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isirv Board members 

Dr Lance Jennings has been appointed as the isirv Chair, taking over from Dr John Watson who stood down at the isirv AGM.  In addition, a number of new Board members were appointed during the AGM.  Full details of isirv Board members can be found here.

Dr Jonathan Van Tam has been appointed to the post of Editor-in-Chief of the isirv Journal, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses.  Dr Van Tam will succeed Dr Alan Hampson when he retires at the end of 2013.   

 klimov  Alexander (Sasha) Klimov
Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Klimov passed away on 5th February 2013 at his home in Atlanta (USA) after battling cancer for 5 months.  Sasha had worked for the US CDC since 1991, where he served as chief of the Virus Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch in the Influenza Division and deputy director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza.  He was internationally recognized for his expertise in influenza virus molecular genetics, evolution, development of live influenza vaccines, and the impact of infections with seasonal and avian influenza viruses on public health. Dr. Klimov will be greatly missed by the influenza community, and by the isirv Antiviral Group, of which he was a committee member. 
 who logo  Battle Against Respiratory Viruses (BRaVE) Initiative

A group of clinicians, scientists, and public health experts met in Geneva on 6 and 7 November 2012 to identify crucial needs in the battle against the morbidity and mortality caused by respiratory infections. Further information is available:
BRaVE background document
BRaVE call to action
Presentation by Dr Sylvie Briand, WHO, to Heads of International Research Organisations

siena Resources from Siena Summer School now available
Presentations from the isirv Siena Summer School 2012 are now available to download.
Photographs from the Summer School are also available. 
irv if 2011 banner advert Wiley Announcement
Effective with the 2013 Volume, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses will be published in an Online Only format.  No printed issue will be produced but authors will still be able to order offprints of their own articles. Further information is available here
Lars R Haaheim (1945-2011)
On Tuesday 28 June 2011, Lars Haaheim tragically died whilst on a fishing trip in a fjord near his summer home in Sveio, Norway. Lars was an internationally-renowned influenza scientist and a founder member of the International Society for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses (isirv).
isirv and NISN join together
After discussions over the past year or so, 10th March 2011 saw completion of a formal agreement to bring together the Neuraminidase Inhibitor Susceptibility Network (NISN)and the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (isirv). NISN becomes the first Special Interest Group of isirv and will henceforth be known as the isirv Antiviral Group.