3rd Annual Short Course for emerging leaders in Medical Virology

of the Global Virus Network

October 9-15, 2016

Location: Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, A GVN Center of Excellence

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What:  A one-week intensive course on basic, translational, and clinical aspects of viruses of great importance to human health.   Lecturers will be leading medical virologists drawn from the ranks of GVN Centers of Excellence globally.   All didactic courses will be on state-of-the-art aspects of research on specific viruses.  Significant time for discussion and interaction with medical virology leaders will be a hallmark as well as opportunities to meet with policymakers and program officials from funding agencies in Washington, DC.

Why:  There is a critical need for highly-skilled, broadly-educated medical virologists worldwide.  This course meets one of GVN’s core goals:  to ensure emerging leaders in medical virology receive elite training and have opportunities to engage with partners globally.  This course supplements skills already gained and provides new knowledge and avenues for broadening expertise and collaborations.

Who:  Approximately 20 participants will be selected to participate in this course.  This course will benefit early- and mid-career scientists and physicians wishing to broaden their skills in medical virology.   Candidates should be PhD Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Associates or Assistant Professors, and key criteria for selection include the likelihood of future work in medical virology or contributions in the field of virology, as well as previous professional and academic accomplishments.  A panel of leading GVN scientists will review all applications.

When:  Arrival in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, October 9 for course opening reception on Sunday evening.  Course conclusion will be on Saturday morning, October 15, 2016.

Where:  Lodging will be provided at a hotel within walking distance to lecture sites, at the Hampton Inn.  Shuttles will be available as needed for off-site visits.  Several sites in Baltimore will be used for lectures and discussions, mainly the Institute of Human Virology and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Faculty:  Leading medical virologists from across the GVN will lecture and participate in this course.  They include Drs. Robert C. Gallo, Diane Griffin, Jose Esparza, Konstantin Chumakov, Yutaka Tagaya, Florian Krammer, Kottilil Shyamasundaran, and Ken Olson.

Course fee:  Participants will arrange their own travel to/from Baltimore.  Six nights lodging, tuition, most meals (breakfast, 4 lunches and 2 dinners) and transport during the meeting will be included in the course fee. Fees: 1,500 USD for GVN Members and 2,000 USD for GVN Non-Members.


  • May 1, 2016: Applications will be accepted with no prioritization by date of receipt. Enrollment is limited.
  • July 15, 2016: Final deadline for applications.
  • August 1, 2016: Places will be awarded on a competitive basis.
  • August 15, 2016: Tuition is due.
  • October 9-15, 2016: 3rd GVN Course.

Course Schedule

3rd GVN short course

Speakers Bios

Biography of the Speakers

Application information: Please send a complete application package by email to: Natalia Mercer, PhD, Course Coordinator, nmercer@gvn.org.

Application package:

  1. Applicant information: A) First, Last Name, B) Degree, C) Current Primary Employer, D) Current Job Title, E) Work Address, F) Nationality- Will you require a visa to enter the US?
  2. Curriculum vitae – which should include a list of all professional positions currently held and a brief description of responsibilities. Also include education, post-graduate training, training courses attended, and professional positions previously held.
  3. Career Goals – using no more than one paragraph, describe your career plans for the next five to ten years. Please relate how the training you receive in the GVN Short Course will be important in meeting your career goals.
  4. Letter of Reference – one brief letter of reference from persons familiar with your professional work. Letters should corroborate your interest in and commitment to medical virology.

Send no fees with this application.

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