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The 1918 influenza pandemic: Historical and biomedical reflections

7-8 February 2019, Ypres, Belgium
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Cloth Hall - Ypres
Cloth Hall - Ypres
Poster session - Ghent
Poster session - Ghent
Poppies - Ypres
Poppies - Ypres
Venue Het Perron - Ypres
Venue Het Perron - Ypres
Audience VIBES 2017
Poster session - Ghent
Poster session - Ghent
Het Pant conference room - Ghent
Het Pant conference room - Ghent
Poster session - Bruges
Poster session - Bruges
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.

Are you an undergraduate student? Then you are welcome to join and you can register using the PhD Student fee.

Poster information:
Format: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation


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.

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Confirmed speakers

John Mathew
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John Mathew

John Mathew

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

Program

Day 1 - Thursday, 07 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
Was the emergence and spread of the Great Pandemic aided and abetted by the Great War?
09:50
10:30
Socio-psychological reactions to the influenza pandemic, 1918-1920, seen from the history of epidemics
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
Collective amnesia: why we forgot the worst catastrophe of the 20th century
12:20
14:00
Lunch
13:00
13:45
Poster session
Parallel session 1: A historical reflection on the 1918 influenza pandemic
13:45
14:10
Abbey Sirup will do the trick. The Spanish Flu in the Netherlands
14:10
14:35
Reflections on the Spanish Flu in the Bombay Presidency, India

John Mathew

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pashan Pune, Maharashtra, IN
14:35
15:00
“It threatens the existence of the entire race”: the African experience of the Spanish flu pandemic
15:15
15:40
Selected abstract: A Complicated Story: The Spanish Flu Pandemic in France and the Challenge of Co-Infection and Co-Morbidity
15:40
16:05
Selected abstract: Socio-economic aspects of Spanish Flu-mortality in Pula
16:05
16:30
Selected abstract: In search of the Spanish Flu: A Case of Central Slovenia

Miha Seručnik

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, SI

Katarina Keber

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, SI
16:30
16:35
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
13:45
14:30
Involvement of extra-respiratory tissues in the pathogenesis of influenza
14:30
14:45
Selected abstract: Seroprevalence rates for H1 swine influenza A viruses in humans are dependent on virus clade and birth year
14:45
15:00
Selected abstract: Most middle-aged adults possess non-neutralizing antibodies against contemporary H3N2 virus strains
15:00
15:15
Tea and coffee break
15:15
15:40
Selected abstract: Receptor specificity and alternative HA cleavage mechanism are important for efficient influenza virus replication in human neuronal and glial cells
15:40
16:05
Selected abstract: Hemagglutinin cleavage profiles of human influenza A and B viruses, including that of 1918 influenza
16:05
16:30
Selected abstract: M2e antibodies instruct macrophages to take up influenza infected cells
16:30
16:35
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
Closing remarks and practicalities by Dominiek Dendooven
19:40
20:15
Meeting at the Menin Gate to attend the Last Post ceremony where a wreath will be laid on behalf of the conference attendants

Day 2 - Friday, 08 February, 2019

Plenary Session 3
09:00
09:10
Welcome by Xavier Saelens and Marnix Beyen
09:10
09:50
Rumours and the role of limited information in the 1918 influenza pandemic
09:50
10:30
Title to be announced
10:30
11:00
Tea and coffee break
11:00
11:40
Immune history and pandemic influenza susceptibility
11:40
12:20
Mapping the flu : health borders at stake, Europe, 1918-1920s
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
15:30
Visit Lijssenthoek Cemetery and visitor centre in Poperinge (Hospital site during WWI)

Visit to the Goliath-room of Yper Museum (Cloth Hall) : "Influenza, heritage and public history"

15:30
16:00
Selected abstract: Radio Influenza, a digital art commission by Jordan Baseman, to mark the centenary of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic
16:15
16:30
Introduction to In Flanders Fields Museum, with special attention to (the absence of) the Spanish Flu
16:30
17:30
Visit of In Flanders Fields Museum
17:30
18:30
Closing drink in the museum café (sponsored by the city of Ieper)

Organizing committee

Abstracts

The full list of abstracts will be available on 04-02-2019 until 15-02-2019
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.

Attendees

The full list of attendees will be available on 04-02-2019 until 15-02-2019
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.