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|isirv journal seeks new 'Editor-in'Chief'|
|Dr Alan Hampson, having set up the isirv Journal, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses, and led it through its early years to high impact factor ratings, has indicated that he wishes to retire from the post of Editor-in-Chief towards the end of 2013. Thus isirv, in association with the publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, is seeking to appoint a new Editor-in-Chief to succeed Dr Hampson.
The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for managing the peer review process for all contributions, delegating manuscripts to the appropriate Associate Editor for review, communicating with authors, accepting or rejecting manuscripts or requesting revisions in response to peer reviewers’ reports and editorial comments. In addition, the Editor-in-Chief will be expected to initiate and drive the overall strategy for the future and on-going development of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses and, in association with both the society and the publisher, to promote and publicise the journal where possible.
The term of office will be for 3 years initially, renewable by mutual consent, and with provision for notice of 12 months by either side. The position is supported by a fully-functional Editorial Office run by the publisher. A small honorarium is paid as a token of appreciation rather than a full professional fee. A travel allowance is also made available.
The Editor-in-Chief must be a person of standing within the influenza or related scientific worlds and have the policy and operational skills to lead development of the Journal and undertake the tasks outlined above.
a) Either, by 16th June 2013, suggest an individual whom you think might be a good candidate. Please provide contact details.
b) Or, by 30th June 2013 apply on your own behalf in which case please provide a statement of no more than 500 words outlining, as well as your experience, your vision for the Journal and where you see it in five years’ time.
Please send your candidate suggestions or application to Paul Sommerfeld, isirv Organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is hoped to complete the appointment process prior to the Options conference in early September so that the Editor-in-Chief-elect will be able to participate in the meeting of the Editorial Board and begin a period of handover with Dr. Hampson. Thus suggestions for potential candidates should be sent by 16th June 2013 to allow time for isirv to contact the person and for them to prepare an application statement. The closing date for applications is 30th June 2013.
|Alexander (Sasha) Klimov|
|Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Klimov passed away on 5th February 2013 at his home in Atlanta (USA) after battling cancer for 5 months. Sasha had worked for the US CDC since 1991, where he served as chief of the Virus Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch in the Influenza Division and deputy director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza. He was internationally recognized for his expertise in influenza virus molecular genetics, evolution, development of live influenza vaccines, and the impact of infections with seasonal and avian influenza viruses on public health. Dr. Klimov will be greatly missed by the influenza community, and by the isirv Antiviral Group, of which he was a committee member.|
|Battle Against Respiratory Viruses (BRaVE) Initiative|
A group of clinicians, scientists, and public health experts met in Geneva on 6 and 7 November 2012 to identify crucial needs in the battle against the morbidity and mortality caused by respiratory infections. Further information is available:
|Resources from Siena Summer School now available|
|Presentations from the isirv Siena Summer School 2012 are now available to download.
Photographs from the Summer School are also available.
|Effective with the 2013 Volume, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses will be published in an Online Only format. No printed issue will be produced but authors will still be able to order offprints of their own articles. Further information is available here|
|Lars R Haaheim (1945-2011)|
|On Tuesday 28 June 2011, Lars Haaheim tragically died whilst on a fishing trip in a fjord near his summer home in Sveio, Norway. Lars was an internationally-renowned influenza scientist and a founder member of the International Society for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses (isirv).|
|isirv and NISN join together|
|After discussions over the past year or so, 10th March 2011 saw completion of a formal agreement to bring together the Neuraminidase Inhibitor Susceptibility Network (NISN)and the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (isirv). NISN becomes the first Special Interest Group of isirv and will henceforth be known as the isirv Antiviral Group.|