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The School is aimed at graduate students and young scientists who are starting, or in the early stages of, a career in influenza (or other respiratory viruses) public health, surveillance, research or product development. The original concept for the ISIRV School was to provide a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology, molecular biology, immunology and pathogenesis of influenza viruses, as well as many aspects of control and prevention strategies for influenza. We now plan to extend the scope of the School to include other respiratory viruses including MERS CoV.


The scientific programme will span 5 days with at least 30 hours of lessons, presentations and discussion sessions. The curriculum provides a comprehensive grounding in many aspects of influenza and other respiratory viruses ranging from theoretical concepts to basic techniques used in research and surveillance plus a special focus on MERS-CoV. The course is designed for a minimum of 30 students and around 60 students are expected.      


School of Respiratory Viruses

7-11 May 2018

Faculty of Medicine

American University of Beirut

An intensive education programme aimed at young scientists that provides a comprehensive grounding in influenza virus and MERS-CoV with a unique opportunity to interact with world-renowned experts in their field.

Continuing Medical Education

An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of the School of Respiratory Viruses.


The first School of Influenza took place in 2011 in Siena, Italy. Following its success, two further Schools have been held there in 2012 and 2016. To date 135 students have been educated. ISIRV now plans to extend this educational programme to different parts of the world where there is a demand and, as a first step, this exciting new initiative brings the School to the Middle East. Our vision is that the School of Respiratory Viruses will become the ISIRV ‘flagship’ for training and outreach to the next generation of respiratory virus specialists.