Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO | July 12 - July 14, 2024

Table of Contents 

Hotel Information
Organizing Committees
About St. Louis



Register for the Meeting

Early Registration: $500.00 USD

Late Registration (after May 15th): $600.00 USD

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all Presentations and Discussion Panels
  • Proceedings of Symposium
  • Lunches
  • Welcome and Closing Receptions
  • Banquet 

Cancellation PolicyIf a registrant is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the registrar, someone else to attend in their place. In case the conference is postponed of cancelled due to COVID-19, then the whole event will be on-line.

Schedule of Events 

July 12, 2024: Breakfast, Opening Session, Lunch, Welcome Reception with Buffet Dinner

July 13, 2024: Breakfast, Lunch, Banquet

July 14, 2024: Breakfast, Lunch

Browse Programming

Meeting Schedule
Scientific Program

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Clint Jones - Friday July 12th, 8:30 - 9:15 AM

Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. while investigating SV40 DNA replication in the laboratory of Dr. Robert T. Su at the University of Kansas. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, Palo Alto, California, and identified regions of the HSV-2 genome that have oncogenic potential. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for 3 years. He then spent 26 years at the University of Nebraska, where he was the Charles Bessey Professor and Associate Director of the Nebraska Virology Center. He is currently the Regents and Sitlington Professor of Infectious Diseases at Oklahoma State University. The primary focus of his research is to understand the latency-reactivation cycle of two neurotropic alpha-herpesvirinae subfamily members, bovine alphaherpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1) and herpes alphaherpesvirus 1 (HSV-1).

Dr. Gisela F. Erf - Saturday July 13th, 8:30 - 9:15 AM

Dr. Erf received her Ph.D. in Immunology under the guidance of Dr. James A Marsh at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts for 6 years. She then joined the faculty in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she is Endowed Tyson Professor in Avian Immunology.  She has been with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for nearly 30 years, teaching and conducting research on poultry immune system development and function, and on the role of the immune system in non-communicable diseases. The topic of her keynote will be on: Lessons learned from autoimmune vitiligo in the Smyth chicken: insights into multifactorial disease and avian immune responses.

Hotel Information

Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 15, 2024

St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
1820 Market St.
St Louis, Missouri, 63103

The room block is now full, but there are several nearby hotels where you can book accommodations for your stay in St. Louis.  Please click the names of the hotels below to visit their websites to make your reservation.

0.2 mile walk: Drury Inn St. Louis at St. Louis Station
0.3 mile walk: Fairfield Inn & Suites St. Louis Downtown
0.3 mile walk: Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station
0.4 mile walk: 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis
0.4 mile walk: Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West

Standard Room Block
Government Room Block

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Organizing Committees

National Organizing Committee

Ton Schat, Chair
John Dunn
Maricarmen Garcia
Mark Parcells
Nathan Bevans-Kerr

Fundraising Committee

Maricarmen Garcia, Chair
Ruud Hein
Rik Koopman
Algis Martinez
Guillermo Zavala
Ton Schat (Ex Officio)

International Advisory Committee

Ton Schat, Chair
Irit Davidson
Caroline Denesvre
John Dunn
Maricarmen Garcia
Ben Kaufer
Venugopal Nair
Mark Parcells
Shayan Sharif
Aijian Qin
Stephen Walkden-Brown

Scientific Committee

John Dunn, Chair
Caroline Denesvre
Joann Devlin
Maricarmen Garcia
Ben Kaufer
Venugopal Nair
Mark Parcells
Aijian Qin
Stephen Spatz
Ton Schat (Ex Officio)


The following transportation options are accessible at the major St. Louis airports: St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV), Spirit of St. Louis Airport and St. Louis Downtown Airport.

Light Rail (MetroLink)

MetroLink, the St. Louis metropolitan region's light rail system, offers multiple lines and stops through St. Louis County and City and the Metro East, stopping at or near many of St. Louis attractions.Beginning at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, MetroLink stretches 48 miles through Missouri and Illinois and includes stops at 37 stations, including one stop just a short five-minute walk away from the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Trains usually run every seven minutes during peak hours, and every 10 minutes throughout the rest of the day, and every 15 minutes or so on weeknights. 

Advance fare is required. Purchase a ticket at the Ticket Vending Machines located at any MetroLink station or through the Transit app. A general one-way ride costs $2.50. A ride from the airport to downtown costs $4.00. For general information, visit www.metrostlouis.org/metrolink/ or call (314) 231-2345.

Buses (MetroBus and Greyhound)

The MetroBus system operates over 70 routes in Missouri and Illinois with nearly 400 buses. Many MetroBus routes connect directly with MetroLink stations. To plan your trip, use the MetroBus online Trip PlannerGoogle Transit or download the Metro On The Go app (available on the App Store and Google Play) and plan your trip from your mobiledevice. For general information, visit www.metrostlouis.org/metrobus/.

Visit Greyhound: Affordable Bus Tickets Across US, Canada & Mexico to plan your trip through Greyhound.


Exact fares depend on which airport you are departing from. The following companies are recommended taxi services with stands near most major hotels.

St. Louis County and Yellow Cab: www.countycab.com
Laclede Cab: www.lacledecab.com

Ride App

Ride App companies Lyft and Uber operate at major St. Louis airports. Reservations must be made online.

About St. Louis

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Union Station Mini Golf: Perfect for families and beginner golfers, the 18-hole mini golf course at Union Station features a variety of interactive elements, a fun yet challenging design and is ADA-accessible. The 200-ft tall St. Louis Wheel creates the perfect backdrop for family fun!

Admission $10-$12. 

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station: Located right in the Union Station hotel, check out one of the most unique indoor attractions in St. Louis! From a freshwater river to the shallow waters of a salt marsh and out to the open ocean see what awaits at St. Louis Station Aquarium!

The American Jazz Museum: Since 1997, the American Jazz Museum has hosted over 200 performances, exhibitions, community events, educational programs and more! Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, featuring the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, The Blue Room, and Gem Theater.