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2nd International Symposium on RNA virus persistence: mechanisms and consequences

RNA virus persistence meeting: mechanisms and consequences

August, 23 - 25, 2018, Institute of Virology, Medical Center - University of Freiburg

Mechanisms and consequences of RNA virus persistent infections:

It is generally assumed that following acute infection RNA viruses are effectively cleared by the immune system. However, an increasing number of observations indicate that the majority of acute infections can result in the establishment of persistent infection. Many of these infections undergo undetected and the consequences for their animal and human hosts are not well understood. Furthermore, the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases may be determined by persistent infections in the human community as well as in wild and domestic animal populations, potentially increasing the zoonotic potential of some viruses. Establishing persistent infection likely involves a number of molecular, cellular and immunological determinants, including the genetics of the viruses, the genetics of their hosts and potential new host species, and many environmental factors, such as other microorganisms.  

The purpose of this two-day conference is bringing together scientists working on many different viruses to address and extensively discuss underlying general and specific questions concerning the mechanisms and consequences of persistent RNA virus infections with an emphasis on zoonotic aspects.    

Organizing committee: 

Prof. Dr. Martin Schwemmle
Institute of Virology
Medical Center - University of Freiburg

Dr. Dennis Rubbenstroth, PhD
Institute of Virology
Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Prof. Raul Andino
Microbiology and Immunology
University Clinic San Francisco

Confirmed speakers:

Raul Andino, University Clinic San Francisco, USA
Megan Baldridge, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA
Stephan Becker, University of Marburg, Germany
Martin Beer, Friedrich Loeffler Institute, Greifswald-Riems, Germany
Cornelia Bergmann, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, USA
Kenneth Cadwell, New York University School of Medicine, USA
Klaus Conzelmann, University Ludwig Maximilian Munich, Germany
Dianne Griffin, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Benhur Lee, Mount Sinai, New York, USA
Marcel Müller, Charité, Berlin, Germany
Daniel Pinschewer, University of Basel, Switzerland
Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Bernhardt Nocht Institute, Hamburg, Germany
Eric Snyder, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Norbert Tautz, University of Lübeck, Germany
Volker Thiel, University of Bern, Switzerland
Keizo Tomonaga, Kyoto University, Japan

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