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Message from the ISNV Meetings Committee

The meetings committee has been working together on an exciting agenda that will feature a number of world-renowned experts in timely areas such as COVID-19 and Emerging Pathogens.

The virtual symposium will occur over 3 afternoons and highlight exciting research on COVID in the brain, Nipah and Hendra viruses, HIV Cure/Eradication, HIV/Aging and Topics in Neurovirology, including gene editing of HSV.

As in previous years, the sessions will be comprised of invited plenary speakers and short talks from selected abstracts where cutting-edge research has been identified by the Abstract Review Committee.

As always, in recognition and support of our rising young scientists, we will showcase our junior investigators in a separate session consisting of those who exhibit excellence in scientific research in various topics relative to the program.

As a first, we will host a virtual poster session where real time engagement with presenters will allow us to continue the tradition of this vital activity of sharing knowledge and forming future collaborations. In addition, the posters will remain online for the duration of the symposium so attendees may peruse at their leisure.

This has been a very difficult 14 months not only because of the pandemic but the seemingly daily challenges of injustice against people of color. Inclusiveness is more important than ever and as educators and biomedical scientists, we will continue to fight discrimination. Our Diversity lecture this year will focus on unconscious bias in the workforce and in our research as a reminder to all of us that we can do better.

As we know, one of the most important aspects of the symposium is the networking/socializing. We encourage our attendees to take advantage of the virtual platform features outside of the (virtual) main conference hall and catch up with old friends and make new ones.

This year's meeting may be a little different, but the emphasis remains on an educational experience which can only be had at an ISNV conference. We encourage you all to be ambassadors of ISNV by enhancing the visibility of this exciting educational and research exchange opportunity to your students, trainees, and colleagues. The overall strength of the Society rests with an active membership across the United States and with our international colleagues located in countries around the world.

Lynn Pulliam, Ph.D. - Co-chair
Brian Wigdahl, Ph.D. - Co-chair
Lena Al-Harthi, Ph.D.
Bruce Brew, AM, MBBS, DMedSci, DSci, FRACP, FAAN
Michael Nonnemacher, Ph.D.
Chris Power, M.D., FRCPC
Valerie Wojna, M.D.