8th European Congress of Virology 2023

4–7 May 2023
Gdańsk, Poland

8th European Congress of Virology 2023

4–7 May 2023
Gdańsk, Poland

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Plenary speakers

Ralf Bartenschlager is a virologist and cell biologist working in the field of RNA viruses. He researches the interaction between these viruses and their host cells with a special focus on the replication strategies of RNA viruses and the use of obtained results for development of antiviral therapy. Another focus is the control of viral infection by the innate immune response. The work is mainly performed with hepatitis C virus, dengue virus and SARS-CoV-2 with light and electron microscopic techniques being a central experimental approach in these studies.

Gabriella Campadelli-Fiume  is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Bologna, Italy.
Gabriella's researched focussed on: the genetics of Herpes simplex virus entry into the cell with the discovery of nectin1 and 2 as major receptors, and integrins as co-receptors; Pathways of entry; the molecular basis of Herpes simplex virus exocytosis and virus-induced modifications to cellular organelles; Innate response to infection with Herpes simplex virus; Identification, mapping and functions of major glycoproteins of Human herpes viruses 6 and 7 and design of tropism retargeted herpes simplex viruses as oncoimmunotherapeutic agents.

Ron Fouchier is professor in Molecular Virology at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. He obtained a PhD in 1995 for HIV/AIDS research at the University of Amsterdam and continued HIV work as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Late 1998 he started a Molecular Virology research line on respiratory viruses, in particular influenza, at Erasmus MC. Ron’s team contributed substantially to the identification and characterization of various “new” viruses, such as human metapneumovirus, human coronavirus NL63, SARS coronavirus, MERS coronavirus, and influenza A virus subtype H16. Currently, his research is focused on respiratory viruses of humans and animals, antigenic drift, and influenza virus zoonoses, transmission and pandemics. Fouchier is elected member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and Academia Europeae. In 2006 he received the Heine-Medin award of the European Society for Clinical Virology and in 2013 the Huibregtsen award for top innovative science with societal impact. Fouchier is a web-of-science Highly Cited author.

Prof. Marion Koopmans is director of the Department of Viroscience at Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands, the WHO collaborating centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), director for EID of the Netherlands Centre for One Health NCOH and scientific director of the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Centre in Rotterdam/Delft The Netherlands. Her research focuses on emerging infections with special emphasis on unravelling pathways of disease emergence and spread at the  human animal interface. Creating global networks to fight infectious diseases systematically and on a large scale is a common thread in Koopmans' work. Koopmans coordinates the EU funded consortium VEO, which develops risk based innovative early warning surveillance in a One Health context, and is deputy coordinator of a recently awarded HERA funded network of centres of  excellence for EID research preparedness. In 2021, Koopmans founded the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Centre PDPC, a research centre with a focus on the occurrence and prevention of pandemics and climate-related disasters, combining  expertise from technical, bio-medical, environmental and social sciences.
Koopmans has co-authored more than 700 articles that have been cited more than 40,000 times.

Professor Chiara Zurzolo, MD, PhD, is head of the Membrane Trafficking and Pathogenesis Unit and co-director of the Brain connectivity and neurodegenerative diseases researchprogram at the Institut Pasteur (Paris). She received her MD and then PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of Naples Federico II. She then obtained a postdoctoral fellowship to spend four years at Cornell Medical School, New York where she uncovered some of the mechanisms of apical protein trafficking in polarized epithelial cells. In 1995, she returned to Naples to establish her laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Naples University “Federico II” as a professor of cell biology. In 2003, she became director of research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris where she studies the mechanisms of protein trafficking in health and diseases with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors. They have uncovered mechanisms of apical sorting in polarized epithelial cells and pioneered the field of tunneling nanotubes, (TNTs), revealing their structure, and their role in the intercellular spreading of amyloid proteins in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, as well as their role in viral spreading.