Microbiology Society JGV Roadshow 2022, in collaboration with the CVR – Glasgow

17 Oct - Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow, UK

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As part of our commitment to developing, expanding and strengthening the vast networks and opportunities available to our members and local communities, the Microbiology Society is pleased to announce the third Roadshow of 2022, held in collaboration with MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR), organised by Professor Paul Duprex (Center for Vaccine Research, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Journal of General Virology Editor-in-Chief) and Professor Alain Kohl (Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow, UK, Journal of General Virology Deputy Editor-in-Chief).

Published by the Microbiology Society, Journal of General Virology has been publishing peer-reviewed research for more than 50 years. It recognises the importance of virology as a unique discipline within microbiology, and actively collaborates with partners such as the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) to support the global virology community.

Journal of General Virology journal logo with Microbiology Society logo underneath on the right-hand side

The CVR is home to an internationally leading critical mass of virologists, entirely focused on the study of human viral diseases and viruses at the human-animal interface. Established in 2010 as a partnership between the University and the Medical Research Council (MRC), the CVR contributes to national virology capability and supports the global response to viruses and the diseases they cause. 

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

At this Roadshow, President Professor Gurdyal S. Besra will provide insights into his journey as a Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) researcher and offered and invited speakers will share the latest advancements across the spectrum of virology. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the President and members of the Journal of General Virology Editorial Board, find out more about the wide range of opportunities at the Society and network with other local virologists and microbiologists.

The event will take place on Monday 17 October at Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow, UK.

During the event, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet the President, Professor Gurdyal S. Besra FMedSci FRS.
  • Network with local like-minded people.
  • Find out why microbiology and being part of the Microbiology Society matters.
  • Learn more about the Journal of General Virology and meet the Editorial Board.
  • Learn how to get more involved with the Society and find out more about the wide range of opportunities at the Society to advance your career, build your networks, raise your profile and communicate your work.
  • Discover more about publishing for the community and how you can support your Society.
Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in virology and microbiology or wanting to find out more about the Microbiology Society.

All Roadshow events are free to attend. You will need to register in advance for catering purposes, so that numbers can be limited to allow for the best networking and engagement during the event and for COVID-19 safety measures. 

Early registration is advised as places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Membership Team at [email protected].



*Please note the programme is subject to change. 

08:30–09:00 Registration and refreshments  

Welcome and overview

Dr Peter Cotgreave (Microbiology Society, UK, Chief Executive)

Professor W. Paul Duprex (University of Pittsburgh, USA, Building Communities Committee member, Publishing Panel member, Journal of General Virology Editor-in-Chief)

My Academic Journey as a TB Researcher followed by Q&A and discussion

Professor Gurdyal S. Besra (University of Birmingham, UK, Microbiology Society President)
09:40–10:30 Get Involved Session Chaired by Professor Alain Kohl (University of Glasgow, UK, Publishing Panel member, Journal of General Virology Deputy Editor-in-Chief)
09:40–09:50 Supporting the careers of early career microbiologists Dr Rebecca McHugh (University of Glasgow, UK, Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Executive Committee member, Impact and Influence Committee member)

Get involved in our policy activities

Professor Chloe James (University of Salford, UK, Council member, Impact and Influence Committee co-Chair)

Publishing for the Community

Professor Paul Hoskisson 
(University of Strathclyde, UK, Council member, Building Communities Committee co-Chair, Publishing Panel Chair)

Making the most of your membership with Society grants

Dr Eleanor Gaunt (The Roslin Institute, UK, Virus Division member)

The Members Panel: providing a platform for underrepresented communities

Kirsty Jones (Staffordshire University, UK, Members Panel member)


Speed networking and refreshments


JGV Session 1

Chaired by Dr Ben Brennan (University of Glasgow, UK, Journal of General Virology Editor)

Dr Christiane Wobus (University of Michigan Medical School, USA, Journal of General Virology Editor)


FeMV is a cathepsin-dependent unique morbillivirus infecting the kidneys of domestic cats

Professor W. Paul Duprex (University of Pittsburgh, USA, Building Communities Committee member, Publishing Panel member, Journal of General Virology Editor-in-Chief)


Offered oral: Superinfection exclusion creates spatially distinct influenza virus populations

Anna Sims (University of Glasgow, UK)

Offered oral: The action of the Epstein-Barr virus oncogene LMP1 in chronic inflammation and tumourigenesis

Shuangye Yan (University of Glasgow, UK)
12:10–12:25 Offered oral: Phenotypic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 chimeras reveals the plasticity of Spike proteins and their role in virus virulence Dr Giuditta De Lorenzo 
(University of Glasgow, UK)
12:25–12:40 Offered oral: The mysterious interactions between viral RNA and nuclear proteins in the cytoplasm Dr Wael Kamel (University of Glasgow, UK)
12:40–13:00 Host cell transcriptional reprogramming by oncogenic HPV Professor Jo Parish (University of Birmingham, UK, Building Communities Committee member, Scientific Conferences Panel member, Virus Division Chair, Journal of General Virology Editor)
13:00–14:00 Lunch and networking  
14:00–16:45 JGV Session 2

Chaired by Dr Leen Delang (KU Leuven, Belgium, Journal of General Virology Editor)

Professor Nicolas Locker (University of Surrey, UK Journal of General Virology Reviews Editor)

14:00–14:30 SARS-CoV-2 at the animal-human interface Dr Sharon Brookes (Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK, Council member, Finance Committee member, Journal of General Virology Editor, Journal of Medical Microbiology Editor)
14:30–14:45 Offered oral: Active and passive surveillance of UK cats for SARS-CoV-2 infection Dr Sarah Jones (University of Glasgow, UK)
14:45–15:00 Offered oral: Determining the dynamic of T cell response in acute and chronic HCV patients

Dr Patawee Asamaphan 
(University of Glasgow, UK)

15:00–15:05 Get involved: engaging with the Society Dr Curtis Asante (Microbiology Society, UK)
15:05–15:35 Innate Immune Defences That Limit Viral Pathogenesis Professor Sam Wilson (University of Glasgow, UK)
15:35–15:50 Offered oral: Attenuation hotspots in neurotropic human astroviruses Dr Hashim Ali (University of Cambridge, UK)
15:50–16:05 Offered oral: Phenotyping Virulence of SARS-CoV-2 variants in Golden Syrian Hamsters Dr Vanessa Herder (University of Glasgow, UK)
16:05–16:35 Adeno-associated virus 2 infection in children with unexplained hepatitis in Scotland Dr Antonia Ho (University of Glasgow, UK)
16:35–16:45 Prizes and close

Professor W. Paul Duprex (University of Pittsburgh, USA, Building Communities Committee member, Publishing Panel member, Journal of General Virology Editor-in-Chief)

Dr Peter Cotgreave (Microbiology Society, UK, Chief Executive)



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Abstract submission for this event has now closed and notifications regarding the success of submissions sent out.

If you have any questions regarding abstract submission, please email [email protected].

Journal of General Virology Outstanding Science Prize

Journal of General Virology is pleased to provide the Outstanding Science Prize to an offered oral presentation at the Microbiology Society Journal of General Virology Roadshow 2022. The winner will receive a cash prize and be featured on the Microbe Post. All offered presentations given at the meeting are automatically entered for the prize.

COVID-19 Mitigations

COVID-19 Mitigations

The Microbiology Society has planned a set of mitigations against COVID-19 at our in-person events. Council members and members of the Virus Division, including Paul Kellam (former Council Member), Gill Elliott (Council member), Stephen Griffin (former Chair of Virus Division), Jo Parish (Chair of Virus Division), Matthew Reeves (Chair Elect of Virus Division) and Elly Gaunt (Virus Division member), have worked with Society staff to develop a framework of mitigations for the Society to apply to all of its events throughout 2022, in order to ensure that these are as COVID-secure as possible.

Implementation of this framework is a shared responsibility; shared between the Society, the venues we use for our events, and all potential attendees. Attendance at any of our events is a personal choice, but it will be incumbent on all of us to deliver these mitigations in order for us to keep our delegates, members, and staff as safe as we can. The framework covers the following five areas.

  1. Vaccines
  2. Ventilation
  3. Masks
  4. Testing
  5. Spacing, particularly during communal activities such as lunch and poster sessions

The following mitigations will be implemented for all those attending Roadshow events. In the run up to the Roadshow, these mitigations have been reviewed by the Society’s Council to ensure they remain appropriate.

Mitigation area



All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine against COVID-19 to attend a Roadshow in 2022. For many individuals, this will mean a primary course and booster vaccine, and with the booster administered at least 14 days before the meeting. However, if you do not meet this requirement or if you have any concerns around your vaccination status, please get in touch with us to discuss it further by emailing [email protected].

You can find further information on vaccines on the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 vaccine advice page, which includes a list of vaccines that have been approved for use against COVID-19.


Best efforts will be made to promote the circulation of fresh air into each Roadshow venue. This will include use of air conditioning, if available at the meeting venue, or opening of doors and windows during appropriate intervals in the event programme if possible.


FFP3 masks will be provided to all individuals attending a Roadshow in 2022 and everyone will be expected to wear them inside the meeting venue, except when eating or drinking and except for those that have medical exemptions.


It is the responsibility of the attendee to secure a LFT device and test themself before their arrival at the event. If you require additional LFT devices, please ask at the registration desk.

If you test positive before the event, please do not come to the venue.


All attendees are reminded of social distancing, particularly during communal activities such as lunch.



Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel
1–9 Grosvenor Terrace
G12 0TA

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Travelling by public transport

To plan your journey you can use the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport website for assistance.

Car parking

Limited parking is available on site for £10 per day. Limited on street parking is also available close to the hotel.