The American Society for Virology was founded in 1981 to provide a forum for investigators of human, animal, insect, plant, fungal, and bacterial viruses, whether the research involves clinical, ecological, biological, or biochemical approaches. The stated aim of the Society is to promote the exchange of information and stimulate discussion and collaboration among scientists active in all aspects of virology. These goals are achieved by means of meetings organized or sponsored by the Society, obtaining for the members reduced subscription rates for virological journals, soliciting travel grants to attend national and international meetings and representation on national and international councils.
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ASV Virology Job Site
The ASV Virology Job site is now operational and ready for business!
Please help us with the public launch of this new Internet resource by using and referring this site ( to list all the virology jobs available in your labs, departments, institutions and companies.

  • This is the only Virology specific job site on the Net.
  • Search for jobs by type, keyword and/or region
  • Establish a Job Alert for automatic notification about new job postings
  • Post jobs from your lab, department or company in appropriate categories for Virology
  • Completely FREE!

This new site was created in association with “All the Virology on the WWW” ( Questions or comments: Please contact Dr. David M. Sander at:

History of Virology
This site is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to the American Society for Virology and is part of the Sloan Foundation Program on the Recent History of Science and Engineering of the Web. This ASV site is on the history of structural virology and was created by Sondra and Milton Schlesinger, Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, who are responsible for its content.

The Foundations of Medical and Veterinary Virology:
Discoverers and Discoveries, Inventors and Inventions, Developers and Technologies

This long-standing website has been reconstructed and now has three parts, reached via three tabs on the opening screen: (1) The Virus Images: Electron Micrographs tab leads to a set of about 30 virus images, mostly electron micrographs. Over the past 10 years, these images have been used widely in books and other teaching materials. Note: the large thumbnails lead to large .tif or .jpg image files that are downloaded when you right-click and choose "Save Image as..." or "Save Picture as..." according to your browser. The large image files range from 5 to 10 Mb. (2) The Foundations of Virology tab leads to the main (combined) PowerPoint slide set, Foundations of Virology, and to the same set broken into six smaller files for those with a slow Internet connection. At the bottom of this tab there is also a link to the file for my 520 page eBook, with the same title, Foundations of Virology. This is a 117Mb .pdf file, which takes about 2 minutes to download. (3) The Virology Papers tab contains a Word file (.doc), Discovers and Discoveries, which has an updated large chronological table matching the entries in the PowerPoint slide set and the eBook. This tab also contains .pdf files of several papers that are not available on the Internet. The images and all the other resources in this website may be freely reprinted and/or used for any educational or non-profit purposes. We wish to thank Frederick A. Murphy, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, Galveston, Texas, for creating these historical images and documents.

BrainTrack is a directory of the world's universities and colleges. It indexes and contains information about universities, polytechnics, colleges and other higher educational institutions from over 190 countries. A variety of higher education datasources throughout the world are referenced, including governments and other publicly available resources. Established in 1996, BrainTrack ( profiles almost every US higher-education institution with original overviews, home page links, detailed degree data, similar schools, and more. It links to over 10,000 university and college sites throughout the world and the links are organized regionally and updated continually. There are no fees or registrations required for using BrainTrack. The site is committed to providing up-to-date information; however, the accuracy of what is presented within BrainTrack is not guaranteed. Please always confirm any information in question directly with the institution.

Poxvirus Bioinformatics Resource Center
This Center has been established to provide resources to the scientific community for basic research and to facilitate the development of novel antiviral therapies and vaccines against human orthopoxvirus infections as well as approaches for environmental detection of virions and the rapid diagnosis of disease. The Center provides a relational database that supports data storage of poxvirus genomic sequences, and annotation and analysis of poxvirus ORF; web-based data mining and sequence analysis tools; software for analysis of complete genomes; a poxvirus literature resource; a repository of poxvirus species and strains (at ATCC); and a discussion forum.

International Union of Microbiological Societies;
International Congress of Virology
The American Society for Virology is a member of the IUMS. The IUMS is an alliance of 100 microbiological societies in 41 countries. Its objectives are to promote the dissemination of the findings of microbiological research worldwide, to provide training to microbiologists, and to foster international collaboration on important issues and research questions in microbiology.
IUMS Structure: Overarching governance of IUMS is the responsibility of the IUMS General Assembly, made up of representatives of IUMS Member Societies. Approximately every three years, the General Assembly elects an Executive Board which has oversight of IUMS activities and makes financial and planning decisions of behalf of the Members. Many of IUMS activities take place within the committees, federations, and commissions of the three IUMS Divisions: Virology, Mycology, and Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology.
Collaborative Activities: IUMS has concerned itself with assisting Divisions, Member Societies, IUMS Committees, Commissions & Federations (Comcofs) with Congresses, Meetings, and Workshops. IUMS assists young scientists and scientists from developing countries to attend IUMS International Congresses.
For more information and information about the upcoming Congresses, please access the above link to the IUMS web site at:

ASV Membership Directory Search Page
The ASV Home Page contains the feature to Search the ASV Membership Directory. Instructions are provided for completing a search by entering the last name (and first name if available) of the ASV member. The information provided, as a result of your search, will include the name, complete address, membership type, telephone, fax, and email address.

Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding Home Page is now available for browsing on the Internet. The site contains material on the AD Hoc Group, each of the NIH Institutes, Centers, Divisions, and Offices, and links to the home pages and gopher sites of all the Ad Hoc Group members who offer such services.
All Ad Hoc Group resource documents are available on-line for downloading or viewing. The latest news about NIH funding also appears on the Home Page along with reference documents (such as bills, reports, and issue briefs) that relate to NIH funding.
In addition, the Home Page contains sound files of various luminaries speaking about NIH. Currently in place are sound files of President Franklin Roosevelt at the NIH Building One dedication ceremony and Dr. C. Everett Koop's public service announcement for Research!America. Lastly, the Home Page contains a map and aerial photograph of the NIH campus. Nothing on the Home Page is copyrighted and member organizations are encouraged to download material for use in their organizations advocacy efforts.

This home page contains information regarding Research!America's polls, state programs, and public information campaigns, as well as information on medical research advocacy.

All the Virology on the WWW
All the Virology on the WWW is one of the best single sites for Virology information on the Internet, brought to you by the Garry Lab and David M. Sander, Ph.D.

This Internet site has collected all the Virology-related Web sites that might be of interest to our fellow virologists and others interested in learning more about viruses. They have collected all the virology related Web sites that might be of interest to our fellow virologists, and others interested in learning more about viruses. The site contains an index to virus pictures on the web, The Big Picture Book of Viruses, a collection of some of the best Online Virology and Microbiology Course Notes, an on-line microbiology and virology bookstore, The Virology Bookshop, Virology Job Listings, a Virology News Page, and a popular Daily Virology News section.