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SARS-CoV-2 Variants – Past, Present, and Future

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Sharon Peacock, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Health and Microbiology
Department of Medicine
University of Cambridge, UK
Executive Director of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium
Elected Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences

Virtual Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture: SARS-CoV-2 variants – Past, Present, and Future

Date: January 20, 2022

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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About this Seminar

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, genome sequencing has provided vital insights into the biology and evolution of the causal virus, SARS-CoV-2. Within a month of the first reported cases, genome data had informed the rapid development of vaccines and continues to inform vaccine redesign. Sequencing has detected the emergence and spread of Variants of Concern, and underpins studies of variant transmissibility, immune evasion, and disease severity. In this talk, Dr. Peacock will describe how tracking the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 has underpinned our understanding of past and present variants, and how this could inform predictions of future variants.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by Dr. Michael Friedlander and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. For more information, please call 540-526-2059.

About Maury Strauss

Maury Strauss is a longtime community benefactor and businessman who supports biomedical research with the goal of energizing the local economy and improving quality of life in our neighborhoods and around the world. In order to ensure the continued success of Roanoke’s biomedical research enterprise, as well as the free public seminars, Mr. Strauss has made a generous gift to the series. Read VT News Story

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