The first International Symposium on Epstein-Barr Virus and Associated Malignant Diseases was held at Loutraki, Greece, on September 24 to 28, 1984. It was coorganized by S. D. Kottaridis, Hellenic Anticancer Institute, Athens, Greece; D. V. Ablashi, P. H. Levine, and T. Papas, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD; and Gary Pearson, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. The symposium was attended by approximately 90 investigators, representing 16 countries.
The meeting was sponsored through a travel grant by the National Cancer Institute and through funds provided by the Ministry of Health, Greece, the Greek Tourist Bureau, the Hellenic Anticancer Institute, and donations from many private biomedical companies from the United States and Europe.
The second international symposium, which will be held in the United States, is planned for October 1986.
The Proceedings of the International Symposium on EBV and Associated Malignant Diseases will be published as the first volume of Developments in Medical Virology by Martinus Nijhoff Publishing Co., Hingham, MA. It is anticipated that this publication will be published in 1985. This publication will serve as a reference text for the medical libraries and for investigators either already engaged in EBV research or intending to pursue research in the EBV field.