Welcome Message

Yasuko Mori, M.D., Ph.D.

I am delighted to announce that the 68th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Virology will be held at Kobe International Conference Center from October 26th, 2020 (Mon) to October 28th, 2020 (Wed).

The first example of disease attributed to a virus dates back to B.C. While it is true that viruses can be threatening to their hosts, as viruses have coevolved with their hosts, they have also helped to shape host evolution. Thus, elucidating strategies for virus survival may also lead to illumination and understanding of host processes. For this reason, “Illuminating the Depths of Virology-” was chosen as the theme of this annual meeting.

Unknown life-threatening viruses can emerge suddenly. However, even if existing viruses were eradicated, newer, as-yet-unknown viruses would continue to appear. We recognize that infectious disease will not disappear and that virology will always be important in the world.

During this annual meeting, we plan three co-operative symposia:

  • "Neo-Virology", supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the Japan and Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology,
  • “Acute Encephalitis and Encephalopathy – from Bedside to Bench, a perspective from the clinics”, co-hosted by the Japanese society of clinical virology, and
  • ‘Emerging Viral Infections’, co-hosted with the US-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program (USJCMP), Viral Disease Panel, and focused on emerging and reemerging infectious diseases.

We hope that this annual meeting will provide an opportunity for domestic and foreign researchers in virology to gather in one place and discuss their recent data encompassing basic, epidemiological and clinical researches on various viruses. It is our sincere hope that all of you will participate. We would be extremely happy for you to come to the meeting - and while you are here, we hope you will also enjoy Kobe!

Yasuko Mori, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairperson, The 68th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Virology
(Professor, Division of Clinical Virology, Center for Infectious Diseases,
Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine)