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2017 North American PRRS Symposium on PRRS, Emerging and Foreign Animal Diseases and National Swine Improvement Federation NAPRRS-NSIF Joint Conference

December 1-3, 2017
Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Important Dates:

September 1, 2017- Abstract submission deadline
September 8, 2017-Travel fellowship application deadline
November 3, 2017-Hotel reservation deadline
November 24, 2017- Registration deadline

Attendees requiring visas are encouraged to register early 




The NA PRRS Symposium is an annual conference for scientists, diagnosticians, practitioners and producers who are interested in porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), the most costly viral disease to ever face a global swine industry. The meeting is further expanded to include emerging and foreign animal diseases, such as Seneca Valley virus (SVV), porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD), African swine fever virus (ASFV), classical swine fever virus (CSFV), and other high-consequence diseases of swine.  Scientific topics include disease control, vaccines, pathogenesis, diagnostics, epidemiology and host genetics. Abstracts covering all of these topics/viruses will be accepted. Students and postdocs presenting posters or talks can apply for support through the David A. Benfield travel fellowships.   

In 2012, the North American PRRS Symposium (NA PRRS) partnered with the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSIF) Conference to provide a world-class meeting devoted to swine health. Together again for 2017, the two conferences represent a new emphasis on the role of host and viral genetics in swine health and the control of disease. 

Meeting Highlights

Friday, December 1

  • NSIF Conference and Awards Luncheon
  • PM Workshop on Global Infectious Disease 

Saturday, December 2

  • PRRSV in the field: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
  • NSIF/NA PRRS Joint Luncheon
  • Translational research featuring talks from experts on:
    • The genetics of host response to infection
    • Poster Session
    • Genetic modification for host resistance
    • Genetic manipulation of PRRSV for improved vaccines
    • And more… 

Sunday, December 3

  • Selected abstract talks on viral pathogenesis, vaccines, diagnostics, epidemiology-disease control, and genetics. 

More information regarding Registration, Sponsors, Program and Fellowships will be posted soon.  Please check back. 

Contact Bob Rowland, Executive Director, for further information or questions at: