The 1918 influenza pandemic: Historical and biomedical reflections

7-8 February 2019, Ypres, Belgium
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Tuesday, 15 January, 2019
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The 1918 influenza pandemic: Historical and biomedical reflections

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?
  • Is it possible to fathom the impact of the pandemic both on the everyday life of citizens and on general developments in science, culture and politics?
  • 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. The Scientific Committee warmly invites you to submit abstracts of original research papers related to biomedical and historical aspects of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which you would like to be considered for presentation at the conference. 


Organizing Committee:
Marnix Beyen (co-chair), University of Antwerp, Antwerp, BE
Xavier Saelens (co-chair), Ghent University and VIB, Ghent, BE
Peter Palese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, US
Anne Rasmussen, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, FR
Kaat Wils, KULeuven, Leuven, BE
Marc Van Ranst, KULeuven, Leuven, BE
Dominiek Dendooven, In Flanders Fields Museum (Ieper) and University of Antwerp (Antwerp), BE
 


Image sources:
Left: “The Spanish Flu rules !”. Cartoon from a Dutch newspaper, 1918-1919.
Right: Negative-stained transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image shows recreated 1918 Influenza virions that were collected from supernatants of 1918-infected Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell cultures, 18 hours after infection. Content provider: CDC/Dr. Terrence Tumpey.

Confirmed speakers

Peter Piot

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Samuel Cohn

University of Glasgow, UK

Leo van Bergen

Medical historian, NL

Howard Phillips

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, ZA

John Mathew

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pashan Pune, Maharashtra, IN

Scott E. Hensley

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US

Jeffrey Reznick

National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, US

Heidi Larson

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

John Oxford

Queen Mary College, London, UK

Peter Palese

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, US

Anne Rasmussen

University of Strasbourg, FR

Laura Spinney

Writer & science journalist, FR/CH
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The 1918 Influenza Pandemic - Biomedical aspects
Abstract submission closing date
Thursday, 15 November, 2018
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The 1918 Influenza Pandemic - Historical aspects
Abstract submission closing date
Thursday, 15 November, 2018
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Day 1 - 7 February 2019

Thursday, 7 February, 2019
08:00 - 09:00
Registration and poster mounting
Plenary session 1
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome by Xavier Saelens and Marnix Beyen
09:10 - 09:50
No Great War, no Great Flu? No Great Flu, no German defeat? Reflections on possible relationships
Howard Phillips
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, ZA
09:50 - 10:30
Socio-psychological reactions to the influenza pandemic, 1918-1920, seen from the history of epidemics
Samuel Cohn
University of Glasgow, UK
10:30 - 11:00
Tea and coffee break
11:00 - 11:40
100 Years on from the Spanish Flu: Are We Ready for the Next Epidemic?
Peter Piot
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
11:40 - 12:20
Laura Spinney
Writer & science journalist, FR/CH
12:20 - 14:00
Lunch
13:00 - 14:00
Poster session
Parallel session 1: A historical reflection on the 1918 influenza pandemic
14:00 - 14:40
Presenter TBA
14:40 - 15:20
Abbey Sirup will do the trick. The Spanish Flu in the Netherlands.
Leo van Bergen
Medical historian, NL
15:20 - 15:45
Tea and coffee break
15:45 - 16:25
Reflections on the Spanish Flu in India
John Mathew
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pashan Pune, Maharashtra, IN
16:25 - 16:30
Closing of parallel session 1 by Marnix Beyen and move to plenary session 2
Parallel session 2: A Biomedical reflection on the 1918 influenza pandemic
14:00 - 14:40
Antigenic explanation for the widespread circulation of the 2018 seasonal influenza virus
Scott E. Hensley
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
14:40 - 15:00
Selected short talk
15:00 - 15:20
Selected short talk
15:20 - 15:45
Tea and coffee break
15:45 - 16:05
Selected short talk
16:05 - 16:25
Selected short talk
Closing of parallel session 2 by Xavier Saelens and move to plenary session 2
Plenary Session 2
16:30 - 17:15
Present & Past Perspectives on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Jeffrey Reznick
National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, US
17:15 - 17:30
Presenter TBA

Organizing Committee:

Marnix Beyen (co-chair), University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Xavier Saelens (co-chair), Ghent University and VIB, Ghent, Belgium
Peter Palese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
Anne Rasmussen, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Kaat Wils, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Marc Van Ranst, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Dominiek Dendooven, In Flanders Fields Museum (Ieper) and University of Antwerp (Antwerp), Belgium

Day 2 - 8 February 2019

Friday, 8 February, 2019
Plenary Session 3
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome by Xavier Saelens and Marnix Beyen
09:10 - 09:50
Heidi Larson
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
09:50 - 10:30
John Oxford
Queen Mary College, London, UK
10:30 - 11:00
Tea and coffee break
11:00 - 11:40
Peter Palese
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, US
11:40 - 12:20
Mapping the flu : health borders at stake, Europe, 1918-1920s
Anne Rasmussen
University of Strasbourg, FR
12:20 - 12:30
Closing of the meeting by Marnix Beyen and Xavier Saelens and explanation of the practical arrangements for the social program
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch
13:00 - 14:00
Poster session
Social program

Optional for registered attendees and registered accompanying persons.

14:00 - 15:15
Visit Lijssenthoek Cemetery and visitor centre in Poperinge (Hospital site during WWI)
15:30 - 17:00
Visit of In Flanders Field Museum
17:00 - 18:30
Closing drink in the museum café

Organizing Committee:

Marnix Beyen (co-chair), University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Xavier Saelens (co-chair), Ghent University and VIB, Ghent, Belgium
Peter Palese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
Anne Rasmussen, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Kaat Wils, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Marc Van Ranst, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Dominiek Dendooven, In Flanders Fields Museum (Ieper) and University of Antwerp (Antwerp), Belgium

Attendees

The full list of attendees will be available on 07-02-2019 until 24-02-2019.
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.

Abstracts

The full list of abstracts will be available on 07-02-2019 until 24-02-2019.
Only registered attendees can download abstracts.

Venue

Het Perron
Fochlaan1
8900 Ieper 
Belgium
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Public transport

Train
Ieper railway station
8900 Ypres
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Travel by plane

The main airport of Belgium is located in Zaventem.
More info: Brussels airport

An alternative is Charleroi airport, located 40 minutes to the south of Brussels.
More info: Brussels South - Charleroi airport

Housing

Hotels: 

Elysian
Grachtstraat 12, 8900 Ieper
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Hotel O Ieper
D'Hondtstraat 4, 8900 Ieper
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Ad Cocoon B&B
Sint-Niklaasstraat 9, 8900 Ieper
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