In June, the 6th Annual Scientific Workshop of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2) was held at the Sebel Heritage, Yarra Valley.  This year the Workshop was attended by 132 delegates, including 45 students.  The Workshop continued the intimate theme where research from both HIV and Hepatitis researchers is presented and discussed with the prospect of networking and future collaborations.  89 presentations were given on categories such as Virus Entry and Replication, Pathogenesis, Methods, Vaccines, Therapy and Drug Resistance, and Virus/Host interactions.  A Clinical Session was introduced and included 4 clinical talks on HIV and HCV.

The HIV plenary was delivered by Professor Mario Stevenson, University of Massachusetts, USA, on ‘Counteracting Forces in the replication of HIV-1’.  The HCV plenary was presented by Associate Professor Michael Gale Jr., University of Washington, USA on ‘Mechanisms of nonself recognition of hepatitis C virus and immune signalling regulation of HCV infection’.

The meeting was highlighted by excellent presentations from younger members of the HIV and Hepatitis research community.  Breakfast with the Professor was very successful with 15 students attending breakfast with Professor Stevenson and 15 students with Professor Gale.

The Workshop was generously supported by:

Diamond Support

Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2)

Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology (ACHV)

Gold Support

Gilead Sciences Pty. Ltd.

Silver Support

Olympus Australia

Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF)

Siemens

Young Achiever Support

Biota

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Sapphire Bioscience

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)

Burnet Institute