About this event

  • Date and time Tue 26 May 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medical Genetics

This webinar brings together three world-renowned scientists that have unique insights into the present SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic. They will explain how genetics can reveal the unfolding story of SARS-CoV-2 by uncovering the virus's past, present and future. 

During this session you will:

  • Understand how genetics can help determine the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • Ascertain how genetics can help track the spread of the virus
  • Acknowledge how genetics can inform the development of vaccines

Opportunities for questions will be given after the talks.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

*Please note: Once you have booked you will receive the webinar link on the day of the webinar.

The Royal Society of Medicine needs your support

The RSM is offering this webinar at no charge to delegates, in order to help healthcare professionals to easily access COVID-19 related education material & resources during the pandemic. However, we are asking people to support the RSM in these unprecedented times. Now more than ever, as a charity we need your help to continue our work and mission in advancing healthcare through innovation and education. Please consider making a donation for joining this webinar. Thank you for your generosity.

Join in the conversation online
Follow us on Twitter: @RoySocMed

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Key speakers

Professor Michael Worobey

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.

Prof Kari Stefansson

CEO of deCODE genetics, Iceland

Professor Jonathan Heeney

Head of the Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics, University of Cambridge


View the programme

Welcome and introduction
How genetic sequencing reveals the origin of SARS-CoV-2

Professor Michael Worobey, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizon

How genetics can help bring COVID-19 under control

Professor Kári Stefánsson, Chief Executive Officer of deCODE genetics, Iceland

The role of the SARS-CoV-2 genome in development of vaccines and herd immunity

Professor Jonathan Heeney, Head of the Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics, University of Cambridge

Panel dicussion
Close of meeting



Man searching computer

Join the RSM and get free access to digital learning resources

The RSM has an extensive digital learning and online e-resources platform. As a member you'll enjoy free access to a wealth of online  resources, including 5,000 subscription and open access e-journals, 2,000 e-books and 5 key medical databases, to support your clinical decision-making and research.

Become a member