We invite you to join us for the Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses, 30 May – 1 June 2015, in Gainesville, Florida, USA. Ranaviruses (Family Iridoviridae) are a group of viruses that can cause disease in ectothermic vertebrate species (i.e., amphibians, reptiles and fish). Ranaviruses have caused die-offs of amphibians and fish around the world, including species of conservation concern, and have recently been linked to population declines of several amphibian species. While research on reptiles has been slower to accumulate, recent evidence suggests that ranaviruses are capable of causing morbidity and mortality in free-ranging populations. The accumulating evidence of their impacts on wild and cultured populations has sparked a diversity of research programs in all areas of Ranavirus biology.
The Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses, organized by the Global Ranavirus Consortium (ranavirus.org), will bring together professionals and students from around the globe to discuss all aspects of ranavirus biology, including:
Ecology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics
Molecular Identification and Characterization
Immunology and Pathology
Mechanisms of Emergence and Conservation
In addition to oral presentations by experts and students, there will be a keynote address by Dr. Richard Whittington (University of Sydney), a poster session and social event, and several breakout discussions. There will also be a day devoted to workshops that cover important topics, such as the design and analysis of ranavirus studies, aseptic sample collection for ranavirus testing, and cutting-edge techniques for molecular diagnostics.
The Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses will be followed by the Fifth Florida Marine Mammal Conference.
We encourage all individuals with an interest in wildlife diseases to attend. Abstract submissions are due 11 January 2015. More information and instructions for abstract submission can be found on the conference website: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aeh/ranavirus/
We hope to see you in Gainesville!
Amanda L. J. Duffus Thomas B. Waltzek Matthew J. Gray Jesse L. Brunner