Retrovirus Conference in Seattle February 24-28
February 22, 2002
The 9th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, sponsored by the Foundation for Retrovirology and Human Health in scientific collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be taking place February 24-28, 2002, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, in Seattle, WA. The Retrovirus Conference is a scientifically focused meeting of the world's leading HIV/AIDS researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications. The goal of the Retrovirus Conference is to provide a forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into medical applications. The subjects that will be highlighted at this year's Retrovirus are virology, immunology, vaccines, pathogenesis, disease mechanisms in humans and animal models, primary/acute infection, host-virus interactions, antiretroviral therapy (preclinical, clinical, complications, immune-based therapies, and treatment strategies), neuropathogenesis and neurologic complications, opportunistic infections, hepatitis virus co-infections, epidemiology and infection control, pediatrics/maternal-fetal studies, HIV infection in women/women's health, diagnostics, microbicides, and clinical pharmacology.
The meeting will feature 8 plenary lectures on topics ranging from immune system responses to HAART therapy to HIV-1 vaccine advances, 7 roundtable symposia that will present and debate controversial scientific issues in HIV, and over 800 original slide and poster presentations of new data that will consist of important preliminary research findings. The keynote lecture will be on "The role of philanthropy in fighting AIDS and improving global health" by Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. STEP will be providing in-depth coverage of the Retrovirus Conference during the week of February 25-March 1 in the next few Ezines and the next issue of the STEP Perspective. The Conference is fully registered, and there is no on-site registration. However, many of the lectures can be viewed on the Conference's excellent website: http://www.retroconference.org/2002/prelim.htm.
This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Ezine.