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The International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) is an internationally recognized organization for scientists involved in basic, applied, and clinical aspects of antiviral research. The Society main event is the annual International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR), a truly interdisciplinary meeting which attracts the interest of chemists, biologists, and clinicians.


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Important ICAR Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline January 31, 2016

Abstract Acceptance Notifications Sent *February 26, 2016

*If you denote in your abstract application you need a travel grant or a visa your abstract acceptance notification will be sent on February 5th

Travel Grant Application Deadline January 15, 2016

Travel Grant Notifications Sent February 12, 2016

Advance Rate Registration Deadline March 18, 2016

Registration Cancellation Deadline March 18, 2016

Conference Dates April 17 – 21, 2016


The 29th International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR), hosted by the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR), will take place at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel in La Jolla, CA. The conference will begin on Sunday, April 17, 2016, and will conclude on Thursday, April 21, 2016.



True to the ISAR brand attendees will be provided with a multidisciplinary program of interest to biologists, chemists and clinicians with an interest in antiviral therapeutic and prevention agent research and development. The meeting in La Jolla, Ca will include the many components that ISAR members have come to appreciate, including the annual Keynote Address, educational Drug Discovery and Development 101, stimulating plenary sessions, excellent Award lectures, and mini-symposia on hot topics in antiviral research. At ICAR, scientists working throughout the world 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. Most importantly, ICAR will provide a variety of networking opportunities to allow members to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and establish new scientific relationships with leaders in the antiviral field. The ICAR is specifically designed to reinforce the special family-like feel that exists among ISAR members.

Specific topics to be covered in the ICAR 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, and oral and poster presentations. Abstract submissions will become available in the fall and will be accepted until mid-January 2016.

The prestigious"Elion”, "Prusoff”, and "Holy” Awardsfrom ISAR will be given to individuals in recognition of their major contributions in the field. In recognition of ISAR’s focus on developing young scientists and leaders, poster awards will be presented to selected graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young investigators and ISAR has expanded its travel grant support program to encourage more students and young researchers to attend the meeting.

The San Diego area of La Jolla is an ideal location for ICAR. It has numerous local attractions, with the coastline being one of the most popular attractions. Further, this region has a long tradition of scientific innovation, making it the ideal location for ICAR.

We look forward to seeing you in La Jolla!

Dr. Robert Buckheit

President of ISAR


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