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  • Frontiers of Retrovirology

    Thank you to all our delegates, speakers and organising committee!

    Delighted delegates explored the Frontiers of Retrovirology at BioMed Central’s first conference in Montpellier, France 21-23. This highly successful, well attended event brought together retrovirologists from 24 different countries to review current progress and to chart future challenges for finding a curative strategy for HIV/AIDS.

    All abstracts (oral and poster presentations) can be found on the Retrovirology website

    Photos from in and around the event and keynote presentations are available

  • Background

    Picture of Kuan-Teh Jeang Picture of Monsef Benkirane Picture of Matt McKay

    HIV affects 33 million individuals worldwide. To date, 25 million have died from AIDS. In 2007 alone, 2.7 million persons became newly infected with HIV-1, and 2 million new AIDS deaths were registered. A quarter century after the discovery of the HIV-1 virus, a curative or a vaccine strategy for AIDS remains elusive. This conference will bring together leading human retrovirus researchers to review current progress and to chart future challenges. Internationally renowned speakers will present their insights into the principles guiding the life cycle of endogenous retroelements, complex human retroviruses, and their pathogenic interactions with the hosts.

    Kuan-Teh Jeang
    Editor-in-Chief
    Retrovirology
    Monsef Benkirane
    Institut de Génétique Humaine CNRS
    Matt McKay
    BioMed Central
  • Conference Scope

    Frontiers of Retrovirology will bring together leading human retrovirus researchers to review current progress and to chart future challenges. Internationally renowned speakers will present their insights into the principles guiding the life cycle of endogenous retroelements, complex human retroviruses, and their pathogenic interactions with the hosts.

    Session 1: Evolution and the beneficial roles of retroelements
    Topic Areas:

    • Retroviruses evolution: common and specific features
    • Retroelements, from Drosophilia to humans
    • Syncytin and placenta formation
    • Evolution of host factors involved in retroviral pathogenesis
    • Marine viruses and global ecosystems


    Session 2: Restriction of Retroelements
    Topic Areas:

    • The fallout from crossing paths with cellular cytidine deaminases
    • Tetherin and HIV-1 restriction
    • Blocking HIV gene expression
    • Evolutionary model for defeating viral mimicry
    • Intracellular defence by small non coding RNA


    Session 3: Hijacking the cellular machinery
    Topic Areas:

    • Host factors and retroviruses
    • Genome wide screening for host factors
    • Cell to cell contact and virus spread
    • From integration to gene expression
    • Novel cellular processes that regulate post-transcriptional expression of HIV-1 transcripts
    • Retroviral RNA packaging
    • Conserved genes from yeast to human involved in retroelement transposition


    Session 4: Pathogenesis
    Topic Areas:

    • Overview of retroviral pathogenesis
    • Lentivirus and delta retrovirus pathogenesis
    • Retroelements and autoimmunity
    • HIV resistance
    • Animal models

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  • Audience

    Researchers, clinicians, decision leaders, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical policy makers who are interested in human retroviruses.

    Cutting edge presentations will be delivered by internationally renowned researchers. Short oral platform presentations and posters will be selected from registrants. A limited number of scholarships will be available.
  • BioMed Central

    BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com/ ) is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.
  • Organising Committee

    Picture of Ali Saib Ali Saib, Institut Universitaire d'Hematologie, Paris, France
    Picture of Ben Berkhout Ben Berkhout, Universiteit Van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Picture of Kuan-Teh Jeang Kuan-Teh Jeang, Bethesda, USA
    Picture of Matt McKay Matt McKay, BioMed Central, London, UK
    Picture of Monsef Benkirane Monsef Benkirane, Institut de Génétique Humaine, Montpellier, France
    Picture of Olivier Schwartz Olivier Schwartz, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
    Picture of Stephane Emiliani Stephane Emiliani, Institut Cochin, Paris France
  • Retrovirology Journal

    Retrovirology is an Open access, online journal that publishes stringently peer-reviewed, high-impact articles on basic retrovirus research.
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