Clinical Virology Symposium

May 9-12,1999

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Contents of this announcement.
  1. Symposium Objective
  2. Specific Continuing Education Objectives
  3. Call for Abstracts; Deadline: March 15, 1999
  4. Enrollment of Participants and Registration.
  6. PASCV
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Accreditation
  9. Housing Accommodations
  10. Travel Arrangements


This international symposium will provide a forum for the meaningful exchange of ideas dealing with viral infections, led by biomedical scientists engaged in research and primary care physicians involved with patient care. The relationship between rapid viral diagnosis, clinical course of viral infections and preventive and therapeutic modalities for virus infections is the theme of this three-and-one-half day meeting. Discussion of timely topics by renowned scientists assures that this symposium will be informative and interesting. Furthermore, newly-acquired information about Clinically-relevant viral infections will be useful to practicing physicians who can apply this knowledge in a clinical setting. The symposium is intended for physicians with an interest in virology, virology technicians, technologists, laboratory supervisors, laboratory directors and other health care professionals with an interest in the latest developments in clinical and diagnostic virology.



1. Participants should gain a greater ability to explain the pathogenesis of viral diseases and the biology of the viruses that cause them.

2. Participants should develop an improved ability to perform and interpret diagnostic virology tests.

3. Participants should be better able to explain methods of antiviral therapies and vaccination strategies.



Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that describe their original research results. The abstract should begin 1" from the top of the page and must fit into a 6 1/2"x 9" area and should be in 12 pt. font. Title should be in all capitals. Underline the name of the person who will present the paper. Participants who submit abstracts are expected to present their work in the scheduled poster session. Abstracts will be published in the symposium program. Send two copies of the abstract to Steven Specter, Ph.D., electronically at edu or by mail to: MDC Box 10, University of South Florida College of Medicine, 12901 N. Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612. Students, fellows and technologists are eligible for travel award competition sponsored by PASCV. Papers submitted for this competition must be accompanied by a letter from a supervisor indicating the basis for eligibility.


Participants will be enrolled on first-come, fast-serve basis. Since the number of participants will be limited by the amount of available space, early registration is encouraged. AU completed registration forms received by the Office of Continuing Medical Education will be acknowledged. Remittances will be returned to their senders after the maximum number of participants have been enrolled. Additional information regarding enrollment and other aspects of this Symposium can be obtained from Steven Specter, Ph.D. by calling (813) 9740897,

You may register via the internet or by mail. New for 1999, you may make your payment by a secure server on the internet or by mail. For more information on fees, or to register, view the internet registration form..

Clinical Virology Symposium

May 9-12,1999

Sunday, May 9, 1999

10:00 am. -1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussions (3 contact hours - Advanced Level)

How to Select a Reference Lab

Convener; Joseph Warner, Ph.D., Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK

Chair; Danny Wiedbrauk, Ph.D., William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Angela Caliendo, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Karen Carroll, M.D., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Wayne Hogrefe, Ph.D., MRL Pharmaceuticals, Cypress, CA

Improving Specimen Quality

Convener; James Mahony, Ph.D. St Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA

Chair, Ella Swierkosz, Ph.D., St. Louis University, St Louis,M 0

Judy Daly, Ph.D., Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Sheryl Johnston, M.S., St. Vincent's Hospital, Green Bay, WI

William Meyer, Ph.D., Quest Diagnostics, Baltimore, MD

7:00 p.m. PASCV Business
8.00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Scientific Poster Session (2 contact hours - Advanced Level)

Registration (continued) and Dessert Reception

Monday, May 10

7:30 am. Continental Breakfast &Exhibits

Registration (continued)

8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Session I - Clinical Aspects of Viral Diseases (3.5 contact hours - Advanced Level)

Chairs: W. Lawrence Drew, M.D., Mt Zion Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

John L. Sever, M.D., Ph.D., Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

TTV- A Virus Searching for Disease
Professor Yvonne Cossan, University of Sydney NSW, AUSTRALIA

Nutrition and Viral Disease
Melinda Beck, M.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC

Break (30 minutes) - Exhibits

Adenovirus Disease in the Immunocompromised Host
Christine Robinson, Ph.D., Denver Children's Hospital, Denver, CO

Is Viral Disease Influenced By El Nino? The Hanta Virus Model
Stephen A. Young, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Optional Exhibitor Demonstrations

5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Scientific Poster Session II (2 contact hours - Advanced Level)

Exhibits (Wine and Cheese Served)

7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 11

7:30 am. Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Session II-Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Infections (3.5 contact hours - Advanced Level)

Chairs: Max Chernesky, Ph.D., St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA

Thomas Smith Ph.D., Mayo clinic and Foundation Rochester, MN

Testing for Proficiency and Competence in the Viral Diagnostic Laboratory
Ann Warford Dr. PH., Stanford University Hospital Stanford, CA

Positioning Your Laboratory to Adapt to Modern Health Care
Jan Steiner, M.D., Chi Laboratory systems, Ann Arbor, MI

Break (30 Minutes) - Exhibits / Refreshments

Clinical Utility of Laboratory Methods for Detection of CNS Viral Infections
Gregory Storch, Ph.D., St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Automation of Diagnostic Virology
Curt A. Gleaves MS (AAM), Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Philip Hanff Memorial Clinical Case Presentations and Discussion (2 contact hours -Advanced Level)

Chair: Richard Hodinka, Ph.D., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia. PA

Marie L. Landry, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven and VA. Hospital, West Haven, CT

C. George Ray, M.D., St. Louis University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Scientific Poster Session II (2 contact hours -Advanced Level)

Exhibits (Wine and Cheese Served)

Wednesday, May 12

7:30 am. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session III- Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Infections (3.5 contact hours - Advanced Level)

Chairs: G.D. 'Edith" Hsiung, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT
Marta Zapata, Ph.D., National University of Cordoba, Cordoba, ARGENTINA

Antivirals for Enterovirus Infections
Johanna Griffin, Ph.D. or alternate, Viropharma Inc., Exton, PA

Anti-neurarnnidase Treatment for Influenza
Fred Hayden, M.D., University of Via Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA

Break (20 minutes) - Refreshments

Antivirals for the Treatment of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
Christopher O'Brien, M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Nucleic Acid Based Anti-viral Approaches to HCV Infection
Jack R. Wands, M.D., MGH Cancer Center, Charlestown, MA


The Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV) was founded in 1977 as the Pan American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis (PAG-RVD). It was founded to help raise the standards of diagnostic virology in the Americas as the European Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis has done elsewhere. The name was changed in 1995 to reflect the expanding role of the society in all areas of clinical virology, including diagnostics, manifestations of viral diseases and viral pathogenesis, prevention of and therapy for viral diseases and the improved understanding of an of these. The PASCV is run by an elected council and sponsors symposia, workshops and annual awards in clinical virology. The Society also provides several $600 travel grants to the Annual Clinical Virology Symposium for students, postdoctoral fellows or technologists who submit abstracts to the meeting. There is also one $1000 award established in memory of Dr. Mario Escobar for the outstanding abstract among fellows, students or technologists. Virologists from all of the Americas and the Caribbean are members of the society. The current president of the organization is Joseph L. Waner, Ph.D., Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK.


The USF College of Medicine gratefully acknowledges educational grants provided by:

ARUP Laboratories
Boston Biomedica, Inc.
Becton Dickinson Company
Biomerieux Vitek Inc.
Bion Enterprises Limited
Biowhittaker, Inc.
Chemicon International, Inc.
Chiron Corporation
Cleveland Clinic Reference Laboratory
Dako Corporation
Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc.
Digene Diagnostics, Inc.
DSI Laboratories
Gen-Probe, Inc.
Gentra Systems, Inc.
Granbio, Inc.
Gull Laboratories, Inc.
Inova Diagnostics, Inc.
Meridian Diagnostics, Inc.
MRL Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory
Microtest, Inc.
Organon Teknika
Prodesse, Inc.
Quiagen. Inc.
Third Wave Technologies, Inc.
Tri-Delta Diagnostics, Inc.
Viral Antigens, Inc.
Virion, Inc.
Viromed Laboratories, Inc.
Wampole Laboratories, Inc.
W.B. Saunders Publishers Medical Books
Zymetx, Inc.


The University of South Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of South Florida College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20 hours in category I credits towards the AMA Physicians Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Provider is an approved Provider in the ASCLS P.A.C.E. Program.


The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort (formerly the Doubletree): 400 Mandelay Ave., is on the Gulf of Mexico at Clearwater Beach (just 25 minutes from the Tampa International Airport). The hotel features a lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, gulf beach and recreational opportunities. It is in reasonable driving distance to Wait Disney World, Sea World, and Sarasota (The Ringling Art Museum, Circus Museum and the exquisite shops of St Armand's Key). Tampa is only 50 minutes away and features the Dark Continent at Busch Gardens, historic Ybor City and several outstanding restaurants. Hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort for $100.00 per night, single or double. Note: Room block is held and room reservations can be guaranteed only until April 9,1999. Reservations may be made directly by calling (727) 461-3222. For special room rates you must indicate that you will be attending the- Virology Symposium.

Additional hotel moms are available, single and double at the following hotels:

Holiday Inn Sunspree: Beachview Lanai $119.00 plus tax

Gulfview Tower $134.00 plus tax

Ramada Inn: Gulfview $99.00 plus tax

Efficiencies $129.00 plus tax

Travelodge: Room $59.00 plus tax

Efficiencies $82.00 plus tax

To obtain these special rates you must call "Travel Connection" at 800-464-4221 or 8l3-264-6221/FAX 813-264-2994, Monday-Friday 9:00 am 5:30 p.m. EST. Note: Room blocks are only held until March 24,1999.


Travel Connection, Tampa, FL is the designated travel agency for the 15th Annual Clinical Virology Symposium.

Air Travel, Car Rentals, Special Travel Packages: Travel Connection has made agreements for discounted air fares and auto rentals using Avis group *J095857. Call "Travel Connection"' at 800-464-6221 or 813-264-6221/FAX 813-264-2994 Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:30 p.m. EST.

Airport Limousine: Limousine service is available from Tampa International Airport Arrival and departure times will be provided to assure timely pick up. Call 800-282-6817.