These Proceedings present a record of fundamental and practical scientific advances representing the latest progress aimed towards understanding and conquering the devastating international effects of viral gastroenteritis. During the three days between June 28 and June 30, 1995, scientists from around the world gathered in the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan, to become a relatively secluded group of people in the forest, or “Nidom” as described by the Ainu or early native settlers of this beautiful region of the world. This retreat from daily research activities in a place where Leonard Bernstein came to rejuvenate his musical creativity resulted in the presentation of outstanding new research achievements, and a renewal of scientific creativity. Artistic creativity also emerged as illustrated in a painting of the meeting site which is striking as a record of the uniqueness and beauty of this Northern hideaway in Japan (Fig. 1).
KeywordsVaccine Efficacy Viral Agent Artistic Creativity Closing Remark Large Scale Epidemiologic Study
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