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Biobio Society virtual symposium: What threatens us: Future pandemics & lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

PROGRAM (lectures are in English)
9.30-9.35 Welcome – Dr. Hannu Koistinen, Chair of the Biobio society
Session 1 (session chair Dr. Jenni Hultman, Biobio society/University of Helsinki)  
9.35-10.15 On the origin of pandemics – how do they start?
 Prof. Olli Vapalahti (Professor of zoonotic virology, University of Helsinki)
10.15-10.35 SARS-CoV-2, why is it so different?
Prof. Tarja Sironen (Associate Professor of emerging infectious diseases, Univ. of Helsinki)
10.35-10.55 Bacterial pandemics
 To be confirmed
10.55-11.15 Antibiotic resistance – a real threat to the world!
Prof. Marko Virta (Professor of microbiology, University of Helsinki)
11.15-11.35 Modelling airborne virus transmission – the danger in public places
Dr. Nina Atanasova (Senior scientist, Finnish Meteorological Institute)
11.35-12.20 Break


Session 2 (session chair Dr. Peter Sarin, Biobio society/University of Helsinki)
12.20-12.50 The power of vaccination
Dr. Hanna Nohynek (Chief Physician, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
12.50-13.20 Future approaches for vaccine development
Dr. Mario Barro (Vice President and Head of Advanced Research for Influenza Vaccines, Sanofi
13.20-13.40 Knowing your enemy – need for diagnostics
Dr. Minna Mäki (R&D and Production Director, Biohit Oyj)
13.40-14.00 Data Science and AI against COVID: potential of smartphone data
Prof. Sasu Tarkoma (Professor of Computer Science, University of Helsinki)
14:00-14:15 Break
14.15-15.30 Panel discussion – moderator Dr. Marc Baumann, Biobio society/University of Helsinki
All speakers and audience via chat

Aloitusaika: 11.05.2021 09:30
Lopetusaika: 11.05.2021 15:30
Kesto: 6 hours
Sijainti: remotely
Tyyppi: Symposium
Organisaatio: BioBio Society
Yhteyshenkilö: symposium@biobio.org
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Dissertation: Rosa Woldegebriel

​Rosa Woldegebriel, Faculty of Medicine,  Doctoral Programme Brain&MInd: Identification and role of MCM3AP disease gene in neurological disease spectrum and its neuronal modelling

Opponent: Professor Marina Kennerson, University of Sydney

Aloitusaika: 12.05.2021 09:00
Lopetusaika: 12.05.2021 11:00
Kesto: 2 hours
Sijainti: remotely
Tyyppi: Dissertation
Organisaatio: UH, Faculty of Medicine
Yhteyshenkilö: rosa.woldegebriel@helsinki.fi
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Dissertation: Anna Westberg

​Anna Westberg, Faculty of Medicine, Doctoral Programme in Population Health: Maternal overweight in pregnancy and offspring health outcomes in late adulthood

Opponent: Professor Peter Nilsson, Lunds Universitet

Aloitusaika: 12.05.2021 12:00
Lopetusaika: 12.05.2021 14:00
Kesto: 2 hours
Sijainti: remotely
Tyyppi: Dissertation
Organisaatio: UH, Faculty of Medicine
Yhteyshenkilö: anna.westberg@helsinki.fi
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Dissertation. Liina Kuuluvainen

​Liina Kuuluvainen, Facutly of Medicine, Doctoral Programme in Clinical research: GENETICS OF DEMENTIA DISORDERS AND ALS

Opponent: Professor Hannele Laivuori, University of Tampere

Aloitusaika: 14.05.2021 13:00
Lopetusaika: 14.05.2021 15:00
Kesto: 2 hours
Sijainti: remotely
Tyyppi: Dissertation
Organisaatio: UH, Faculty of Medicine
Yhteyshenkilö: liina.kuuluvainen@helsinki.fi
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HiLIFE Webinar: Catherine Peichel

​Replaying the tape of life: how predictable is evolution?
Prof. Catherine (Katie) Peichel completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, obtained her PhD at Princeton University, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She was a Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle for 13 years before moving to the University of Bern in 2016. Her research focuses on identifying the genetic and genomic mechanisms that underlie evolutionary processes.

Link to institute publications: 



Link to Introduction to Genetic Analysis (12th Edition): https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/ca/product/Introduction-to-Genetic-Analysis/p/1319114784 


Welcome to this exciting seminar!  


Craig Primmer 




University of Helsinki students please note: If you wish to obtain credits (DPBM, ILS)  from this webinar series, please rename yourself in Zoom with first name + last name (do not use nickname/user ID/student number/just first name). 

Aloitusaika: 17.05.2021 12:00
Lopetusaika: 17.05.2021 13:00
Sijainti: remotely
Tyyppi: Webinar
Organisaatio: Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE
Yhteyshenkilö: hilife-seminars@helsinki.fi