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Protection from HIV: Targeted Intervention Strategies (X8)

Organizer(s) Mario Roederer, Carolyn Williamson and Robin Shattock
March 20—25, 2011
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 22, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 22, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 22, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 21, 2011

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sponsored by Sangamo BioSciences, Inc.

Summary of Meeting:
Biological efforts to prevent HIV infection center on four independent approaches: inducing adaptive immune responses through vaccination, augmenting innate responses, using peri-exposure prophylactic drug therapy, and developing microbicides and/or recombinant antiviral microbial products. While all four of these approaches have promise, they still require significant optimization and further clinical trials. Indeed, successful prevention of HIV infection will likely require a combination of these approaches. Such development efforts require a better understanding of viral and immunological events at the site of transmission. This Keystone Symposia meeting will have a focus on mucosal immunology as well as the interplay between the virus and innate and adaptive immune responses, particularly during the acute phase of the infection. Leading experts in the fields will discuss recent scientific advances in these varied approaches to preventing infection and present data from recent clinical trials testing their efficacy.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: November 22, 2010 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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