To mark the culmination of almost five years of transnational efforts to combat Zika virus, we are hosting a series of open access public webinars featuring some of the key participants in this global health study. We welcome you to join us and discuss what our findings mean both in terms of the lessons learned from the 2015-2016 epidemic, and in the current context of global public health concerns.

Pioneering research: scientists united in global effort to combat Zika

ZikaPLAN webinar 1

Wednesday February 24, 2021 (13:00 - 16:00 GMT)

Hear from some of our leading researchers as they reflect on the multidisciplinary scientific response to the Zika outbreak. Divided into three parts, this webinar will provide expert insights into how we responded in the immediate aftermath of the Zika outbreak; what our investigations revealed about virus biology and mosquito genetics; and how our team approached modelling analysis.

Hosted by Scientific Coordinator Annelies Wilder Smith and Social Science Network Coordinator Gustavo Matta, with speakers Elizabeth Brickley, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira, Ricardo Arraes de Alencar Ximenes, Demócrito de Barros Miranda-Filho, Louis Lambrechts, Daniela Weiskopf, Suzanne Kaptein, James Logan and Kathleen O’Reilly.

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Zika and the nervous system: emerging lessons for emerging viruses

ZikaPLAN webinar 2

Wednesday March 10, 2021 (13:00 - 16:00 GMT)

Including a series of new short films that highlight the people and the projects who made ZikaPLAN possible, this webinar gives you the chance to hear from and ask questions of researchers from across the world who have furthered the global health community’s understanding of infectious diseases such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and congenital Zika syndromes.

Chaired by Tom Solomon, with speakers including Maria Lucia Brito, Sonja Leonhard, Fatima Militão, Hugh Willison, Celina Turchi, Julia Edgar and Suzannah Lant.

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A lasting legacy: beyond ZikaPLAN

ZikaPLAN webinar 3

Wednesday March 24, 2021 (13:00 - 16:00 GMT)

Join leading contributors and participants from our global consortia as we reflect on what we now know about Zika virus and arboviruses in general, and the broader implications for how the world might more effectively respond to future outbreaks. You will also hear from the researchers who developed some of the pioneering databases and bio-banking systems that have been pivotal to our work in understanding Zika. Including time for Q&As with our panellists.

With key note presentations from our partners ZikaAlliance and ZikaAction, Xavier de Lamballerie, Carlos Giaquinto, Trudie Lang , Helen Dolk , Rosanna Peeling and Bart Jacobs.

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