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2nd International Symposium on Virus Infection and Host Response: "(INFECTION + IMMUNITY) x EVOLUTION"

In 2014, the Kyoto University Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences (inFront) embarked on a five-year project to form an "international research network for virus infections and host responses", with support provided by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) under its Core-to-Core Program. The undertaking has involved active research exchange and collaboration over the past years between inFront and its project partners in the US, France, Germany, Belgium, and the UK toward the creation of a world-class research hub.

To share some of the outstanding results of these efforts, Kyoto University and Imperial College London — one of the participants in the inFront project — are holding their "2nd International Symposium on Virus Infection and Host Response" this March at the Embassy of Japan in the UK. The two-day conference will feature presentations by prominent researchers on their latest work and cutting-edge data with a general focus on "(INFECTION + IMMUNITY) x EVOLUTION".
  • Wednesday 06 March 2019 - Thursday 07 March 2019
Wednesday 6 March 2019: 13:00 -20:00 (Doors open at 12:15)
Thursday 7 March 2019: 10:00 -13:30 (Doors open at 9:30)
Embassy of Japan in the UK
Address: 101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT
Intended for
Students and researchers
Max attendees
100 (Registration will close when the number of applicants reaches 100.)

Wednesday 6 Match 2019

12:15-13:00 Reception
13:00-13:20 Opening remarks
Session 1
13:20-13:50 Yoshio Koyanagi
"Molecular dissection of HIV infection event"
13:50-14:20 Dong Sung An
"Genetic engineering of hematopoietic stem cells for HIV cure"
14:20–14:50 Masao Matsuoka
"Strategy and pathogenesis of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1"
14:50–15:20 Charles RM Bangham
"The human T-cell leukemia virus HTLV-1: Persistence and pathogenesis"
15:20–15:40 Coffee break
Session 2
15:40–16:10 Osamu Takeuchi
"Control of immune responses by ribonucleases"
16:10–16:40 Jean-Marc Reichhart
"DANGER signal activation of the Innate Immune System"
16:40–17:10 Takashi Fujita
"Light and Dark Sides of Antiviral Innate Immunity"
17:10–18:00 Caetano Reis e Sousa
"Antiviral RNA interference in mammals"
18:00–20:00 Poster session

Thursday 7 Match 2019

9:30–10:00 Reception
Session 3
10:00–10:30 Takeshi Noda
"Formation of influenza virus ribonucleoprotein complexes"
10:30–11:00 Martin Schwemmle
"Reverse genetic analysis of the newly discovered bat influenza A-like viruses"
11:00–11:30 Keizo Tomonaga
"An endogenous bornavirus-derived long noncoding RNA suppresses exogenous viral infection by regulating histone pre-mRNA processing"
11:30–11:50 Coffee break
Session 4
11:50–12:20 Francis Jiggins
"Parallel adaptation of rabbit populations to myxoma virus"
12:20–12:50 Marco Vignuzzi
"Good and bad neighbourhoods in viral sequence space: Monitoring, predicting, altering and targeting virus evolution"
12:50–13:20 Raul Andino
"Intrahost RNA virus evolution: experimental-guided mathematical modeling"
13:20–13:30 Closing remarks

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Free of charge
Registration deadline
Tuesday 5 March 2019
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