Dear GRC:


Attached please find a call for presentation titles for the 2013 International Symposium on Ranaviruses.  The symposium will be held concurrently with the International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA (27 July – 2 August 2013,  The ranavirus symposium will start off the WDA conference, with research talks and group discussions on 27 and 28 July (Saturday and Sunday).  There also will be a poster presentation and social on the evening of 27 July, and optional ranavirus surveillance field trips on 29 and 31 July.  The bulk of WDA conference activities will occur 29 July – 2 August.  Jake Kerby created a website for the symposium (, which will be expanded with more information as we get closer to the symposium.  A preliminary website for the WDA conference is at: 


The symposium presentation committee (Brunner, Duffus, Miller, Marschang, Waltzek) invites researchers, veterinarians and students to submit titles with 2-3 descriptive sentences of presentation topics for consideration in the symposium.  Please specify if you prefer an oral or poster presentation, and indicate if you are a student, research associate (including post-doc), scientist, or veterinarian.  The committee’s goal will be to create a well-balanced program of contemporary topics on ranaviruses (amphibians, fish and reptiles) with a global representation of presenters with different training and expertise.  Titles should be submitted to [log in to unmask] by 30 November 2012.  The presentation committee will select talks for the symposium and request full abstracts to be submitted in January 2013.  For talks that are not selected or if individuals want to deliver a second presentation, abstracts can be submitted separately for inclusion in a WDA Conference session.  The call for WDA abstracts likely will be released in January.  Please feel free to distribute this announcement to others.


If you have not been to eastern Tennessee USA, Knoxville is located in the Tennessee River Valley with the southern Appalachian Mountains as a backdrop for the city (  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ( is less than one hour from Knoxville, and there are loads of opportunities for outdoor activities (e.g., hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, canoeing).  The cities of Pigeon Forge ( and Gatlinburg ( are short drives,  Nashville is about 2.5 hours (, and Atlanta is 3 hours (  Knoxville has a moderately size airport with connector flights to major USA hubs (e.g., Atlanta, Houston, Washington DC, Chicago;  Knoxville also is the home of The University of Tennessee (, which brings an energizing VOLUNTEER spirit to the city of 300,000 people.  Whether presenting or not, we hope to see you at the Second International Symposium on Ranaviruses!         


All the Best---


Matthew J. Gray, Ph.D.
Center for Wildlife Health

University of Tennessee
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Knoxville, TN 37996-4563
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