Most endemic coronaviruses (CoV) cause mild respiratory and intestinal infections in animals and humans. The identification of two novel and highly pathogenic coronaviruses as the cause of SARS and MERS outbreaks has illustrated the risks associated with zoonotic infections from this family of viruses. This course will review our current understanding and knowledge gaps, with special emphasis on the origin, evolution, transmissibility, molecular biology, epidemiological and clinical features of the highly pathogenic SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Practical workshops will challenge participants to design experimental strategies to mitigate the impact of CoV infections.
Course directors: Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) ; Chris MOK (Hong Kong) ; Malik PEIRIS (Hong Kong) Noel TORDO (Guinea)
Faculty: Marcel BOKELMANN (Germany) ; Roberto BRUZZONE (Hong Kong) ; Emmie DE WIT (USA) ; Bart HAAGMANS (Netherlands) ; Yae-Jean KIM (Korea) ; Raven KOK (Hong Kong) ; Mart LAMERS (Netherlands) ; Eve MIGUEL (France) ; Jean MILLET (France) ; Chris MOK (Hong Kong) ; Malik PEIRIS (Hong Kong) ; Peter ROTTIER (Netherlands) ; Zhengli SHI (China) ; Amy SIMS (USA) ; Noel TORDO (Guinea) ; Maria VAN KERKHOVE (Switzerland) ; Patrick WOO (Hong Kong) ; Nicholas WU (USA) ; Jincun ZHAO (USA)
Open to postgraduate students, MD, DVM, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists from Hong Kong and overseas.
Registration fees (HKD 1,500) include accommodation (on sharing twin basis for overseas participants) and food (lunch and coffee breaks). Please return the completed form, including 1-2 letters of recommendation, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course (MMPH6171) is included in the coursework curriculum for research postgraduate studies of the University of Hong Kong.