International Symposium: “The genome of SARS-CoV-2, its evolution and epidemiology in Latin America”

Symposium online

COVID-19 is a life-threatening disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has become a major global public health problem. To date, more than 25 million people around the world have been infected, causing more than 800 thousand deaths, almost a third of which corresponds to Latin American countries.

The genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 of patients allows tracking the epidemiology and evolution of the virus to inform management options and policies and different countries are making efforts towards this under their own conditions on a national level. Given that there are opportunities to learn from experiences in different countries that may lead to new possibilities for collaboration to accelerate research in this field, we are organizing an international symposium focused on SARS-CoV2 sequencing and bioinformatics analysis that may result in a better understanding of epidemiology and make recommendations for managing the pandemic at the national and regional levels.

This initiative is of part of the CABANA project that seeks to increase capacities and promote collaboration in bio-informatics in Latin America to face the challenges of food, human health and biodiversity conservation.

The event will be broadcast with simultaneous translation.


01, 02 October
09:00 am
Time zone: Lima, Peru


Viviana Infantas

  • To share experiences in coordinating research and results of SARS-CoV2 sequencing projects for the management of the pandemic in Latin America. Progress achieved, approaches taken and challenges encountered in different countries will be presented for different countries and will culminate in an open discussion with panelists to stimulate interaction and follow-up topics, all with the aim of increasing bio-informatics capacity and collaboration in Latin America. The symposium will be bilingual in English/Spanish with simultaneous translation over zoom.