5th Annual Virginia Regional Herpesvirus Symposium – VRHS 2014


Welcome to the official website for the fifth annual 


Virginia Regional Herpes Symposium


It is our pleasure to welcome you to the VRHS 2014. Edward Mocarski, PhD, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor at Emory University Vaccine Center, will deliver the keynote:

"Cell Death Pathways in Host Defense (The Good), Inflammation (The Bad) and Developmental Failure (The Ugly)."

In addition to Dr. Mocarski's presentation, we will have a Featured Presentation by Stephanie Troy, M.D., from the Center for Comprehensive Care of Immune Deficiency at EVMS on HIV and the genetic influence on host responses to vaccinations.



Saturday April 12, 2104.

The Symposium starts at 9:00 am and runs until about 7:00 pm.



EVMS Campus, Norfolk, VA- Lester Hall (formerly Education and Research Building-ERB) -104

Norfolk can be reached from most of the state by car in less than 4-5 hours.  Detailed directions to the EVMS campus and maps can be found here.



The registration fee of $50 ($60 on site) covers a light breakfast, snacks and a reception at the end of the day (participants are responsible for their own lunch as always).  EVMS will pay for all EVMS PhD, MS, MD, MPA and MSA students that want to attend, so there is no cost for this excellent opportunity to mingle with some of the most accomplished virus researchers in the U.S

Individual registration form:

2014 Registration


For emailed registrations, a confirmation of registration and a receipt will be sent once a payment has been received - if you intend to pay by check at the meeting, please get pre-approval from the organizers and understand that there is an addition $10 processing fee (making your cost $60).


Abstracts and Presentations

We accept the same abstract topics as IHW and CMV/Betaherpesvirus mettings, and we will assemble the Program based on this year’s submissions.  These categories are:

1.            Glycoproteins, Entry, Transport
2.            Genome Structure, Replication, Nuclear Interactions
3.            Lytic Gene Expression: Viral, Host, Chromatin
4.            Virion Structure, Assembly, and Egress
5.            Virus Cell Interactions
6.            Immunology
7.            Latency and Reactivation
8.            Pathogenesis
9.            Intervention, Treatment, Prevention
10.          Write-in Candidate (e.g. “My Cool Project”)

Abstract submissions must be in PDF format and sent directly to Julie Kerry or Patric Lundberg by 5pm on March 31. All abstracts are limited to one page (1-in left margins) and may include figures and/or tables (abstracts in the format of IHW are acceptable).

This year, attendees may also select to present a poster of their work. Abstracts for posters will be printed in the Program book.  If you wish to present a poster, please select the appropriate section of the registration form. 


Information for Vendors/Sponsors

Vendor cost is unchanged for this fifth year ($250) and the Sponsor level remains at $500.

Vendors/Exhibitors Registration form:

2014 Vendor Registration

2014 Sponsor Registration

Fill out the appropriate form and either snailmail, fax (757-624-2255) or e-mail it to the Organizers, Julie or Patric

To acknowledge each Vendor, and to facilitate future collaborations, all companies/groups that have a booth the Symposium are asked to send a PDF with the following information to the Organizers:

  1. Representative's name, title, Company Name, phone number, email address & web page.
  2. General Company/Group description.
  3. A list of collaboration interests (if applicable).

This information will be included at the back of the Symposium Booklet.



Registrants will be responsible for making their own room reservations.

There are 6 hotels (~$75-150/night) in downtown Norfolk that can be reached by the Tide Light Rail in a matter of minutes, in addition to the Page House B&B (~$180/night) which is within walking distance of the EVMS campus. Downtown Norfolk hotels include:

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel 

Tazewell Hotel and Suites 

The Norfolk Plaza Hotel 

Norfolk Waterside Marriott 

Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown 

Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown 

It should take about 20 minutes to reach the EVMS campus via the light rail, and 5 minutes by car.


Golf outing and souvenir information

As is tradition, we will organize a golf outing on Sunday the 13th (players can expect a greens fee of ~$40). We will make reservations for a couple of groups, with tee times starting around 10am, so please reserve your spot as soon as you can. If you are interested in participating e-mail Patric.

If you are interested in ordering a souvenir from the meeting in advance, contact Patric for an external link where a number of items with the vhrs2014 logo affixed are available.  If you pre-order at least a week in advance, the item will be given to you upon check-in.


Important Dates

Friday, February 31       Registration ($50/person) and Abstract Submission Opens
Friday, March 31            Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday, March April 4      Selection for Abstract and Presentation Notification


We acknowledge sponsorship from:

The EVMS Office of Research

The EVMS Department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology


With anticipation of your attendance, the Organizers:

 Julie Kerry, Ph.D. and  Patric Lundberg, Ph.D.