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Connect on Coronavirus: webinars

The British Society for Immunology is pleased to announce a new series of webinars: ‘Connecting on coronavirus: the expert hub’. Our aim is to provide immunologists with a platform to keep informed with the latest developments on the Coronavirus outbreak by sharing relevant and timely information from expert sources. We’re in an unprecedented crisis in which constant global relief efforts result in around the clock activity. Now more than ever, we need to keep up-to-date and stay connected within the immunology community.

The series will consist of both educational webinars looking into what we know so far about the science behind the Coronavirus and rapid response sessions to discuss new and significant studies as soon as they’re made available.

As a part of our commitment to the rapid dissemination of any information which may contribute to the understanding and treatment of COVID-19, all the webinars will be free to view. We encourage you to spread the word to your colleagues in other disciplines.

We’re currently setting up the series programme and we’d like to hear from you. Are there any topics in particular you’d like us to cover? Have you seen a new journal article that you would like to be discussed? If you’re working on any relevant areas and you’re willing to share your expertise, please do get in touch. The scientific community plays a crucial role in the battle against Coronavirus – we want to raise your voice.

Please email j.evans@immunology.org with your thoughts or simply tag @britsocimm on Twitter.


Upcoming webinars

Antiviral responses in COVID-19 - This session will be presented by Professor Paul Klenerman on Wednesday 3 June from 12:30 - 13:15 BST. ​ Learn more and register.

What can genomics tell us about SARS-CoV-2? - This session will be presented by Professor Judith Breuer on Wednesday 10 June from 15:30 - 16:15 BST. Learn more and register.


Past webinars

Controversy in immunity to COVID-19: do we want an immune response or not? - Former BSI President Professor Peter Openshaw and Dr Ryan Thwaites on Wednesday 27 May. A recording will be available soon.

Running the gauntlet in the development of a Coronavirus vaccine for global access - Professor Maria Elena BottazziAssociate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine; Professor, Pediatrics & Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital on Friday 1 May. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available

Antibody testing, neutralising monoclonals and other immune therapeutics - Professor Danny Altmann, Imperial College London on 17 April 2020. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available for all to view.

Emerging lessons about immunity to COVID19: what does past experience with coronaviruses teach about protective herd immunity and vaccine approaches? - Professor Danny Altmann, Imperial College London on 7 April 2020. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available for all to view.

The impact of altered immunity during ageing on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection - BSI President, Professor Arne Akbar from University College London on 2 April 2020.  A recorded version of the live webinar is now available for all to view.