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Welcome to NIDO2014

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the “XIIIth INTERNATIONAL NIDOVIRUS SYMPOSIUM” in Salamanca, Spain, that will be held in June 1st-6th, 2014. You are kindly invited to attend this symposium that, due to the significant progress in the field along the last two years will be scientifically very interesting. Not to forget the interest and beauty of Salamanca, a relevant cultural European city.

The International Nidovirus Symposia are held every three years to assemble scientists from around the world who are doing research on Nidoviruses.  This large order of enveloped, plus strand RNA viruses consists of many genera and species in the Coronaviridae, Arteriviridae, Roniviridae families, including many important human and veterinary pathogens, as well as several recently discovered insect viruses in the Mesoniviridae family.  There are now six human coronaviruses (CoV) that cause diseases, ranging in severity from generally mild respiratory infections due to HCoV-229E, HCoV-OC43, HCoV-NL63, and HCoV-HKU1, to highly virulent lower respiratory tract infections due to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. SARS-CoV in 2002-03 had a fatality rate of around 10%, but close to 50% in patients over 65 years of age, and the recently emerging MERS-CoV, which has spread to 158 patients in 10 countries (as for November 2013) since its detection in the summer of 2012. The World Health Organization has issued a global alert for MERS-CoV (http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/en/).

CoVs are emerging and re-emerging viruses that can mutate to extend their host range, potentially causing devastating pandemics. Human CoVs apparently were zoonotic viruses that adapted to human-to-human transmission. Surveillance of wild life has shown that SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV were likely derived from bats, and identification of possible intermediate hosts that can spread the virus to humans is a high priority to prevent the continuing rapid spread of MERS-CoV. The rapid development of novel vaccines and antiviral therapies against CoVs that cause acute respiratory syndromes like SARS and MERS is a high priority for governments and public health agencies worldwide.

The XIIIth Nidovirus Symposium will provide scientists from around the world with an extraordinary opportunity to exchange information on MERS-CoV and other Nidoviruses concerning their molecular biology, pathogenesis, determinants of virulence, mechanisms of transmission and epidemiology, phylogeny, host range, diagnosis, strategies for prevention, and development of vaccines and antiviral therapies. Previous Nidovirus Symposia led to international collaborations that have been very important in expediting research on newly emerging and re-emerging Nidoviruses. The XIIIth Nidovirus Symposium will encourage exchange of knowledge and promote discussion on how scientific advances in the field can contribute to efficient responses to emergence and transmission of novel, highly pathogenic human and animal Nidoviruses. Strategies for molecular and serological diagnostic assays, disease control and vaccine development will be discussed.

We certainly hope that the symposium will provide you a chance to meet old friends and make new ones, and that you will find the meeting informative, scientifically rewarding and above all, an enjoyable experience. Most of all, we wish you to feel welcome at this beautiful City of Salamanca.

Luis Enjuanes, Isabel Sola, and
Members of the Scientific and Organizing committees

Information of Interes for Visa Application

Please, visit the page:
http://www.spain.info/en/informacion-practica/consejos-viaje/consejos-practicos/requisitos/

VENUE OF THE NIDOVIRUS 2014 SYMPOSIUM

FUNDACION UNIVERSIDAD
Fundación General de la Universidad de Salamanca
Hospedería del Colegio Fonseca
Address: Fonseca, 2
37002 Salamanca. Spain
Phone: +34 923 294840

MEETING ASSOCIATED HOTELS

ABBA FONSECA HOTEL
This hotel has been reserved for The Nidovirales Meeting
Address: Plaza de San Blas, 2
37007 Salamanca. Spain
Phone: +34 902 153163 http://www.abbafonsecahotel.com/en/salamanca-hotel-jacuzzi.html

COLEGIO FONSECA
This hotel has been reserved for The Nidovirales Meeting
Address: Fonseca, 4
37002 Salamanca. Spain
Phone: +34 923 294570
http://fundacion.usal.es/nidovirus2014/colegio-fonseca

OFFICIAL LETTERS OF INVITATION TO THE MEETING WILL BE ISSUED ON REQUEST BY

Luis Enjuanes
National Center of Biotechnology
Spanish Research Council (CNB-CSIC)
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Address: Darwin 3. Cantoblanco. 28049 Madrid. Spain
Phone: +34 91 5854555
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Fellowships for Young Scientists

Fellowships covering full-registration fees have been awarded to graduate students and young postdoctoral scientists to attend the meeting. These fellowships have been provided by funds from THE FEDERATION OF EUROPEAN MICROBIOLOGICAL SOCIETIES (FEMS), following the guidelines established by this European institution. The fellowships have been awarded to:

Ramakanth MadhugiriGermany
Silvia Marquez-JuradoSpain
Huihui MouThe Netherlands
Jose Luis Nieto-TorresSpain
Ronald DijkmanSwitzerland
Robert KnaapThe Netherlands
Mark BakkersThe Netherlands
Anna MatczukGermany


In addition FEMS has provided support for the following invited speakers:

Prof. Geoffrey Smith. Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK
Prof. Ben Berkhout, Department of Medical Microbiology. Center for Infection and Immunity. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prof. Joaquin Castilla. Proteomics Department. CICbioGUNE. Vizcaya. Spain