22nd International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME), Lisbon, Portugal

The workshop provides both theoretical and practical training in phylogenetic inference and evolutionary hypothesis testing. It is recognized as one of the best international virus bioinformatics courses. It covers sequence analysis, phylogenetics, phylodynamics methods and large scale methods for next-generation sequencing (NGS) analytics

This annual workshop will provide 90 virologists with intensive training in the mathematical principles and computer applications used in the study of virus evolution and for conducting detailed molecular epidemiological investigations.

The 22nd International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2017) will be hosted by the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical.

Organising Committee

Anne-Mieke Vandamme (KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium)

Tulio de Oliveira (Krisp, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Philippe Lemey (KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium)

Mattia Prosperi (University of Florida, USA)

Ana Abecasis (Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Pedro Fernandes (Instituto Gulbenkian de Cienca, Oeiras, Portugal)

Nuno Taveira (Instituto Superior de Ciencias da Saude Egas Moniz, Monte de Caparica, Portugal)

Combating viral spread and their associated disease burden is a tremendous challenge requiring significant research efforts and dedicated measures, in public health, veterinary care, and agriculture strategies. Viral sequence data is a major asset in the characterization of pathogens. Understanding the processes that generate genetic diversity assists in the struggle against viral infections and enhances our understanding of past evolutionary and epidemiological events. It can also help in the identification of the origins of new epidemics, in monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic strategies, and eventually in predicting the behavior of viral epidemics. Advances in bioinformatics have led to improved approaches to investigating viral outbreaks that ave been successfully applied to viruses including the Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV), the Ebola virus, the Dengue viruses, the Chikungunya virus and the Influenza virus.

More information on the VEME workshop, please visit the website below

News date: 2017-08-27



KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira