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Pathogenesis of Influenza: Virus-Host Interactions (E3)

Organizer(s) Siamon Gordon, Malik Peiris and Kanta Subbarao
May 23—28, 2011
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers • Kowloon, Hong Kong China
Abstract Deadline: Jan 21, 2011
Late Abstract Deadline: Feb 22, 2011
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 21, 2011
Early Registration Deadline: Mar 22, 2011

Organized in Collaboration with The University of Hong Kong as part of its Centenary Celebrations;
also made possible by an Area of Excellence in Influenza grant
funded by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong

Summary of Meeting:
The mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of influenza remain controversial. The direct cytopathic effects of viral replication, tissue tropism of the virus, viral-bacterial synergy, as well as innate host responses are inextricably linked and play roles to varying degrees in “seasonal,” zoonotic and pandemic influenza, examples being the pandemics of 1918 and 2009 and H5N1 avian influenza. Animal models, though indispensible, have significant limitations with regard to physiological relevance to human disease. The current symposium brings together researchers working on the virus, viral receptors and tissue tropism, innate and adaptive immunity, systems biology and clinical aspects of lung injury and host defense, to address questions on the pathogenesis of influenza. The aim will be to integrate data from animal and ex vivo / in vitro human experimental models as well as human disease to understand pathogenesis of influenza and how this may lead to effective interventions. As this symposium will take place in the aftermath of the first pandemic in 40 years, there will be a wealth of new knowledge as well as intense scientific interest in the subject. In view of the particular interest in influenza and other viral respiratory diseases generated in the Asia-Pacific region arising from the avian flu H5N1 and SARS experience, situating the meeting in Hong Kong would be particularly appropriate.

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