Mission and History


The primary goals of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology are 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.


History of the Society

Dr. Kenneth McIntosh conceived the original idea of the 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. 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.




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