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PHO Grand Rounds: Update on swine origin variant and avian influenzas
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Laboratory Testing and Sciences
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties

Over recent years, in particular since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, global surveillance for novel influenza viruses has been significantly increased. This session will provide an overview of antigenic drift and shift in influenza viruses. We will also discuss how this contributes to the evolution of influenza viruses and emergence of influenza pandemics. A review of key novel influenza viruses, focusing on swine origin variants, influenza A(H5N1), A(H7N9) and A(H10N8) will be provided.

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Gubbay

Jonathan Gubbay is a medical microbiologist at Public Health Ontario Laboratories. He is the microbiologist for the virus detection, arboviruses, and respiratory bacteriology laboratories at PHO. He is an assistant professor in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and part-time staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases, The Hospital for Sick Children. He is a member of the Pandemic Influenza Laboratory Preparedness Network, part of the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network. He has a research interest in the molecular epidemiology and diagnosis of respiratory viral and bacterial infections and the emergence of antiviral resistance.

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