07 februari 2019 - 08 februari 2019
The 1918 influenza pandemic: Historical and biomedical reflections
At the centenary commemoration of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, many questions with regard to the origin, the development and the impact of this worldwide phenomenon remain largely uncharted.
- Where did this virus come from?
- To what degree and how were its genesis and its rapid transcontinental spread caused and/or facilitated by the war circumstances?
- Which genetic features of the virus explain its unusually high pathogenicity?
- How did medical and political authorities react?
- Why were some age groups spared by this dreadful virus?
- Is it possible to fathom the impact of the pandemic both on the everyday life of citizens and on general developments in science, culture and politics?
- How far can a historical approach contribute to the understanding of current-day pandemics, and vice versa?
In order to tackle these questions, an international and interdisciplinary conference will be held in Ypres (Belgium) on 7-8 February 2019. The Scientific Committee warmly invites you to submit abstracts of original research papers related to biomedical and historical aspects of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which you would like to be considered for presentation at the conference.
Marnix Beyen (co-chair), University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Xavier Saelens (co-chair), Ghent University and VIB, Ghent, Belgium
Peter Palese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
Anne Rasmussen, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Kaat Wils, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Marc Van Ranst, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Dominiek Dendooven, In Flanders Fields Museum (Ieper) and University of Antwerp (Antwerp), Belgium