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This meeting took place in 2006

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Pathogen-Host Standoff: Persistent and Latent Infection (J1)

Organizer(s) Edward S. Mocarski Jr. and JoAnne L. Flynn
January 5—10, 2006
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 13, 2005
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 3, 2005
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 13, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 4, 2005

Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Exciting current research: - Common host immune mechanisms interface with a variety of microbes. - Immune modulation and evasion strategies still expanding in scope. - Immune response does not equal clearance; protective immunity still being defined. Problems in the field: - How to effectively enhance an immune response to eliminate an organism that has evolved to be persistent in the host. - How to integrate information about the immune response to acute disease in the context of chronic and latent infections. - How to categorize the persistent or latent state of a pathogen, and determine the genetic components that contribute to latency. - Bring together scientists from different fields to think about the concepts of latency and persistence, and share ideas from different fields. Goals: - Understand common themes in latent microbial infections, regardless of whether a virus, bacterium, parasite, worm, or fungus. - Contrast differences in immunologic memory during acute, chronic and latent infection (important in design of vaccine or treatment strategies). - Understand common immune mechanisms controlling latent or persistent microbes. - Identify strategies by which pathogens escape detection or elimination by the immune system, and design strategies to circumvent these pathogens (vaccine or drug development).

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Scholarship Deadline: September 13, 2005 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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