The 9th NATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE ITALIAN SOCIETY OF VIROLOGY (SIV)
has been held in Orvieto (TR) – ITALY on September 7-9, 2009. Most of the oral presentation have been given by young scientists in all fields of virology (basic, medical, veterinary, plant virology). 10 presentations have been awarded with a free registration grant for the next year 4th EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF VIROLOGY to be held in Cernobbio (CO) on April 7-10, 2010.
The Pioneer lecture in Human Virology has been given Monday evening by Robert C. Gallo (Baltimore, USA) on Viruses, epidemics and their control with emphasis on HIV. Bob’s lecture has been an inspiring excursus on the virology field and his own accomplishments in the last 40 years.
A relevant Key Note Lecture has been given by A. Papa (Thessaloniki) on Epidemiology and genetic diversity of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus.
Giovanni Martelli (Bari) held a Pioneer in Plant Virology lecture on Specific cell responses to plant virus infections: an ultrastructural overview, showing the relevance of his group since late ’70s particularly on electron Microscopy studies.
Moreover, G. Gerna (Pavia) had the GB Rossi Lecture on Molecular basis and clinical implications of the human cytomegalovirus tropism for endothelial/epithelial cells, showing the relevance of the proper cell culture system for the optimal expression of all envelope proteins and the production of a more effective HCMV vaccine.
Furthermore, anti-H1N1 strategies (including vaccination schedule, particularly in relationship to the seasonal flu vaccine) have been elaborated by Giorgio Palù and discussed in the assembly.
Finally the participants expressed their interest and support to the coming European Conference.
All pictures are available for dowload at http://picasaweb.google.it/FMBuonaguro/OrvietoSIV2009?feat=directlink
The Conference Abstract Book is available at http://www.siv-virologia.it/files/eventi2009/SIV_2009_abstract.pdf