Welcome message to GFRA 2021 BA

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our very great pleasure to announce the VI Global Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) Scientific Meeting to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from 1 – 3 November 2021.

The GFRA was launched in 2003, as a worldwide association of animal research organizations that are involved in combating FMD. It aims to build a global alliance of partners to generate and share knowledge to develop tools that can better tackle the threat of the disease. Every two years GFRA members get together to share their research and experiences. The GFRA 2021 meeting will bring together experts from across the globe to share their research on basic virology, immunological insights around the vaccination and infection in different species, epidemiology, diagnostics, and novel treatments to control FMD.

The virtual event, as well as all our previous meetings, will prioritize long fruitful discussions. Special attention will be brought to the delegate’s contributions, and poster presentations will be the landmark of this virtual meeting. We will take advantage of the virtual environment to make it the perfect place for each of you to share your research with the global community and start or keep on “networking”.

This time the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic banned the chance of meeting in person in Buenos Aires. However, we do not give up and we look forward to meeting each of you in person shortly, for you to enjoy the Tango performed to perfection and share Argentina´s famous beef and hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you all to the first virtual GFRA 2021 meeting!.

Dr. Alejandra Capozzo
GFRA Chief Executive Officer