The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Matthew Moore, assistant professor of food science, has been elected treasurer-elect for North America for the World Society for Virology (WSV), an organization he helped found in 2017, along with numerous other virologists worldwide.

“The goal was to develop the first global virology society that connects virologists around the world without the need for members to pay a membership fee,” says Moore, who also served as the society’s founding treasurer.

“Although a number of excellent national virology organizations exist, most require membership fees, and the goal of WSV was to help connect and support virologists who may already belong to one national society or another,” he adds. “This new society is both global in scope and has no fee required for membership, only a demonstrated history of activity in virus research.”

Moore is one of the organizers for WSV’s first in-person conference since the pandemic. The conference – One Health - One World - One Virology – will be held June 15-17 in Riga, Latvia, and Moore will attend in person. “Based on sponsorship, we are hoping to have the content of the meeting recorded and available virtually,” Moore says.

Multiple leading virologists will present as keynote speakers at the conference, including Theodore Pierson, chief of Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S.; and Janusz Tadeusz Paweska, head of the Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases, at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, South Africa.

Moore, whose research focuses on food safety microbiology with an emphasis on foodborne viruses, such as norovirus, says WSV has created for him a n unprecedented opportunity to connect with virologists from all over the globe. WSV currently has more than 1,000 members from over 80 countries.

“The ultimate goal is to expand our charitable work with scholarships and other programs to connect virologists regardless of means,” Moore says.

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