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Victoria Harbour

Individual and population immunity to respiratory viruses

8-10 Nov 2023
Harbour Grand Hong Kong
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Overview

Immunity to respiratory viruses can be conferred by infections or by vaccinations, and immunity plays a key role in infection dynamics. At the individual level, immunity can prevent infections from occurring, reduce their severity if they do occur and may prevent transmission. At the population level, immunity can mitigate the public health impact of epidemics, and increasing population immunity through vaccination is the primary approach used to reduce the annual disease burden of influenza and COVID-19 in many parts of the world. In the near future, RSV vaccines will also be introduced. The objective of this meeting is to improve our understanding of individual and population immunity to respiratory viruses, and how these change over time, with direct implications for vaccination policies and other control measures.

Program
Programe outline

8 Nov 2023 (Day 1) Conference 9:00-17:00

9 Nov 2023 (Day 2) Conference 9:00-17:00 Evening Reception 18:00-21:00

10 Nov 2023 (Day 3) Conference 9:00-16:30

Final conference program is available here

Conference booklet is available here

Topics

In this scientific meeting, we will discuss the following questions relating to influenza, COVID-19, RSV, and other respiratory viruses:

 

  • What are the available approaches to the measurement of immunity against respiratory virus infections in individuals?

  • What are the immune correlates of protection against infection or severe disease and which of these are induced temporarily or permanently by prior natural infection or different types of vaccination?

  • What is the role of mucosal immunity and how well does it correlate with protection and transmission?

  • At the population level, what are the factors which contribute to increased susceptibility of populations to respiratory virus epidemics? This will include immunity in individuals, and may also include other host, viral and environmental factors and their interactions.

  • How should we best deploy new and existing vaccines to reduce the impact of respiratory virus epidemics and pandemics?

  • What are other immunological mechanisms relevant to the development and evaluation of the next generation of vaccines, including broadly protective “universal” vaccines? This will include updates on T cell-based vaccines and new vaccine platforms, and the role of adjuvants.

  • How does imprinting affect individual and population immunity?

  • How does viral evolution impact on population immunity?

Pre-conference CONSISE meeting

We have a pre-conference meeting which is the first meeting of the reinvigorated Consortium for the Standardization of Influenza Seroepidemiology, which will be held at The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong on Tuesday 7 November 2023. For those who are unable to attend in person, we will arrange zoom links. Please register here: https://consise.influenza.hk/

Committees
Conference Chairs
Professor Benjamin Cowling

School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Scientific Committee
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Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen

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Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, USA

Professor Benjamin Cowling

School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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Department of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Department of Viroscience, Erasmus MC, The Netherlands

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Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infections Diseases, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, U.K.

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, U.K.

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Infectious Disease Department, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Organizing Committee
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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Professor Benjamin Cowling

School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infections Diseases, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Registration

Please register via the Conference Portal. You will need to create a user account at the Conference Portal to register for the conference. For step-by-step Conference Portal account creation guidelines, please click here.

 

After Conference Portal account creation, please use the same email address of the Conference Portal to create another payment account on The University of Hong Kong Financial and Enterprise Office Online Payment System (HKUOPS) to complete the payment. For step-by-step Payment guidelines, please click here.

Students

Student registration must be accompanied by valid proof of status. Students must upload a proof of status via the Conference Portal: the document must be issued in English. It can be a scan of your valid student ID card if issued in English or a confirmation from the Head of Department. The document should contain the same name and surname as your registration account and should contain an expiry date.

Student Travel Grant

The Student Travel Grant provides travel and participation grants to delegates in current full time study who wish to attend the conference.

Application for the student travel grant is now closed.

Invitation Letter

Attendees who require a letter of invitation (e.g., for visa application), please contact the conference secretariat and quote your name and registration ID.

Delegates from Low and Middle Income countries

We are able to provide a reduced conference fee for a small number of delegates employed by or studying at organisations and institutions in low and middle income countries who wish to attend the Immunity 2023 Conference. Please contact the conference secretariat with your details prior to registration.

Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation by 8 October 2023, we will refund the delegate 50% of the registration fee. After that, no refund will be payable to the delegate.

Abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed.

 

We welcome any late-breaking abstracts related to individual and population immunity to respiratory viruses. Some examples include (but not limited to):

  • measures of immunity (e.g. humoral, cell-mediated and mucosal immunity)

  • measures of individual or population susceptibility

  • measures of infection or disease severity

  • measures of transmission

  • immunity from natural infection or vaccination

  • immune imprinting

  • correlate of protection

  • factors affecting population immunity and population dynamics

  • prediction of epidemics and pandemics

  • virus evolution, and interaction with immunity

  • development of next-generation universal vaccines

  • vaccination strategy and policy

The deadline to submit or edit your late-breaking abstract(s) is 24 September 2023, 23:59 HKT. The presenting author of each abstract accepted for publication will be notified by email by 2 October 2023 23:59 HKT.

For step-by-step late-breaking abstract submission guidelines, please click here.

Invited Speakers
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Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases Unit, Institut Pasteur, France

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Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, USA

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University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Department of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Institute of Environmental Science and Research, New Zealand

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Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, U.K.

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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

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National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, U.K.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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Center for Global Health Science and Security, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Accommodation

You are welcome to book your own accommodation for your travel in Hong Kong. Please find the suggested hotel options near the conference venue here.

Location

Harbour Grand Hong Kong

23 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong (MTR Fortress Hill Station Exit A)

Please click here for directions from Fortress Hill MTR station to Harbour Grand Hong Kong.

Key Dates

8 October 2023

Deadline standard registration

7 November 2023

Deadline late registration

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