Symposium 'The 1918 influenza pandemic: historical and biomedical reflections'

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Students, Employees, Alumni
07-02-2019 20:32 to 08-02-2019 20:32
Het Perron, 8900 Ieper
Xavier Saelens and Marnix Beyen
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At the centenary commemoration of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, many questions with regard to the origin, the development and the impact of this worldwide phenomenon remain largely uncharted.

- Where did this virus come from?
- To what degree and how were its genesis and its rapid transcontinental spread caused and/or facilitated by the war circumstances?
- Which genetic features of the virus explain its unusually high pathogenicity?
- How did medical and political authorities react?
- Why were some age groups spared by this dreadful virus?
- How far can a historical approach contribute to the understanding of current-day pandemics, and vice versa?

In order to tackle these questions, an international and interdisciplinary conference will be held in Ypres (Belgium) on 7-8 February 2019.

Peter Piot, Jeffrey Reznick, Heidi Larson, Peter Palese, Laura Spinney, and many other international speakers will be there.

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