Clinical Virology Symposium


Annual Meeting Pan American Society for Clinical Virology

April 29 - May 2, 2001

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
400 Mandalay Avenue
Clearwater, Florida
(727) 461-3222

Steven Specter, Ph.D.

Rick Hodinka, Ph.D.
Stephen Young, Ph.D.
Danny Wiedbrauk, Ph.D.

Sponsored by
Tampa, Florida 33612

In cooperation with the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology

Program      Enrollment      Call for Abstracts-Deadline March 10      Housing and Travel      PASCV Home Page

Symposium Objective

     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.

Specific Continuing Education Objectives

1. Participants will gain a greater ability to explain the pathogenesis of viral diseases and the biology of the viruses that cause them.
2. Participants will develop an improved ability to perform and interpret diagnostic virology tests
3. Participants will be better able to explain methods of antiviral therapies and vaccination strategies.

Pan American Society for Clinical Virology

     The Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV) was founded in 1977 as the Pan American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis (PAGRVD). 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 all 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 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 Marie Landry, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.


      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 toward 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.

Enrollment of Participants

     Participants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Since the number of participants will be limited by the amount of available space, early registration is encouraged. Register over the internet. All completed registration forms received by the Office of Continuing Professional Education will be acknowledged. Remittances will be returned to senders after the maximum number of participants has been enrolled. Additional information regarding enrollment and other aspects of this Symposium can be obtained from Steven Specter, Ph.D., by calling (813) 974-0897.

Call for Abstracts
Deadline: March 10, 2001

     Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that describe their original research results. Electronic submission is preferred, and is strongly suggested. 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 the abstract electronically to or send two copies by mail to: Steven Specter, Ph.D., MDC Box 10, University of South Florida College of Medicine, 12901 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.

Housing Accommodations

      The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort 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 Walt 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 $107.00 per night, single or double. Note: Room block is held and room reservations can be guaranteed only until March 26, 2001. 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.

Travel Arrangements/Additional Accommodations

     Travel Connection, Tampa, FL, is the designated travel agency for the 17th 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.
     Airport Limousine: Service is available from Tampa International Airport. Arrival and departure times will be provided to assure timely pickup. Call 800- 282-6817.
     Travel nonstop from the airport to the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort is available from, LIMO, Inc., oneway $19.00, roundtrip $33.00, phone 727, 572- 1111.

Additional Accommodations:

Ramada Inn Standard $99.00 plus tax
Gulfview $119.00 plus tax
Clearwater Beach Hotel Standard $125.00 plus tax
Suite $175.00 plus tax

To obtain these special rates for hotels and Avis car rental, you must contact "Travel Connection" directly at 800-464-6221 or 813-264-6221; or FAX 813- 264-2994, Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm EST; or email at:

NOTE: Room blocks are held only until 30 days prior to the Symposium

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

Advanced Biotechnologies, Inc.
Argene, Inc.
ARUP Laboratories
Bayer Diagnostics
BD Biosciences
Bio-Tech Imaging
BioLab Associates
Bion Enterprises Limited
BioStar, Inc.
Biotrin International, Ltd.
Biowhittaker, Inc.
Blackhawk Biosystems
Boston Biomedica
DAKO Corporation
Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc.
Digene Corporation
Eastern Medical Books
Gen-Probe, Incorporated
Innogenetics, Inc.
Intergen Company
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Meridian Diagnostics, Inc.
Organon Teknika
Prodesse, Inc.
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Tri-Delta Diagnostics, Inc.
Virion (US), Inc.
ViroLogic, Inc.
Visible Genetics, Inc.
Wampole Laboratories