On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to announce that the 66th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Virology will be held at Kyoto Terrsa conference center from October 28th, 2018 (Sun) to October 30th, 2018 (Tue). To provide active support for motivated people with higher education to understand scientific knowledge and promote providence potential, “Virus Research Insight and Serendipity” was chosen as the theme of this annual meeting. We believe that this annual meeting could provide an opportunity for domestic and foreign researchers in virology to gather in one place and discuss their recent data of basic and applied investigation on various viruses. We sincerely hope that all of you will participate.
Although smallpox and rinderpest have provided strong impacts on history, introduction of the successful vaccines have resulted in eradication of these causative agents. However, it is thoughtless to accept the concept that contemporary humans have succeeded in overwhelming most infectious diseases. In fact, there were unexpected appearance and emergence of HTLV in 1981, HIV in 1983, SRAS-corona virus in 2003, H1N1 flu virus in 2009, and Ebola virus in 2014. Many people were afraid of outbreaks of emerging and reemerging viruses. Since further emergence of viruses has been expected, it is extremely important to make provision against prevalence of infectious diseases. The process toward increasing globalization has brought varied issues and drastic growing of scientific knowledge to modern society. Thus, it becomes clear to know that many accidental factors are involved in occasion of viral infectious diseases. In this annual meeting, we have a plan of organization with researches and administrative staffs to learn the detail of viral infection and its diseases. We will open several international symposiums by invited speakers, including through hosting jointly with the research program "Neovirology" supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. We are convinced to make efforts for contribution to human society. We appreciate your interest in supporting our activities.
- Yoshio Koyanagi, MD, PhD
Chairperson, The 66th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Virology
(Director, Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University)