The Italian Society for Virology (SIV) is a non-profit Association founded in September 2001. The SIV has a multidisciplinary organization and merges the scientific and teaching interests of general, medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary and vegetal virologists.
The aims of the SIV are to promote the knowledge and progress in biological research, to organize meetings and courses, to expand and connect the experience in virology to other related fields, with particular regard to biotechnology. The SIV was acknowledged by several other National Societies for Virology and will become a member of the Federation of the European Societies for Virology. it has provided a forum for scientists active in all aspects of Virology. The stated aim of the Society is to promote and stimulate the exchange of information and collaboration among individual scientists as well as among national and international associations of Virology throughout Europe. To achieve these goals. SIV organizes congresses and courses, offers fellowships and promotes education in Virology at all levels, and represents the science, art and profession of Virology to governmental and regulatory institutions of the European Union, the media and the general public.In accordance with the normal format of the SIV National Meeting the conference transcended all areas of Virology. Sessions included invited speakers together with selected oral presentation. Covered topics included: General Virology and Viral Genetics, Medical Virology and Antiviral Therapy, Viral Biotechnologies and Gene Therapy, Viral Oncogenesis and Vaccines, Virus-Host Interactions and Pathogenesis, Emerging and Zoonotic Viral Infections. In this edition, a special effort was addressed to the HPV infection and prevention and to the guidelines for the pre-emptive (presymptomatic) therapy of human cytomegalovirus infections in transplant recipients. A summary of the main topics are reported.