The 20th Annual International Meeting of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is being held from October 21-25, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. This year, among other viral and cancer-related topics, the meeting is holding special sessions on the 40th anniversary of discovery of the first human retrovirus, Human T cell Leukemia Virus (HTLV), and the 15th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The IHV’s Annual International Meeting attracts hundreds of elite scientists who descend upon Baltimore to share ideas and inspire medical virus research collaborations. “Our meeting is designed to highlight cutting-edge science and provide a platform for provocative discussion,” said Robert C. Gallo (photo), MD, The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine, Co-founder and Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Co-founder and Director of the Global Virus Network (GVN). “It is clear from yesterday’s session that there is still much research needed forty years since announcing our discovery of HTLV-1 at a Cold Spring Harbor meeting. It is my hope that governments far and wide will recognize this need and provide the resources needed. I am looking forward to hearing about the enormous success of PEPFAR during our special sessions tomorrow, and about the lessons learned which could potentially be applicable to the HTLV pandemic today.” The meeting program’s organization was led by Man Charurat, PhD, Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of the IHV at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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