University of Siena - ISIRV
School of Influenza 11-15 April 2016
After two successful Summer Schools of Influenza held in 2011 and 2012, the University of Siena and isirv organised the third edition of the School of Influenza from 11th -15th April 2016 in the beautiful medieval town of Siena (Italy).
65 young scientists from five continents gathered to spend one intense week of seminars and workshops led by world-renowned scientists in influenza.
20 distinguished speakers from around the world covered key elements of influenza that a young scientist needs to know: epidemiology and ecology (Olav Hungnes; Jackie Katz; Mark Miller; Isabella Monne; Jonathan Van Tam); virology and immunology (Wendy Barclay; Jackie Katz); prevention and control (Lance Jennings; Emanuele Montomoli; John Wood); vaccines (Rebecca Cox; Alicia Fry; Otfried Kistner; Jerry Weir; Ralf Wagner); novel therapeutics strategies (Davide Corti; Alicia Fry; Aeron Hurt); pandemic preparedness (Chloe Sellwood). Three guest lectures on the last day examined in depth the current state of the art of influenza research (Albert Osterhaus; Nigel Temperton; Maria Zambon).
All the students were involved in an afternoon workshop on pandemic preparedness led by Chloe Sellwood and Jonathan Van-Tam, and most of them gave a presentation on their own work.
As in the 2012 edition, participation of some students from developing countries was supported by means of a "Lars Haaheim Travel Fellowship". This was in memory of Lars Haaheim - one of the founder members of isirv and a strong advocate of the "School of Influenza" concept - and was made possible through a generous donation from Lars’ widow Vigdis.
The Fellowship Committee received 56 high quality applications from all over the world and 8 fellowships were awarded to cover the awardees' registration fee in the School, travel costs, accommodation and subsistence.
Six of these eight students could take part in the School of Influenza: Chinonyerem Chinyere (Nigeria); Anitha Jagadesh (India); Olga Kurskaya (Russia); Agnieszka Maciola (Poland); Luciana Pádua Tavares (Brazil); Le Thi Thanh (Viet Nam).
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