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This meeting took place in 2003

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Twenty Years of HIV Research: From Discovery to Understanding (X2)

Organizer(s) Jay A. Levy, Alan L. Landay and Richard B. Gaynor
March 29—April 4, 2003
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 31, 2002
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Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 29, 2003

Sponsored by Abbott Laboratories

Summary of Meeting:
Research on HIV/AIDS has defined new biologic processes involving HIV accessory genes and novel host immune responses including innate and adaptive immune activities. Moreover, the recognition of recombinant viruses may prove a challenge to antiviral strategies. Current antiviral drugs have prolonged the life of infected people but the emergence of drug resistance and drug toxicities calls for new avenues, particularly immune-based therapies. Approaches for inducing protective immune responses against HIV can be helpful for therapy and vaccine development. The 2003 Keystone Symposium will be dedicated to the knowledge gained in the 20 years since the discovery of HIV. The conference will deal with major issues in viral pathogenesis and the host immune responses to the virus by bringing together pioneers, well-known scientists and young investigators dedicated to reviewing the progress made. The sessions will assess new findings and address novel approaches for arresting viral replication within the infected host and define new directions in therapy and prevention.

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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

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