About the meeting...
In the last two decades a consortium of researchers in the United States have organized five (5) symposia held at three-year intervals which presented cutting edge basic research and the application of that research to practical control practices for bovine viral diarrhea virus. Similarly the European Society of Veterinary Virology has held a series of eight (8) symposia, focusing on characterizing and control pestivirus infections, including BVDV infections. This is the first time that the two groups have joined together to organize a joint symposium. The impetus for this joint effort was the recognition that regional approaches to disease control are at odds with the worldwide traffic in animal products and biologics. Further, the control of newly recognized pestiviruses, such as HoBi-like viruses, is more effective when approached as a global challenge rather than any one nation’s problem.
This joint meeting, to be held will feature talks by researchers from North America, South America, Australia and Europe. It will be divided into three sessions focusing on the latest research in the following areas:
- Pestiviruses and the Immune System
- Genetic Variability and Evolution of the Known Pestiviruses
- "Old" Pestiviruses in New Hosts and the Emergence of New Pestiviruses