Presidents' Message

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Chicago for this joint meeting between the International Society for Neurovirology (ISNV) and the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology (SNIP). Although we are two separate scientific societies, we have many overlapping interests and our joint meeting committee has put together a program that will maximize collaborative efforts and produce synergistic outcomes. For many years, members of both societies have expressed interest in holding a joint meeting, which is now coming to fruition at the Swissotel in Chicago. This will be the 15th International Symposium on NeuroVirology combined with the 24th Scientific Conference on NeuroImmune Pharmacology. This 4-day scientific meeting has been organized with sessions of common interest in the mornings and with parallel scientific sessions in the afternoons. In addition to presentations and discussions about basic, translational and clinical studies, a major emphasis of this joint ISNV/SNIP meeting will be on diversity, inclusion and mentorship for junior investigators.

Over one year ago at the ISNV meeting in Toronto, we (Igor and Jonathan) discussed holding this joint meeting. This was approved by the Executive Councils of ISNV and SNIP. It is a credit to the outstanding administrative staff, devoted members, and meeting committees from both societies that this first-rate scientific meeting was organized and now we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

The meeting has many highlights. Chicago itself is historic, beautiful, and offers inhabitants and visitors a wealth of stimulating activities and gastronomic treats. The science will be first-rate and the meeting will be preceded by a symposium organized by Dr. Jeymohan Joseph of the National Institute of Mental Health on "Astrocytes as an HIV CNS reservoir." During the meeting, you will have the opportunity to listen to exemplary plenary speakers, participate in events specifically designed to promote diversity in science, listen to and interact with senior and junior scientists alike, and enjoy our Gala dinner.

We hope that this joint meeting will further strengthen the connection between our two societies, enhance the exchange of ideas, and lead to new collaborative projects.

Igor Koralnik, M.D.
President, ISNV
Jean Schweppe Armour Professor of Neurology and Medicine
Chair, Department of Neurological Sciences
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Jonathan Geiger, Ph.D.
President, SNIP
Chester Friz Distinguished Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Grand Forks, ND