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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, 2017

  • NSIF Conference – 8 to 5
    • Welcome – Justin Fix
    • Beyond the Farm:  Speakers Stephen Gerike, National Pork Board and Dan Groff, Hatfield
    • Competencies for the Future, Moderator Mark Knauer with Speakers Maynard Hogberg, Iowa State University and Tom Rathje, DNA Genetics
    • Lunch with Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation
    • Graduate Student Award Presentation
    • Technologies – The Next Step:  Speakers Richard Leach, Fast Genetics and Jeremy Howard, University of Nebraska
  • NA PRRS Workshop on Global Infectious Disease Challenges – 1 to 5
    • Paul Sundberg, SHIC; Alex Morrow, STAR-IDAZ; Jeff Zimmerman, Iowa State University; Scott Dee, Pipestone; Diego Diel, South Dakota State University, Ying Fang, Kansas State University
  • NSIF/NA PRRS Joint Keynote Speaker – 5:30
    Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis

Saturday, December 2, 2017

  • PRRSV in the Field: Special Program by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica – 8-12
  • NSIF/NA PRRS Joint Luncheon - Noon
  • NA PRRS Symposium – 1-5
    • Translational Research:  The Genetics of Disease Resistance:
      Updates on Current Progress and a Vision for the Future
      Moderators:  Jack Dekkers, Iowa State University and Bob Rowland, Kansas State University featuring talks by:
      Andrea Wilson, Roslin Institute; Jay Calvert, Zoetis, Inc.; Graham Plastow, University of Alberta; Joan Lunney, USDA ARS BARC; Montserrat Torremorell, University of Minnesota
  • Poster Session and Reception - 6-8

Sunday, December 3, 2017 – 8-12

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

View the full program at:  Program

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