Introduction

Final ANTIVIRALS Conference
11 June 2018 - Porto
The Marie Sklodowska Curie European Training Network "ANTIVIRALS" will have a satellite workshop during the 31st International Conference on Antiviral Research. The satellite workshop is open to all ICAR participants. Coordinator prof. Frank van Kuppeveld will be a keynote speaker during the sattellite workshop. Several ANTIVIRALS Early Stage Researchers will hold an oral presenations and all Early Stage Researchers who will have poster during the conference will have a shotgun presentation. Lots of interesting research and training will be shared!

This event will be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR)



Introduction to European Training Network ANTIVIRALS

Prof. dr. Frank van Kuppeveld - Scientific Coordinator of ANTIVIRALS, based at the Department Immunity and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Who? - "I want to introduce PhD students into the fascinating world of viruses", says Professor van Kuppeveld. "In particular, we study how viruses hijack the cellular metabolism and infrastructure to reproduce themselves. We are working on novel technologies to develop new inhibitors of virus infections".
Why? - Viruses are a major cause of disease, death and economic loss worldwide. Virus infections can be controlled with antiviral drugs. However, these drugs only exist for a limited number of viruses. We urgently need drugs to fight more viruses, but there is a shortage of scientists that are properly trained to do this job.

What? - ANTIVIRALS is a training project. Our aim is to prepare talented young researchers for a career in antiviral drug development. The ANTIVIRALS students will search for novel inhibitors of virus replication. These inhibitors will be characterised and developed into potent candidate drugs for antiviral therapy.

How? - ANTIVIRALS is a consortium of seven academic and five industrial partners. We will provide 15 researchers with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and technological skills through multiple workshops and courses. In individual research projects, the students will use their knowledge to develop candidate antiviral drugs.


ANTIVIRALS Blog presents great reading about viruses!

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