São Paulo School of Advanced Science in Arbovirology
FAMERP - São José do Rio Preto - SP - Brazil
May 29th to June 9th

The “III FAMERP-UTMB: Emerging infections in the Americas - common interests and collaboration between Brazil and USA” site is open.

This meeting is composed of the first 4 days of the SP School of Advanced science in arbovirology (lectures only) and it is dedicate to who does not qualify for the SP School or did not apply.

Please check the website and register as soon as possible. There are only a limited number of positions to be filled.

See you soon in Sao Jose do Rio Preto.



In the last couple of years, Brazil was the subject of worldwide attention with the emergence of the Zika virus, which reached unimaginable proportions in the number of cases and manifestations, not described in the literature at the time, and of great severity ( as microcephaly). The phenomenon observed here was declared as Public Health Emergency of Global Interest by WHO. FAMERP has for the last 10 years established a strong collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch, especially with its renowned Department of Pathology, which is a center of research excellence in arboviruses.

From this collaboration we organize 2 events. The I and II FAMERP-UTMB Meeting. These events (in 2012 and 2016) brought researchers and students from various institutions in Brazil and abroad to SJ Rio Preto, with approximately 200 participants in each event, with posters, talks, conferences and roundtable presentations. Due to the great feedback we received from the public, in addition to several requests for the event to be repeated, we resolved to evolve the previous FAMERP-UTMB Meeting experience to a new format at Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science in Arbovirology.

SPSAS-Arbovirology aims to provide the student with a critical and comprehensive view on the state of the art of arboviruses, with a special focus on Dengue, Zika and CHKV. Due to its intrinsic nature of complexity, since it involves the tripartite relationship between parasite-host-vector, the SPSAS-Arbovirology approach will involve all stages of this process. The major goal of SPSAS-Arbovirology is to be a hub for discussing the importance of these arboviruses, to promote an exchange of experience between researchers, allowing students to be exposed to the state of the art of research in the area, and to acquire knowledge in all facets of question.


In the first days we will have lectures with the bases and state of the art of several facets of arbovirology. We will speak of the fundamentals of arbovirology, with Keynote Speaker Dr. Bob Tesh who contextualized the whole origin and evolution of arbovirology. Following we have Dr. Weaver and Sall showing the basic aspects of arbovirology in the Americas, Asia and Africa, the origin and evolution of the different arboviruses of human interest, focusing on Zika, Dengue and CHKV.

After the contextualization of the viruses we have the different interfaces of the interaction between microbioma, virus and human host. Dr. Sesma, Garmanik, and Teixeira will show the interplay between the virus and the host and their immune system. Dr. Dimopoulos, Christophides and Souza-Neto will next present the virus-vector interaction and its relation with the dynamics and control of transmission of these diseases.

Closing the first module we have the current situation of epidemiology / clinical aspects and arboviruses research in Brazil and especially in SP. In addition to the guest presentations a number of oral presentations (15 minutes) will be made by the SP School students. The second module ends with an organizing meeting and presentation of the practical course, a large poster session where ALL students of the school will present their work to the invited researchers of the school. The last activity of the first week will be a field trip where students and guests will interact with researchers from the virology in toher campus of SP State universities. The third part of the course will involve the practical part and will last a week. Our goal is again to expose students to all parts of the virology interface and we will have modules that are: Classical Virology, serological and molecular methods, Phylogeny and Evolution, entomology and methods of field study.


SP School of Arbovirology

Amadou Alpha Sall

Instituto Pasteur Dakar

Ana Fernandez-Sesma

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Andrea V Gamarnik

Fundación Instituto Leloir

Bob Tesh

University of Texas Medical Branch

George Christophides

Imperial College

George Dimopoulos

Johns Hopkins

Jayme Souza Neto

Universidade Estadual Paulista

Maurício Lacerda Nogueira

Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto

Mauro M Teixeira

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Naomi Lynne Forrester

Univesrity of Texas Medical Branch

Nikolaos Vasilakis

University of Texas Medical Branch

Paolo Zanotto

Universidade de São Paulo

Renato Souza

Instituto Adolfo Lutz

Scott Weaver

University of Texas Medical Branch

Gregory D. Ebel

Colorado State University

Albert Ko

Yale University

Shannan Rossi

University of Texas Medical Branch

Carlos Sariol

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Luiz Tadeu Figueiredo

Universidade de São Paulo

Eurico Arruda Neto

Universidade de São Paulo - Ribeirão Preto

Esper Kallas

Universidade de São Paulo

Benedito Lopes da Fonseca

Universidade de São Paulo - Ribeirão Preto

Luis Lamberti P. da Silva

Universidade de São Paulo - Ribeirão Preto


FAMERP - São José do Rio Preto - SP - Brazil


Convention Center

São José do Rio Preto


Target Audience

The course is directed to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Brazil and abroad. We expect 100 students, 50 from Brazil and 50 from abroad.

Registration and Costs

1 - There is no registration fee for the event
2 - The event will pay the TICKET and HOSTING to all students * (both from Brazil and abroad)
3 - Registration will open in February. Documentation (proof of status as a student or postdoctoral fellow), letter of recommendation of the mentor/advisor, letter of motivation of the student and a summary of the current work to be presented at the event (details will be available here and in FAMERP’s home page next month)
4 - Candidates will be selected based on their CV, their letters of intent and on the diversity of levels, countries and continents.

* FAPESP students and postdoctoral fellows must use their "Reserva Tecnica" for the event (FAPESP’s RULES).


Apply for the meeting

The meeting is dedicated ONLY to selected fellows that will be chosen from application list. The selected will receive AIR TICKETS and HOTEL from the Meeting Organization.

To apply for this meeting send an email to Inscricaolpv@gmail.com with your First name/Family name as Subject with documentation as attached files until March 15th. Please also add your proposed flight itinerary in the body of the text. Please also note that the flight itinerary cannot be changed on our expenses.

Brazil requires VISA from some countries. Please check if you need a VISA to Brazil

List of Brazilian Consulates in USA: http://cgwashington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/jurisdictions.xml

Visa Requirements : https://sistemas.mre.gov.br/kitweb/datafiles/


1) Proof of status as a student or postdoctoral fellow,
2) Letter of recommendation of the mentor/advisor,
3) Letter of motivation of the student
4) Summary of the current work to be presented at the event with up to 300 words in main text and up to 150 characters in the title.

The selected participants will be notified by mail after Match 15th


Dear colleagues and students,

We are looking forward to receive you for theSPSAS-Arbovirology, but before that we would like to remind you all that it is necessary and mandatory for everyone to have the Yellow Fever vaccine updated, especially to the colleagues who will participate in the practical classes. São José do Rio Preto is an active YFV transmission area.

Remind to have it at least 10 days before your trip.





Contact Us

Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto - FAMERP

Address: Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 15091-240 São José do Rio Preto

Phone: 55 (17) 3227-0148

E-mail: spsarbovirology@gmail.com