7th International GVN Meeting in Beijing

Franco Buonaguro tells us about the international GVN meeting in this guest blog, including thoughts from Professor Yi Zeng, GVN China Center of Excellence Director.

The 7th International Global Virus Network (GVN) Meeting was held in Beijing from May 16 to May 19 at the Grand Gongda Jianguo Hotel owned by the Beijing University of Technology (BUT).

The meeting was attended by several international experts and members of the GVN Excellence Centers. They shared information on varying viral threats, including those causing hemorrhagic fevers, hepatitis, HIV, measles, influenza, dengue and chikungunya, to name just a few.

GVN members also reviewed strategies at the center of the organization including the creation of specialized task forces and the launch of training programs to address growing viral threats.

Prof Yi Zeng

The meeting, well attended by chinese students, has been organized by Prof Yi Zeng, Dean of BUT, member of the Chinese Academy of Science, chief expert of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and Director of the GVN China.

“Professor Yi Zeng and his colleagues hosted an impressive, scientific meeting,” said Dr. Robert Gallo, Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the GVN. “The meeting provided an opportunity for leading experts to share cutting-edge research and stimulate difficult questions in an effort to solve some of the field’s top basic science and clinical challenges.”

“It is fitting for Beijing University of Technology to host many of the world’s top medical virologists as the University celebrates 55 years of success,” said Professor Yi Zeng, “we are pleased to have served as the catalyst for important scientific discussions and the inspiration for new international collaborations.”


Franco Buonaguro

Dr Buonaguro is the Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Agents and Cancer. He is currently the Director of Molecular Biology and Viral Oncology Unit, in the Department of Experimental Oncology at the Natl Cancer Institute “Fondazione Pascale”, Naples - Italy.

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