UK International Coronavirus Network – Satellite Meeting
From Animals to Humans: a One Health Perspective

6th June 2024 – Holiday Inn Express Saskatoon East University


Join us for our first ever Canadian UK-ICN meeting taking place in sunny Saskatoon! This meeting is themed around animal coronaviruses,
including presentations of current research findings, panel Q&A sessions and gap analysis (led by STAR-IDAZ).
Open to UK-ICN members – not a member?
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Key Dates:

Friday, March 15, 2024

Satellite Abstract Deadline - Abstract form to be completed and submitted to 

Wednesday, May 1, 202

Satellite Meeting Registration Closes - Register ThroughCSV Conference Registration Form

Friday, May 3, 2024

Submission Deadline: Early career researcher travel grants (up to £1000) available for presenting authors who are also UK-ICN members.


Dr Valeria Mariano – Research Coordinator (STAR IDAZ IRC)

STAR-IDAZ IRC is conducting gap analyses and developing roadmaps for animal disease control. For zoonotic coronaviruses, a One Health approach coordinating the human and animal research initiative will be needed. To date, research gaps in animal CoV in this region have not been captured into the global STAR-IDAZ IRC roadmap.

The afternoon session of this meeting will involve a two-hour gap analysis exercise led by Dr Valeria Mariano (WOAH/STAR-IDAZ IRC) themed around: Diagnostics, Vaccines, and Control Strategies to capture the relevant information for a wider global research roadmap to identify future research priorities. Valeria conducted a similar gap analysis at our 2023 animal coronavirus meeting held in Belfast. The report can be viewed here.


Professor Wanda Markotter
Chair in Animal Infectious Diseases
University of Pretoria

Wanda is the director of the Centre for Viral Zoonoses in the Department of Medical Virology at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences and a leading expert in zoonotic diseases and a UK-ICN management board member. Wanda has extensive experience and outputs in the One Health space as a virologist focused on interdisciplinary research of the disease ecology of zoonotic pathogens in bats.

Professor Paul Duprex
Director of the Center for Vaccine Research (CVR)
University of Pittsburgh

Paul is the Director of the Center for Vaccine Research (CVR), Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Jonas Salk Endowed Chair for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a molecular virologist with nearly twenty-five years’ experience. Paul works on human and animal respiratory viruses such as measles, mumps and SARS-CoV-2.  His research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of viral pathogenesis and vaccine attenuation, with a view to developing rationally attenuated vaccines. 


Registration includes a drinks reception, poster session and networking on the evening of 6th June 2024.

Registration Type

Registration Fee

Established Researcher

$75.00 CAD

Early Career Researcher

$40.00 CAD

Registration deadline: 1st May 2024

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