Description of event:
April 28—May 3, 2013
Boston Park Plaza & Towers, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Originally initiated as a 1986 Keystone Symposia meeting, and later continued by Dr. Margo Brinton as primary organizer, for more than 25 years the triennial International Symposium on Positive Strand RNA Viruses
has provided an international forum for recent research on human, animal
, plant, insect, and bacterial viruses
with positive-strand RNA genomes
. These pathogens constitute the largest group of viral
agents, including for example, Poliovirus, Dengue and West-Nile virus
, SARS-coronavirus, Chikungunya virus
, and human hepatitis viruses
, such as HAV and HCV. The diseases these viruses
cause are of major medical, veterinary, agricultural, and economic importance. In this meeting, now back under the roof of Keystone Symposia, basic research
, the foundation of the fight against viral
diseases, will be amalgamated with sessions focusing on immunological or pharmacological control of disease
and new technological advances. This will create an outstanding forum for dissemination of the latest research advances among leading virologists worldwide, also creating possibilities for exciting and productive collaborations between academic and corporate scientists. Plenary sessions will be organized around themes highlighting the similarities between diverse virus
systems and aim to increase discourse and interactions
among researchers working on a wide variety of viruses
. The different backgrounds of participants will require speakers to start with an overview of their research area before presenting their own recent data
. The meeting’s traditional informal and stimulating environment will be an excellent experience for young investigators. This symposium is renowned for its large and highly interactive poster sessions, a prominent feature allowing all participants to present their work and receive feedback.
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is located in the heart
of Boston's historic Back Bay and is just steps from some of the city's most popular Boston attractions. The hotel is located only 3 miles from Logan International Airport and only 200 yards from the nation's first public parks, Boston Common & the Public Garden. A popular winter "hot spot" in Boston is nearby Frog Pond located in the Boston Common. During the warmer months, join up with the many joggers and spectators who fill the paths alongside Boston's Charles River. For the historian in you, the Freedom Trail will lead you through Boston's historical sites, stopping at Paul Revere's House, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House and many more. The Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science
are also all nearby. Duck Tours can be arranged through the hotel and some of New England's most scenic beaches are only a short drive away.
Due to the constantly changing nature of travel, we urge people to research their own travel requirements, including Passport and Visa requirements, documentation for re-entry into country of residence, and any other identification needed, and allow sufficient time in advance of the meeting for processing of such documentation.
Be sure to confirm air and hotel arrangements at least 24 hours in advance of departure. As a reminder, never leave your wallet and passport unattended while traveling, and have xerox copies of all identification and credit cards in case of theft of originals.
Boston Park Plaza & Towers
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3912
160 U.S. Highway 6, Suite 200
PO Box 1630
Silverthorne, CO 80498