It is with great sadness that we inform you that our dear friend and colleague Mark Prichard, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, passed away on June 13th. Mark died peacefully at home surrounded by his entire family. The officers and the board of directors of ISAR offers the sincerest condolences to Mark’s wife, children and family.
Mark has for a long time been a driving force of ISAR. He was honored, just one month ago, for his many contributions, with the ISAR Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Society. Mark received in 2009 the William Prusoff Young Investigator Award of ISAR as a recognition of his important work on identifying new antivirals, understanding their mechanism of action and how drug resistance develops. His laboratory was also involved in evaluating samples from pediatric clinical trials. Since 2010 Mark was editor for DNA virus manuscripts for Antiviral Research. From 2007 to 2012 Mark served as the chairman of the ISAR Poster Award Committee; in 2009 he was elected for the Board of Directors of ISAR. From 2014 - 2017 he served as chairman of ISAR’s program committee and from 2017 onwards as co-chair of this committee.
Most of all, Mark’s continuing smile through both good and trying times will be remembered by all of us and never forgotten.
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.