1 July, 2020
Centre Director Professor Kanta Subbarao and Deputy Director Professor Ian Barr have released a statement regarding the recent publication, 'Prevalent Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza virus with 2009 pandemic viral genes facilitating human infection' by Sun H. et. al. 2020 (doi10.1073/pnas.1921186117).
The statement is available here
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We were pleased to hold the 13th Australian Influenza Symposium (AIS) on 28-29 October 2019, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The Symposium was attended by almost 200 delegates, including representatives from the biomedical, clinical, research, public health, government and industry sectors. The Symposium also welcomed a range of national and international speakers, including:
The talks presented and discussion covered a wide variety of topics related to influenza, including:
A roundtable discussion considered how influenza surveillance in Australia could be improved, and a joint session between the AIS and Australian Respiratory Virology Meeting was also held, focusing on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
We would like to thank all of the speakers at the conference and everyone who attended. We also thank the staff at QUT for hosting the Symposium and their warm hospitality. The next Australian Influenza Symposium will be held in 2021.
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Tuesday, 29 October
3.30pm – 5.00pm (Joint RSV session with the Australian Influenza Symposium)
Wednesday, 30 October
9.00am – 5.00pm
Times are a guideline only and subject to change
Registration is required for Wednesday, 30 October, and is free - this includes morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.
This session will be held on Tuesday afternoon following the Australian Influenza Symposium. You can indicate your attendance at this joint session when you register, below.
Please note: places are limited to 150. Whilst we do not charge a registration fee, there is a cost per head in providing catering, venue hire and associated costs of hosting the event, so "no-shows" can be very disppointing, particularly as we manage a waiting list with people who are keen to attend and who also appreciate a heads up so as they can book flights and accommodation. We ask that you keep these costs and circumstances in mind when you register, and if are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.
Registration is now closed.
Abstracts are invited for oral presentation on Wednesday, 30 October.
Domestic economy return airfares to Brisbane, and accommodation, will be offered to presenters of selected abstracts (non-company).
Abstract submission is now closed.
For symposium enquiries please contact us
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In addition to the Australian Influenza Symposium, from time to time the Centre hosts a variety of events for training, surveillance and other purposes.
Please read about some the events that have been held at the Centre below.
28 May 2019
The Centre organised and hosted a half-day seminar at the Doherty Institute to commemorate 10 years since the 2009 influenza pandemic in Victoria. This was a significant event in the history of the Centre and for many of the organisations that it works and collaborates with, so we took the opportunity to reflect on what the 2009 pandemic was like and what lessons could be learned from it.
Presentations were given by several people who worked at the forefront of the pandemic response in 2009, including WHO influenza surveillance laboratories, the Victorian and Australian Government Departments of Health, hospitals, vaccine manufacturers and research groups. A panel discussion considered the question of whether we are in better position to manage an influenza pandemic now compared to 2009. Some of the themes that were raised through the different presentations and discussion included:
We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the seminar, and all of the speakers who were happy to recall and share their memories and impressions of the 2009 influenza pandemic.
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