Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2002

For a complete list of the meetings for the upcoming/current season, see our meeting list, or search for a meeting.

HIV Pathogenesis: Recent Advances in the Biology and Pathogenesis of Primate Lentiviruses (X7)

Organizer(s) Mario Stevenson, Bryan R. Cullen, Beatrice H. Hahn and Ronald C. Desrosiers
April 5—11, 2002
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 13, 2001
Late Abstract Deadline:
Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 5, 2002

Summary of Meeting:
Steady advances are being made in understanding the functions of viral regulatory genes in virus replication and pathogenecity. However, there has been relatively little advance in attempting to exploit such regulatory proteins as antiviral targets. One goal of the meting would be to stimulate discussion on what regulatory protein functions could be exploited for antiviral strategies. Several emerging studies suggest that HIV-1 replication may persist in the host despite suppression of virus replication to below detectable limits by current plasma-based viral RNA assays. Thus, highly active antiretroviral therapy in its current form appears to be incapable of eradicating these reservoirs. The task ahead is to identify the nature of the persistent reservoir and to develop alternate strategies to more effectively control virus replication. In an attempt to establish the underlying basis for lymphocyte depletion in HIV-1 infection, investigators are taking various approaches to evaluate various aspects of the hematopoietic function, lymphocyte maturation, lymphocyte turnover and compartmentalization. These approaches are providing a more complete understanding of how primate lentiviruses affect lymphocyte depletion. In addition, these studies are providing important information on the processes that regulate hematopoiesis and lymphocyte function in humans. This information is critical to immune-based strategies to restore immune function in immunocompromised HIV-1 infected individuals. We believe that the meeting format will provide a unique opportunity for scientists with interests in AIDS immunology, virology and pathogenesis to be appraised of and to discuss the most exciting research developments and major problems in AIDS research. Such a forum does not exist outside of the National AIDS and Human Retrovirus meeting, however, the small size of the Keystone Symposium allows the intimacy in which scientific ideas can be exchanged and such an intimacy is not provided by the National AIDS meeting.

View Meeting Program


Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
NOTE: Please use the button above to Apply for a Scholarship


Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • 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

Application Process

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

Click here to start a scholarship application.

  See the Scholarship FAQ's

Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships are also available...
Please Click Here for more information about Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship.

  See the Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship FAQ's

If you have any questions, please contact