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MEETING CANCELLED: HIV Pathogenesis and Cure (X6)


Organizer(s) Robert F. Siliciano, Carine M. Van Lint and Romas Geleziunas
March 22—26, 2020
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 20, 2019
Abstract Deadline: Dec 18, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 20, 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 23, 2020

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.


Summary of Meeting:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV) is the cause of a global pandemic that has a very high mortality rate, with an estimated 35 million deaths to date. In addition, another 37 million people are currently living with HIV infection and will likely succumb from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) without lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART). Optimal ART can halt viral replication, thereby preventing disease progression and allowing immune reconstitution. However, ART is not curative due the persistence of a latent form of the virus. This latent form is the major barrier to cure and the subject of an intense international research effort. Along with efforts to develop an HIV vaccine, targeting the HIV latent reservoir is a major priority for AIDS research. Achieving a better understanding of the basic biology of HIV infection is likely to be essential to HIV cure efforts. This conference will bring together scientists studying basic aspects of HIV virology as well as investigators working directly on the cure problem. Immune-based strategies to eliminate infected cells are an important component of many cure strategies, providing a logical connection to hold the joint conference on HIV Vaccines. This pairing will provide a unique opportunity to bring together basic and translational immunologists and virologists to consider the challenging goal of curing HIV infection. In addition to joint sessions focusing on exciting new developments in the study of antibody and T cell responses to HIV and novel technologies that will aid future studies of HIV biology, sessions also include basic mechanisms of HIV integration and transcriptional control, strategies for reversing latency and eliminating infected cells, and trials of novel cure strategies in animal models and in patients on ART. The goal of this conference is to bring together an amalgamation of basic and applied scientists working on functional cures and eradication of HIV in an effort to not only better understand HIV treatment strategies but also the emerging technologies and approaches that will lead to the eventual eradication of HIV from infected individuals.

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Scholarships/Awards


Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients


Amanda M. Brown
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Hemalatha Babu
National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, India

Oluseye O. Bolaji
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Bronwyn Elizabeth Bosch
University of the Witwatersrand RHI, South Africa

Ricardo C. Castro
Universidad São Paulo, Brazil

Dibya Ghimire
South Asian University, India

Esayas Kebede Gudina
Jimma University, Ethiopia

Nametso Kelentse
University of Botswana, Botswana

Romsha Kumar
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Yangyang LI
Tsinghua University, China

Namani Thelma Ngema
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sophy Ngom-wegi
Uganda Virus Research Institute, Uganda

Blessing Jachinma Okonko
Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

Fatai Olatunde Olanrewaju
Obafemi Awolowo University/Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Co, Nigeria

Vainav Patel
National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, India

Livia Ramos Goes
Instituto Nacional de Cancer, Brazil

Yada Tansiri
King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand

Derrick Tembi Efie
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Cameroon

Saheed Opeyemi Usman
APIN Public Health Initiatives, Nigeria

Shariq Mahmood Usmani
Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

The Moos-Miller Fund Recipients
Funded by The Moos-Miller Fund


Marius Belmondo Tincho
University of Cape Town, South Africa