The Rabies in the Americas (RITA) meeting is an annual event that has been held since 1990. It has been hosted in many countries across the Americas. For many years, RITA has grown in popularity and prominence with delegates now coming from more than 20 countries across five continents. 

The meeting provides an opportunity for researchers, health professionals, international, national and local managers of rabies programs, wildlife biologists, laboratory personnel and other people interested in advancing knowledge of rabies surveillance, prevention and control, to meet each other, to share their successes and also to discuss the challenges to be met.

RITA 30th Annual Conference
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
October 27-31, 2019

Rabies Webinar 0900-1230 HR, CDT, November 1, 2019
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During 2018, the World Health Organization released new recommendations on human rabies prophylaxis, based in part upon information supplied by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) group. This free webinar is an opportunity for global biomedical professionals to learn about these current guidelines, acquire up-to-date information about novel rabies biologics, regimens and routes, and understand various disease prevention aspects from a clinical, local, national, public health, regulatory and scientific perspective. Audience participation, both in attendance at the RITA Conference and connecting remotely, is encouraged.

9:00 Welcome & Opening Comments – Moderator, Dr. Charles E. Rupprecht, LYSSA LLC

9:10 The 2018 WHO/SAGE Position on Human Rabies Prophylaxis – Dr. Lea Knopf, World Health Organization

9:30 Updating the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice Recommendations for Prevention of Human Rabies–United States 2018-present – Dr. Agam K. Rao, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States

9:50 Interpretation of International and National Guidelines on Human Rabies Prophylaxis by Clinicians – Dr. Stephen Scholand, Rabies Free World

10:10 BREAK

10:30 Regulatory Considerations for Current and Future Rabies Virus Biological Products – Dr. Robin Levis, Food and Drug Administration, United States

10:50 Immune Responses to Conventional and Experimental Rabies Vaccines – Dr. Gundi Ertl, The Wistar Institute

11:10 New Human Rabies Biologics on the Horizon? – Dr. Lorraine McElhinney,
Animal and Plant Health Agency, United Kingdom



dRIT Workshop
October 26, 2019 (half day in the morning)
Kansas State University Olathe Campus, Kansas, USA

Direct, Rapid Immunohistochemical Test (dRIT) is a field test for surveillance and evaluation for the detection of the rabies virus antigen in brain tissue. Registered participants will have the opportunity to learn about dRIT and to perform the dRIT testing.

Registration is limited.

Registering participants must have received rabies prophylaxis and show proof of a current adequate titer response at the time of registration.

Workshop registration is $150 USD per participant. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received.
Register today at this link!