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This meeting took place in 2014

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Innate Immunity to Viral Infections (J6)

Organizer(s) Caetano Reis e Sousa, Kate A. Fitzgerald and Charles M. Rice
January 19—24, 2014
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Oct 9, 2013
Abstract Deadline: Oct 31, 2013
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 9, 2013
Discounted Registration Deadline: Nov 19, 2013

Sponsored by Roche

Summary of Meeting:
Viruses pose a unique problem from the perspective of innate immunity in that they are biochemically similar to the host. This similarity has forced the evolution of specialized immune recognition mechanisms for detecting virus infection and of unique mechanisms for restricting virus replication. As such, innate immunity to viruses overlaps with that utilized for defense against other organisms but also displays key differences that are often overlooked in more general meetings on innate immunity. This meeting will highlight the similarities and differences in antiviral defense across vertebrate and non-vertebrate species. It aims to bring together specialists in virology, immunology and pathogenesis to discuss the mechanisms involved in virus/host discrimination, the effector responses involved in restricting virus spread and the impact of innate antiviral immunity on disease. The symposium will create the first forum for exchange of ideas between virologists, immunologists and clinicians, offering a unique opportunity for these disparate research communities to come together and look at antiviral immunity from the perspective of contemporary medicine and biology. Importantly, this meeting will take place concurrently with the symposium on "Pathogenesis of Respiratory Viruses." Joint plenary sessions and synergistic interactions between both meetings will further contribute to the development of an integrated view of viral disease, immunity and pathogenesis.

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Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Romain Bouziat
Genentech, Inc., USA

Rachel Elizabeth Rigby
University of Oxford, UK

Ruth Elizabeth Watkinson
Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Nadia M. Hunte
Georgia State University, USA

The Elkes Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Maroof Hasan
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Switzerland