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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 are free to watch. 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

SARS-CoV-2 and airway epithelium – the first frontier! -  Professor Ultan Power will present this session on Tuesday 21 July, 13:00 - 13:45 BST. Find out more and register.

B cells and antibodies – what does 'good' look like? - Professor Deborah Dunn-Walters will present this session on Thursday 13 August, 12:30 - 13:15 BST. Find out more and register.


Past webinars

What can we learn from the animal coronaviruses? - Dr Helena Maier and Dr Erica Bickerton, Thursday 25 June. View the live recording.

What can genomics tell us about SARS-CoV-2? - Professor Judith Breuer, Wednesday 10 June. View the live recording.

Antiviral responses in COVID-19 - Professor Paul Klenerman, Wednesday 3 June. A live recording of the webinar is now available.

Controversy in immunity to COVID-19: do we want an immune response or not? - Former BSI President Professor Peter Openshaw and Dr Ryan Thwaites, Wednesday 27 May. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available.

Running the gauntlet in the development of a Coronavirus vaccine for global access - Professor Maria Elena Bottazzi, Friday 1 May. A recorded version of the live webinar is now available

Antibody testing, neutralising monoclonals and other immune therapeutics - Professor Danny Altmann, 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, 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, 2 April 2020.  A recorded version of the live webinar is now available for all to view.