Dear Friends and Colleagues:
The 27thInternational Conference on Antiviral Research will be held at Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh,North Carolina, USA. The conference will begin on Monday,May 12, 2014 with an Interactive Workshop titled Drug Discovery and Development 101, the opening ICAR keynote address by David Margolis and Myron Cohen. Furthermore, this year ISAR is also very happy to host at this meeting the final network conference of the EUVIRNA consortium, a European Training Network on (+)RNA Virus Replication and Antiviral Drug Development. The closing banquet will be on Thursday, May 15, 2014 and the conference’s exciting program will conclude on Friday, May 16, 2014.
ICAR provides an interdisciplinary forum of interest to chemists, biologists, and clinicians involved in antiviral research. At ICAR, scientists worldwide working in the areas of basic, applied, and clinical research meet in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere to review recent developments in all areas of antiviral drug discovery and development. Specific topics to be covered in the scientific program include: medicinal chemistry, virus replication, host cell-virus interactions, virus latency, new target identification, biochemistry and mechanism of action, mechanisms of viral drug resistance, assay development, in vitro evaluation, animal models, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, and clinical trials. Within these areas of interest, there will be keynote, plenary, single topic mini-symposia, a clinical symposium, and oral and poster presentations. As we have done at previous ICARS, the prestigious ‘Elion’ and ‘Prusoff’ Awards from ISAR will be given to individuals in recognition of their major contributions in the field. This year the Holy Award will be presented to a senior basic scientist of international stature who has made major contributions to the field of medicinal chemistry and who has made significant contributions that directly or tangentially advanced antiviral drug discovery. In addition to the poster awards, to graduate students and junior researchers, ICAR has expanded its travel grant support program to encourage more students and junior researchers to attend.
The first thing many visitors say about Raleigh is, "It’s so green here.” Well, that phrase takes on a whole new meaning with the area’s renewed commitment to sustainability. From the Raleigh Convention Center, one of only two Silver LEED Certified centers in the country, to the world-class universities and companies here seeking environmentally-friendly breakthroughs. Raleigh has it all and makes it an ideal location for the 27th ICAR.
We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh!