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HIV and Co-Infections: Pathogenesis, Inflammation and Persistence
joint with Tuberculosis: Translating Scientific Findings for Clinical and Public Health Impact
Organizer(s): Irini Sereti, Nicolas Chomont and Michaela Müller-Trutwin
Date: April 15 - 19, 2018
Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC, Canada
Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Summary of Meeting:
Better understanding of HIV pathogenesis is the cornerstone for advances in HIV prevention and vaccine design, long-term therapies and strategies for remission or eradication. Despite remarkable progress in the care of HIV-infected individuals and successful conversion of HIV into a chronic disease, gaps in knowledge regarding the mechanisms of evasion of immune responses, establishment of latency and persistence, pathways involved in chronic inflammation and the potential role of co-infections persist and hamper the design of targeted interventions. This meeting aims to: 1) Deepen understanding the mechanisms of establishment and maintenance of HIV reservoirs including viral evolution on ART, epigenetic regulations and metabolic states; 2) Provide updates on innovative strategies for HIV remission and control; 3) Determine the role of TB and other co-infections in inflammation and establishment of HIV viral reservoirs; and 4) Explore the pathways that induce chronic inflammation and the molecular interplays between inflammation and viral reservoirs in chronic HIV infection. The conference is novel because it is being paired with Keystone Symposia’s conference on “Tuberculosis: Translating Scientific Findings for Clinical and Public Health Impact.” Of the estimated 34 million people living with HIV in the world today, more than a third are also infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Important questions related to HIV pathogenesis including pathways of inflammation and establishment of reservoirs may be greatly influenced by TB and other co-infections. Inflammation and viral persistence are likely fueled by each other, which provides a rationale for addressing these two topics in the same conference. In addition, the meeting’s joint pairing with one dedicated to TB should facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and highlight the importance of TB in HIV pathogenesis and vice versa.
Global Health Travel Award Deadline: November 14 2017
Scholarship Deadline: December 13 2017
Discounted Abstract Deadline: December 13 2017
Abstract Deadline: January 11 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: February 15 2018
Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor(s) for generously supporting this meeting:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Pathogens and Immunity
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
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