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International Respiratory Syncytial Virus Society (IRSVS)

Established

In 2017, the International Respiratory Syncytial Virus Society (IRSVS) became a special interest group of isirv in order to develop mutual scientific interests and to benefit from the organizational structures and support provided by isirv.

Purpose

The IRSVS has evolved from a series of global symposia that was initiated in 1996. It has organised meetings approximately every other year, and has become a global independent group of approximately 500 RSV professionals with members from all continents working on all research fronts.

The mission of the IRSVS is to promote and support excellence in research, scholarship, clinical practice, and development of interventions to prevent disease caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for the benefit of human and animal health and welfare.

This will be achieved by organizing global IRSVS symposia and by providing authoritative, independent and impartial advice to those sharing our mission and goals (including governmental and non-governmental bodies, funders and industry).

Strategic Objectives

The IRSVS’s goal is to ensure that there is a succession of venues to share scientific information and accelerate the development of strategies to reduce the impact of RSV infection.

Scope

As the field of research into respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has undergone rapid growth, meetings have evolved and enlarged in response to perceived needs and developments. The scope of the signature Symposium is deliberately broad, covering all aspects of basic and applied research into RSV and the diseases it causes. Meetings have generally been held every 2-3 years and attempts have been made to vary the geographical location.

Membership

Membership of IRSVS is open to all members of isirv. Members can join the IRSVS via the members' area of the isirv website.

The ISC (International Steering Committee) will include past/future meeting organizers, Chanock award recipients and others nominated by the committee. It will comprise between 12 and 20 members selected to represent the diversity of the membership.

The ISC elect the Chair, President and Treasurer and will appoint replacement members of the ISC in order to maintain diversity and to cover the full scope of the membership and field.

Awards and honours

The Chanock Award is made at each symposium to a person or persons considered by the ISC to have made the greatest contribution to the RSV field. The award can only be made to an individual once. The nominee or nominees are asked to deliver a keynote presentation at the symposium at which the award is made.

Recent activities

As the field of research into respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has undergone rapid growth, meetings have evolved and enlarged in response to perceived needs and developments. The IRSVS Symposium series has been running for over 20 years. The 10th meeting was held in September 2016.

Planned activities

The IRSVS is holding the 11th International RSV Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina 2018.

Date: to be held on 31 October - 4 November 2018

Venue: Omni Grove Park Inn, Ashville, N Carolina

This is the global conference for RSV researchers in academia and industry, hosting scientists, students, non-profits, regulators, sponsors and industry.