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Molecular Evolution as a Driving Force in Infectious Diseases
Organizer(s): Jeffery K. Taubenberger, Edward C. Holmes and Thomas S. Whittam
Date: April 08 - 13, 2008
Location: Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO, USA
Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Summary of Meeting:
Infectious diseases have been a key driving force in evolution, both of the hosts and the pathogens. The era of genomics has made it possible to evaluate both infectious agents and their hosts at the genomic level. The evolutionary dynamics of viruses, bacteria and parasites, in their adaptive evolution to changes in host response or adaptation to new hosts is enormously complex. The burden of infectious diseases on people and domestic animals is staggering. We are only now beginning to achieve an understanding of how infectious organisms cause disease and how the complex patterns of immune response generated by their infections mitigate it. By bringing together experts in the evolution of viruses, bacteria and parasites, plus those studying host adaptation and evolution of the immune response, we hope that this meeting will stimulate further interaction between widely disparate lines of investigation.
Global Health Travel Award Deadline: November 12 2007
Scholarship Deadline: December 10 2007
Discounted Abstract Deadline: December 10 2007
Abstract Deadline: January 14 2008
Discounted Registration Deadline: February 11 2008
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationBurroughs Wellcome Fund
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1R13AI078558-01

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 5U13AI60000-05
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