WHO member states adopt global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer

14 August 2020 This week WHO DG Dr. Tedros Adhanom and ADG Dr. Princess Nothemba Simelela announced that the global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer has been adopted by WHO Member States.  This is an exciting step forward! In terms of eliminating cervical cancer, we’ve moved from a WHO call to action, to a global […]

Interview with Dr. Laura Koutsky, winner of the 2020 Maurice Hilleman Award

Today at IPVC 2020, IPVS and the EUROGIN scientific committee will present the 2020 Hilleman Award to a highly appropriate awardee, Dr. Laura Koutsky, MSPH, PhD, recognized internationally for her research on HPV and the diseases it causes.  Beginning in the late 1980s, Dr. Koutsky focused on the epidemiology of HPV itself, the understanding of […]

The Legacy of Maurice Hilleman & the Award in his Honor

Most people could not tell you who Maurice Hilleman was, although his contribution to medical science has been incredible.  If he were still alive today at 101 years of age, according to those who knew him, this anonymity would probably not concern him too much. The medical profession remembers him.  Maurice Hilleman was towering figure […]

IPVC 2020 – News update

IPVC 2020 – the 33rd IPVS conference, is just days away, starting on July 20th and finishing July 24th in the virtual world. Organizing our first fully virtual IPVS conference has been an interesting and stimulating but challenging experience, offering new possibilities and advantages for communication of the science. We are delighted with the high […]

Obituary Rosita Accardi-Gheit

It is with much sadness and our sincere condolences that we share the following message from Dr. Massimo Tommasino of the IARC: Dear colleagues, With heartfelt regret, we wish to share with the IPVS membership the very sad news that Dr. Rosita Maria Accardi-Gheit of the International Agency for Research on Cancer passed away unexpectedly […]

Obituary for Prof. Dr. Karl Ulrich Petry

It is with the deepest sadness that we report the passing of Professor Karl Ulrich Petry, a most distinguished German gynaecological oncologist known to his friends and colleagues just as Ulli.  Ulli Petry was a valued friend and colleague; his loss will be felt most deeply by the HPV community and to his patients for […]

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) extends deadline for grant applications

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases has extended the application deadline for projects focused on the implementation of research proposals for primary and/or secondary cancer prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Investigators from all low- and middle-income countries are encouraged to submit applications. More details about these funding opportunities, including eligibility criteria, are available […]

IPVC 2020 Going Virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our model of face-to-face meetings as authorities have imposed travel restrictions and physical distancing which are increasingly stringent. To adapt to the current situation, we decided to transform the 33rd International Papillomavirus Conference & Basic Science, Clinical and Public Health Workshops into a fully virtual conference. This will offer our community […]

Obituary for Dra Paula Gonzalez

Dear Friends and Colleagues, It is with great sadness that we communicate the passing of Dr Paula Gonzalez Maya (1975-2020), after a long and brave battle against lung cancer. After arriving from her native Colombia, she worked as an HPV epidemiologist in Costa Rica for nearly 20 years. Paula began her research activities in 2001 as […]


Dear Friends and Colleagues, Following the latest COVID-19 developments and given that the Catalonian authorities have ruled that there can be no major meetings of medical professionals held in Catalonia in the near future, IPVC 2020 will be postponed. We are working on moving the conference to Monday 20 – Friday 24 July 2020 in the expectation […]