On behalf of the CVN, I would like to highlight and encourage you to register for the upcoming CVN annual scientific conference, to be held on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th of April 2019 in Belfast. We have an exciting and topical programme, covering a broad range of topics.
Registration is via the Microbiology Society website.
The early bird discount ends 4 March 2019
- Early bird 2 day conference with MS full member price £246 (full membership starts at £72 per year by DD, £79 per year, by a debit or credit card)
- Early bird 2 day conference with MS full concessionary membership price £144 (concessionary Membership is available for those with an academic or professional interest in microbiology with an annual income of less than £35,000 (or equivalent) per year. (full concessionary membership starts at £35 per year by DD, £38 per year, by a debit or credit card)
The registration fee includes lunch on both days AND the CVN dinner – please book for the dinner with Maggie Hopper via email, [email protected]
There are around 30 bursaries worth £350 each that will be available for biomedical scientists, clinical scientists and medical specialty trainees at those SVCs and SVUs that are current CVN members (application forms available from Maggie at the above e-mail address). In the event of excess applications for bursaries, priority will be decided according to several criteria, including prior receipt of a bursary. The award of a bursary is made on the understanding that the recipient will attend on both days of the CVN conference.
Bursary applications must be sent as soon as possible to [email protected] and no later than Friday 1st March 2019 and those successful will receive confirmation by Friday 8th March 2019.
A subsidy to a maximum of £100 may be available to those who do not qualify for a bursary, to help towards travel and accommodation costs not available from, or covered by, host institute or other expenses.
Please note that the CVN cannot subsidise microbiology society registration as an expense. The bursaries and subsidies will be paid as soon as the appropriate receipts have been sent to: Mrs Maggie Hopper, CVN administrative assistant, South London Specialist Virology Centre, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2nd floor, Cheyne Wing, Bessemer Road London SE5 9RS ([email protected]).
Note: registration for the CVN conference via the Microbiology Society is mandatory for all participants, including those with a bursary.
We look forward to seeing you in Belfast this April.
Tuesday 09 April (afternoon)
Virology workshop: Clinical virology
This workshop will involve a broad range of clinical virology cases or short papers relevant to the clinical virology network, including differential diagnosis of encephalitis, management of hepatitis, diversity of rotavirus sequences, and diagnosis of respiratory infections.
- Offered paper: Clinical management of low-level hepatitis B surface antigen in haemodialysis patients with a recent history of HBV vaccination – the results of a UK-wide survey
- Megan Goddard (University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, UK
- 14:00 – 14:12
- Offered paper: Clinical evaluation of herPHEgen®: a herpesvirus genotype-to-phenotype antiviral resistance database and testing service
- Daniel Bradshaw (Public Health England, UK
- 14:12 – 14:24
- Offered paper: Two HIV seroconversions with genotypic resistance in a publicly funded HIV PrEP programme
- Lynne Renwick (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK
- 14:36 – 14:48
- Offered paper: Retrospective and prospective evaluation of chickenpox post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in at-risk groups before and after the change in PEP guidelines
- Stephanie Harris (King’s College Hospital, UK
- 14:48 – 15:00
- Offered paper: Development of serologic tools for diagnosis and surveillance of Chikungunya
- Flávia Fonseca Bagno (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
- 15:00 – 15:12
- Offered paper: Circulation of non-polio enteroviruses in 24 EU/EEA countries between 2015 and 2017 – is it time to consider systematic surveillance?
- Heli Harvala (NHS Blood and Transplant, UK
- 15:12 – 15:24
- Offered paper: Applying Next Generation Sequencing Technology to Hepatitis C Genotyping in a Routine Diagnostic Laboratory
- Sophie May (Barts Health Trust, UK)
- 15:24 – 14:36
Break: 15:24 – 16:00
- Offered paper: Seroepidemiological evidence of widespread and increased incidence of enterovirus D68 infections in young children between 2006-2016 in England
- Peter Simmonds (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Kenya
- 16:00 – 16:12
- Offered paper: Molecular Typing of Human Enteroviruses: Reanalysisof previously untypable EV isolates and the rapid detection of EV-D68
- Hannah Howson-Wells (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
- 16:12 – 16:24
- Offered paper: Wombling surplus diagnostic nucleic acid for novel pathogenesis and genetic epidemiology of viral infections
- Patrick McClure (University of Nottingham, UK
- 16:24 – 16:36
- Offered paper: High-Throughput Sequencing of Patients with Symptoms of Unknown Etiology
- Joseph G Chappell (University of Nottingham, UK
- 16:36 – 16:48
- Offered paper: Epidemiology of HTLV-infected blood donors identified in the UK between 2002 and 2017 – still a largely undiagnosed disease entity?
- Heli Harvala (NHS Blood and Transplant, UK
- 16:48 – 17:00
- Offered paper: Low prevalence of resistance mutations to integrase inhibitors (INI) in patients living with HIV-1 at baseline using next generation sequencing (NGS)
- Jon Hubb (Barts Health NHS Trust, UK
- 17:00 – 17:12
- CVN Business
- 17:30 – 18:00
Wednesday 10 April (morning)
Clinical Virology Network (CVN)
This session will involve a range of clinical virology topics relevant to the Clinical Virology Network (CVN), including polio, HCV elimination, HPV and cervical cancer, Zika virus, Monkeypox, HHV8, and the application of next generation sequencing in clinical virology.
- Global polio eradication initiative
- Patrick O’Connor (World Health Organisation, Europe
- 10:00 – 10:30
- HCV elimination
- Speaker T.B.C
- 10:30 – 11:00
- CVN Commercial Sponsor slot
- 11:00 – 11:30
Break: 11:30 – 12:00
- Elimination of cervical cancer by 2050 – realistic or wishing thinking?
- Margaret Stanley (University of Cambridge, UK
- 12:00 – 12:30
- Zika virus update and why is microcephaly geographically variable
- David Brown (Public Health England, UK
- 12:30 – 13:00
Wednesday 10th April (afternoon)
- Poxviridae and UK clinical and public health experience of monkeypox
- Tim Brooks (Public Health England, UK
- 14:00 – 14:30
- The clinical utility of next generation sequencing in virology
- Tamyo Mbisa (Public Health England, UK
- 14:30 – 15:00
- Human herpes virus 8 including transplant setting
- Richard Tedder (NHS, UK)
- 15:00 – 15:30