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Norovirus in healthcare settings and beyond – a research workshop

Date: Friday 17 October 2014
Location: Institute of Materials, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB
Cost: £40.09 per delegate full price and £20.09 for current students

Approved for 5 CPD points by the Royal College of Pathologists.

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Event background and information

Norovirus is reportedly the most common enteric pathogen and a major cause of short-term illness in the UK (1). Although norovirus infections, which cause vomiting and diarrhoea, are short-term and mostly self-limiting with symptoms that typically resolve within three or four days, they impose a huge burden in all healthcare settings.

Within the UK portfolio of infectious disease research investments, there has historically been very little research directly focused on norovirus, particularly compared to other enteric pathogens (2). Thus, speakers at this workshop will focus on several key topic areas, including surveillance, perspectives from those in hospitals and care homes, norovirus in the community, and an update on vaccine development. They will speak of the current state of knowledge within their area, and highlight research gaps and priority areas. A panel discussion will give you an invaluable opportunity to engage with these academic and industry experts. There are also opportunities to present your own research via an abstract submission for poster presentations.

Sessions will be chaired by Sarah O'Brien (Liverpool) and John Harris (Public Health England). Speakers include representatives from University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, Public Health England and Takeda.

This event is a collaboration between Public Health England and the Infectious Disease Research Network, and will be of relevance to those who have an interest in enteric disease and infection control. These may include - clinical and public health staff and students, academics, the private sector, and funders of biomedical research and policy groups.

1. Health Protection Agency. Gastrointestinal Infections Annual Report, 2010. London: Health Protection Agency, 2011. See HPAweb_C/1317131948388.

2. Head MG, Fitchett JR, Atun R; Systematic analysis of funding awarded for norovirus research to institutions in the United Kingdom, 1997-2010; Journal of Royal Society of Medicine. 2013. doi: 10.1177/0141076813511450

Payment information

£40.09 per delegate full price and £20.09 for students (this includes, but is not limited to, PhD, MSc, BSc, medical and nursing students. Please email through proof of student status)

During the registration process, you will be asked to specify your chosen payment method. If you select bank transfer, we will email you instructions. You can also select the option of having an invoice sent to your employer (or other chosen contact).

Please click here to pay online using your credit or debit card. You will need to log into the UCL Store (creating an account is free, no added charges etc).

Please make cheques payable to 'University College London' and send to Cherry Heaven, Research Dept of Infection & Population Health, UCL Farr Institute, 222 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DA


Abstract submission (posters only)

Deadline has now passed


The event will take place at Council Room, The Institute of Materials, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB

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Start and finish times

Registration is from 9:00am, first presentation at 9:55am, and closing at 4:50pm.


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Event contact

Please Michael Head, , or Cherry Heaven, phone 020 7794 0500 ext 38824.

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