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Med Beat: Roanoke lands international medical conference

Med Beat: Roanoke lands international medical conference

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Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine will host an international medical conference in 2019.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine was selected by the International Association of Medical Science Educators to host its annual conference in June 2019.

The meeting is expected to bring about 500 basic scientists and physicians from around the world to Roanoke. This is the second major medical conference to come to the city since the founding of the medical school.

Richard Vari, the school’s senior dean for academic affairs, is serving as president of the international association in 2018 and 2019.

“The event organizers saw the school successfully hosted a large conference a few years ago, the 2015 Collaboration Across Borders conference, which attracted nearly 700 health-care professionals from across North America to Roanoke, and felt confident we could accommodate this annual meeting,” Vari said in a news release. “I look forward to bringing my peers to the place I’ve called home for the last decade and give them greater exposure to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and our key partners.”

About 750 health care providers attended the 2015 conference, Roanoke’s first medical convention.

The international association’s conference this year will be held in Las Vegas. In previous years it was hosted in the U.S. by medical schools including those with University of Vermont, Vanderbilt University, Cleveland Clinic and Georgetown University, and by medical centers in the Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Guadalajara, Mexico.

The medical school worked with the city, the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center as the conference host site, other hotels for lodging, and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport to put together the proposal.

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