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  • 7/23/2019 VRS Advert


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    Time, Date, Venue:- 10.15am-12.15pm; Monday 21stOctober; Hawthorn TD121

    You will definitely know that viruses cause well-recognised diseases of humans (e.g.

    AIDS, influenza), other animals (e.g. rabies) and plants. But recent studies have found

    viruses to have more pervasive roles on earth and their niches and profusion are


    This mini-symposium will introduce you to the marine environment where viruses

    are by far the most abundant lifeforms and the reservoir of most of the genetic

    diversity in the sea. Our first speaker, Curtis Suttle, estimated that if the 1030viruses

    in the ocean were stretched end-to-end, they would extend further than the nearest 60

    galaxies. Probing the marine virosphere is yielding exciting discoveries. Watch this

    short movie to catch up on some of Curtis comments


    Madeleine van Oppen(a Swinburne Visiting Researcher Scheme awardee) studies

    iconic marine animals corals, which are host to a vast and diverse assemblage of

    viruses. These have been hypothesised to cause disease and potentially coralbleaching; this as well as their likely beneficial or mutualistic role in the so-called

    coral symbiome, is being explored in Madeleines ARC Future Fellowship research

    program. She will describe all the elements of the coral symbiome, their roles andinteractions and give information on the latest results about coral associated viruses.

    Our third speaker, Glenn Marshwill discuss unfolding Australian discoveries around

    bats, their virome and virus transmission. Bats, an ancient group of flying mammals,

    are being increasingly recognized as an important reservoir of zoonotic viruses of

    different families, including SARS coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus and Ebola

    virus. The premise that bats carry a large number of viruses is commonly accepted,

    and viruses of livestock and humans could be derived from bat viruses. Do bats haveunique biological features making them ideal reservoir hosts? There are clear public

    health implications of bat derived zoonotic viral disease outbreaks and well-defined

    research directions are required to ensure better control of future disease events.

  • 7/23/2019 VRS Advert


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    Program (tea/coffee from 10.15-10.30 foyer adjacent to TD121)

    Speaker Title Time

    Associate Professor Karen

    Farquharson, ADR Faculty of

    Life & Social Sciences

    Introduction 10.30-10.35

    Professor Curtis Suttle,

    University of British Colombia,

    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Marine viruses major

    players in the global



    Dr Madeleine van Oppen,

    Australian Institute of Marine

    Science, Townsville, Queensland

    Swinburne Visiting Researcher


    The coral holobiont and

    the potential role of

    viruses in coral ecology

    and evolution


    Dr Glenn Marsh

    CSIRO Animal, Food and Health


    Australian Animal Health

    Laboratory, Geelong, VIC

    Bats and their virome:

    an important source of

    emerging viruses

    capable of infecting



    Professor Linda Blackall Panel Discussion 12.00-12.15

    Background information on speakers:-Curtis Suttle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi4B98u4hJ4;


    Madeleine van Oppen



    See the coral symbiome that Madeleine studies (movie from her collaborator Ruth

    Gates) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al7SIGBVgWo

    Glenn Marsh - http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Marsh/and


    Where Glenn works with Linfa Wang -