We are excited to announce that the first annual Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium symposium will take place on October 17, 2023 at the Old Mill Toronto! Please join us for a day of research, networking and community-building.
The symposium is free to attend for anyone who is affiliated with one of EPIC’s partner institutes (the Hospital for Sick Children, Sinai Health/Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre/Sunnybrook Research Institute, Unity Health Toronto, University Health Network, University of Toronto).
If you are not affiliated with an EPIC partner and would like to attend, please send us a message at email@example.com.
If you are an industry or government representative and are interested in supporting this event and/or attending, please send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open to EPIC members! To reserve your spot, check your email for your early access code and register at Eventbrite.
Registration to non-members will open on September 11.
|8:00 – 8:45 am||Registration |
Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.
|8:45 – 9:00 am||Opening remarks|
|9:00 – 10:45 am||Session #1: Emerging pathogen surveillance and response|
Silence = Death: How community engagement was central to research and public health during Ontario’s mpox response
Darrell Tan, Unity Health Toronto
Emerging infectious diseases threats during pregnancy: building systems of surveillance and response
Vanessa Allen, Sinai Health
Alphacoronaviruses in bats in eastern Ontario, Canada
Jonathon Kotwa, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Distributed, low-burden diagnostics: an emerging role for synthetic biology and low-cost hardware
Keith Pardee, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, U of T
Empowering communities: education and outreach in Toronto’s Black community during the COVID-19 pandemic
Upton Allen, Hospital for Sick Children
|10:45 – 11:00 am||Coffee break|
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Lightning round: Meet the new PIs|
Roger Antabe, Department of Health and Society, U of T Scarborough
Aereas Aung, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, U of T
Artem Babaian, Department of Molecular Genetics, U of T
Marcus Dillon, Department of Biology, U of T Mississauga
Guillaume Filion, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, U of T Scarborough
Greg German, Unity Health Toronto
Sarah Haines, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, U of T
Bowen Li, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, U of T
Mike Norris, Department of Biochemistry, U of T
Kathryn Rozen-Gagnon, Department of Molecular Genetics, U of T
Nicole Weckman, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, U of T
Alice Zhabokritsky, University Health Network
|12:00 – 1:00 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:00 pm||Keynote presentation: Lessons learned from reporting at the pandemic’s front lines|
Lauren Pelley, senior health and medical reporter, CBC
|2:00 – 3:00 pm||Panel discussion: Breaking the cycle of panic and neglect to create sustained readiness to infectious threats|
Moderator: Lauren Pelley (senior health and medical reporter, CBC)
Panelists: Leah Cowen (University of Toronto), David Naylor
|3:00 – 3:15 pm||Coffee break|
|3:15 – 5:00 pm||Session #2: Development and implementation of innovative countermeasures|
Flow virometry: a new lens for virus-based therapies & vaccines
Christina Guzzo, Department of Cell and Systems Biology, U of T Scarborough
Bio-inspired surfaces to prevent microbial attachment
Ben Hatton, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, U of T
Using stem cell-derived macrophages to combat pulmonary viral infections
Michael Litvack, Hospital for Sick Children
Lessons learned from studying T cell responses following SARS-CoV-2 infection or vaccination
Tania Watts, Department of Immunology, U of T
Understanding COVID-19’s inner workings and new treatment approaches
Haibo Zhang, Unity Health Toronto
|5:00 – 7:00 pm||Networking reception and poster session|