The 2012 International porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) Symposium will be held in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 29- 30.  The meeting will be held at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown in conjunction with the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSIF) and Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI).

The International PRRS Symposium is an annual public meeting hosted by the PRRS Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) and National Pork Board (NPB).

The symposium will bring together an international group of researchers, students, swine health specialists, companies and producers. PRRS is the most economically significant disease of pigs in the world.

The 2012 meeting will focus on the latest discoveries in the genetics of the host and the virus. Topics of the symposium will include pig genomics, viral genetics and their applications to improvements in pig breeding and vaccines. The remainder of the symposium will be devoted to a broad range of relevant topics, including immunity, epidemiology and the control of virus in the field.  

This year’s meeting includes satellite meetings hosted by BIVI and others. The PRRS CAP will host a half-day workshop on PRRS vaccines: past, present and future.

Registration is $100 and includes breakfast and lunch on Friday. There will be no registration fee for graduate students.

Online registration and abstract submission will open soon; those requiring visas are encouraged to register as early as possible so visa letters can be processed.  A draft agenda is available online.

Details for abstract submission and instructions, program updates, and a copy of the 2005-2011 symposium proceedings including abstracts are available here. The deadline for abstract submissions will be Aug. 25.

The estimated cost for the Marriott is approximately $110 per night. The price includes free internet.