IRIDS Virtual Science Talks

Welcome to the IRIDS Virtual Science Talks


The spirit of IRIDS

IRIDS (International Roche Infectious Diseases Symposium) comprises a series of scientific and educational events taking place since 2009, addressing some of the most significant, up-to-date topics in the field of infectious disease (ID) management and diagnosis. IRIDS is the perfect forum for laboratory experts and clinical specialists from around the world, to exchange insights and expertise in the infectious diseases field.  


The IRIDS Virtual Science Talks

In 2022, and across 2023, several webinars will take place to engage, inform, and inspire healthcare professionals all over the world. Scientists and industry leaders will share their thoughts and experiences within the field of infectious diseases, on a platform built to facilitate and enhance conversations and sometimes also debates.


Three reasons to attend

Stay up to date on the global trends and most significant development on infectious diseases.

Discover more about trends and current innovations around SARS-CoV-2, viral hepatitis, sexual transmitted diseases, and congenital infection, just to mention a few.

Connect with lab experts, clinicians, industry leaders from other countries.

Attendance to the IRIDS Virtual is free of charge. No CME points will be provided, but it will be possible to get a Certificate of Attendance.


Unveiling the potential of T cell response monitoring in the changing landscape of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Nina Germič, PhD
Assoc. Global Medical Affairs Manager Infection & Immunity
RDS Clinical Development and Medical Affairs (CDMA)
Roche Diagnostics International Ltd.

Qian Feng, PhD
Clinical Development Leader Infection & Immunity
RDS Clinical Development and Medical Affairs (CDMA)
Roche Diagnostics International Ltd.

1st of December 2022

13:00 - 14:00 CET

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It's been more than two years since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.1 Despite the end of the COVID-19 pandemic being in sight, the virus is still “intensely circulating” around the world. Recommendations regarding vaccination of most at-risk groups, continued testing and sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and integrating effective treatment for COVID-19 into primary healthcare systems remain of primary importance.2

As the world moves toward endemicity, challenges will continue to arise, as will new solutions, like the possibility of monitoring the T cell response.

In this webinar you will learn more about the potential role T cell responses may play in the changing landscape of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We will discuss their contribution to vaccine protection against severe COVID-19 disease, particularly in immunocompromised individuals and against viral variants that partially escape from recognition by neutralizing antibodies (NAbs). Information about methods available to measure it, and use cases will be discussed, based on most up-to-date scientific knowledge.

Meet the speakers

Qian Feng

Qian Feng, Ph.D

Qian Feng, Ph.D, is a virologist and immunologist with a broad experience as a Research Scientist in the fields of molecular virology, cell biology and immunometabolism. Qian has studied Biomedical Research at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands. She trained on poliovirus replication at NIAID, NIH in Bethesda and on hepatitis C virus host-tissue tropism at the Rockefeller University in New York, before obtaining her PhD degree on immune activation and evasion by picornaviruses at the University Utrecht. Before joining Roche, Qian worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the ETH Zurich, where she focused on mitochondrial biology, cellular metabolism, and their regulatory role in T cell differentiation and function. She is now Clinical Scientist Infectious Diseases in the Medical and Scientific Affairs team of Roche Diagnostics International.

Nina Germic

Nina Germič, PhD

Nina Germič, PhD, is an Assoc. Global Medical Affairs Manager in the Infectious Diseases team. She joined Roche Diagnostics International in 2021 as an Intern in Medical Affairs Critical Care. Nina obtained her PhD degree in immunology and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Pharmacology, University of Bern, where she investigated the cellular functions of eosinophils, the autophagy process, and its implications for cancer and bacterial infections. As a visiting scientist, she was researching the innate immune response after influenza vaccination at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona. She holds a Master of Pharmacy from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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  1. World Health Organization. WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19-11 March 2020. [Internet; 2020 March; cited 2022 October 13]. Available from:
  2. United Nations News. The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight: WHO.  [Internet; 2022 September; cited 2022 October 13]. Available from: