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This meeting took place in 2003

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HIV Vaccine Development: Immunological and Biological Challenges (X1)

Organizer(s) Richard A. Koup, David C. Montefiori and Brigitte Autran
March 29—April 4, 2003
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 31, 2002
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Early Registration Deadline: Jan 29, 2003

Sponsored by Wyeth Vaccines Research

Summary of Meeting:
Our efforts to curtail the worldwide spread of HIV infection are bolstered by the fact that we now have new information on the molecular and immunological basis of HIV infection. An intimate understanding of immunological control of HIV, and mechanisms by which HIV escapes that control, form the basis of developing novel strategies to prevent infection and disease. Many new vaccine products are now being tested in animal and human trials. Unlike other infections that have been prevented by vaccination, HIV specifically infects and destroys a key component of the immune response to intracellular pathogens. In addition, HIV is exquisitely capable of evading neutralizing antibody responses. All attempts to eliminate HIV from infected individuals have failed. The overall goal of this symposium will be to integrate the newest information on the molecular and cellular biology of HIV infection, the immune response to that infection, and the results of clinical trials of vaccine products. The program will identify the advances that have been made, and the challenges that remain, in developing a vaccine against HIV. The interaction between basic and applied scientists will foster accelerated research and development on HIV vaccines.

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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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