Mission and History



The Pan American Society for Clinical Virology was originally named the Pan American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis (PAGRVD) when it was founded in 1977. The aims stated at the beginning continue to this day: to foster the development of new techniques for rapid viral diagnosis, to improve quality control for reagents, to sponsor training programs, scientific meetings and symposia, to disseminate relevant information, to coordinate activities with other organizations, and to encourage collaborative research. In 1995, the name was changed to the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV) to reflect the expanding role of the Society in all areas of clinical virology: viral pathogenesis, manifestations of disease, laboratory diagnosis, prevention, and therapy.


PASCV membership is open to laboratory directors, practicing physicians, research virologists, postdoctoral fellows, laboratory technologists and technicians throughout the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as to members of the European and Asian Societies for Clinical Virology.


PASCV promotes the exchange of clinical and diagnostic virology information by sponsoring the Clinical Virology Symposium, Molecular Virology Workshop, webinars, and a listserv. The Clinical Virology Symposium, the annual meeting of PASCV, is held each year in conjunction with PASCV’s Molecular Virology Workshop. PASCV plays an active role in the development of the Clinical Virology Symposium’s educational programming. PASCV also sponsors several awards presented during the Clinical Virology Symposium. For more information on PASCV Awards, visit http://www.pascv.org/page/Awards


History of the Society


Dr. Kenneth McIntosh conceived the original idea of Pan American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis (PAGRVD) while studying immunofluorescent techniques with Dr. Phillip Gardner and Dr. Joan McQuillan at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976. Dr. Gardner had been instrumental in organizing the European Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis. Upon his return to the United States, Dr. McIntosh discussed the concept with Dr. Stanley Plotkin and Dr. Max Chernesky, and others working in diagnostic virology. An organizational meeting was held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on January 19, 1977.


The Society's association with the Clinical Virology Symposium dates back to 1984, when Dr. Steven Specter invited PAGRVD to co-sponsor the annual Clinical Virology Symposium. The first Clinical Virology Symposium was held in Clearwater Beach, Florida in April 1985.


Details of the history of the Society and Clinical Virology Symposium have been published in the Journal of Clinical Virology, Volume 16, Supplement 1, 2000


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