Programme

Virology Days 2024 Conference
Thursday, 21 March 2024

University of Helsinki, Main Building
Sessions & Registration: Small Hall, 4th floor (Fabianinkatu wing)
Exhibition, Posters & Breaks: Agora, 1st floor (Aleksanterinkatu wing)
Entrance & Coat check: Aleksanterinkatu 5, street level

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:30 Session I: Molecular Virology (Chair: Tero Ahola) 
Opening Words – Sarah Butcher (University of Helsinki) & Päivi Ojala (University of Helsinki) 
Laura Kakkola (University of Turku and Turku University Hospital): Zika virus nonstructural protein 5 interacts with splicing machinery
Teemu Smura (University of Helsinki): Tick-borne encephalitis virus phylogeography in Europe
Lauri Pulkkinen (Umeå University): Simultaneous membrane and RNA binding by the tick-borne encephalitis virus capsid protein 
Tania Quirin (University of Helsinki): Exploring the molecular dynamics of the viral replication complex induced by Semliki Forest virus
Aditya Thiruvaiyaru (University of Helsinki): Host factors essential for efficient replication of alphaviruses

10:30-11:15 Coffee, exhibition and poster viewing, NOTE: put the posters up at the latest during this time

11:15-12:30 Session II: Epidemiology (Chair: Carita Savolainen-Kopra)
Kirsi Aaltonen (University of Helsinki): Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 outbreak in the Finnish furfarms 2024
Sami Oikarinen (Tampere University): Municipal wastewater reveals up-to-date information on viruses affecting public health
Matti Waris (University of Turku and Turku University Hospital): Point-of-care test for viral inflammation biomarker MxA
Essi Korhonen (University of Helsinki): Uncovering the burden of vector-borne viruses in southeastern Kenya
Sally Chesnut (University of Helsinki): Human protoparvovirus sero- and genoprevalence in Egypt

12:30-14:15 Lunch, exhibition and poster viewing

14:15-15:30 Session III in memoriam Jaana Bamford (1955-2016): Bacteriophages and virus structures (Chair: Ilona Rissanen)
Opening words for the memorial session – Ilona Rissanen (University of Helsinki)
Meri M. Salomaa (University of Helsinki): Persistent dsRNA bacteriophage infection
Daniel Patricio (University of Jyväskylä): Phage-bacteria-eukaryotic cells interplay in a mucosal environment
Tatiana Demina (University of Helsinki: Viral diversity in polar sea ice
Ashwini Kedari (University of Helsinki): Structural perspective into rabies virus neutralization
Zlatka Plavec (University of Helsinki): Antiviral capsid binders

15:30-17:30 Poster session and exhibition with coffee and voting for the BioNordika best poster prize 
Posters can be taken down after the session.

19:00- Dinner (Restaurant Sipuli, Kanavaranta 7) – hosted by Giuseppe Balistreri

Friday, 22 March 2024

University of Helsinki, Main Building
Sessions & Registration: Small Hall, 4th floor (Fabianinkatu wing)
Exhibition, Posters & Breaks: Agora, 1st floor (Aleksanterinkatu wing)
Entrance & Coat check: Aleksanterinkatu 5, street level

9:30-10:45 Session IV: Pathogenesis (Chair: Eili Huhtamo)
Niila Jouppila (Tampere University): High throughput multiplex assays for establishing pathogen-disease linkage in cohort studies
Leo Hannolainen (University of Helsinki): Reactivation of a transplant recipient’s inherited human herpesvirus 6 and implications to the graft
Krista Tuohinto (University of Helsinki): Oncogenic herpesvirus hijacks SOX18 pioneering activity to facilitate viral latent DNA replication
Sami Salminen (University of Jyväskylä): Changes in chromatin mobility and compaction during herpesvirus infection
Satu Hakanen (University of Jyväskylä): Role of the proliferation marker Ki-67 in parvovirus infection

10:45-11:30 Coffee and exhibition
Posters must be taken down at this time.

11:30-12:45 Session V: Current Topics in Virology (Chair: Sarah Butcher)
Talk by the Young Virologist of the Year awardee: title TBA
Talk by the Best Poster Awardee: title TBA
Erika Lindh (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, THL): Human health implications of extensive spread of influenza A(H5N1) in farmed mammals
Silvia Gramolelli (Åbo Akademi University): Unlocking EBV’s secrets: PIK3CA mutations in gastric cancer organoids 

Closing words – Päivi Ojala (University of Helsinki)

12:45-14:00 Lunch and exhibition