiota dynamics and causes quantitative enteric dysbiosis

16:00 – 16:15
Farewell Address


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