XIV Virology Meeting
On the 30th of November 2015 the XIV Virology Meeting was held at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), in Barcelona. Dr Juana Díez (DCEXS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Dr Rosa M. Pintó (Departament de Microbiologia de la Universitat de Barcelona) were the organizers, and researchers from different virology fields attended the meeting.
The scientific program included sessions devoted to emerging viruses and vector borne viruses, HIV and plants viruses, among others. Some researchers, technicians, and PhD students from IRTA-CReSA attended the meeting, and they presented their work in three oral communications. First, Júlia Vergara-Alert presented an experimental study in dromedary camels and MERS coronavirus: “Dromedary camel as an experimental animal model for MERS-CoV”. During the same session, Marco Brustolin presented his studies in vector competence in a presentation entitled “Vector Competence of European Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes for Rift Valley fever Virus”. Finally, Paula López-Monteagudo explained the results of an efficient vaccine against African swine fever virus: “Immunization with a deletion mutant of African Swine fever virus confers protection against homologous and heterologous lethal challenges”.
At the end, and after the final talk given by Dr Andrés Merits from the University of Tatu (Estonia), Júlia Vergara-Alert received the best presentation award of the meeting.