6 April 2021

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 – the virus, the disease and the solutions

Organised by:

SCI All-Ireland Group

Online Webinar - 13.00 - 14.00 BST

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This talk will provide an overview of SARS-CoV-2 in terms of virus structure and suspected origin, COVID-19 disease manifestations, a brief overview of current vaccine strategies, and our own research on the identification of drugs with potential to treat COVID-19 disease.
This talk will be of interest for anyone who wants to learn more about the latest Covid research.

Ultan Power

Queen’s University Belfast

Ultan Power is Professor of Molecular Virology in Queen’s University Belfast. He graduated from University College Cork with a PhD in Microbiology. After his postdoctoral training in the molecular virology of respiratory viruses in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, he moved to the pharma sector in France where he was appointed Head of Virology in the Centre of Immunology Pierre Fabre, the biotech research arm of Institut de Recherche Pierre Fabre.

In 2004, he returned to academia and established a research group in Queen’s University Belfast aimed at understanding human respiratory virus/host interactions, with particular emphasis on RSV. His group established novel in vitro models of respiratory virus infection based on primary human airway epithelium differentiated in the lab to look and behave like human airway epithelium in vivo. In response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in 2020, his research has pivoted to understanding the pathophysiology of COVID-19 disease in human airway epithelium and the repurposing of known drugs as potential therapeutics to treat COVID-19.

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Organising Committee
  • David Birkett, SCI
  • Ruramayi Nzuma, Queen's University Belfast

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