In June, the 7th Annual Scientific Workshop of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2) was held at the Novotel Twin Waters on the NSW Sunshine Coast.  The Workshop was attended by 90 delegates, including 39 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.  74 presentations were given on categories such as Virus Entry and Replication, Pathogenesis, Methods, Vaccines, Therapy and Drug Resistance, and Virus/Host interactions.  

The HIV plenary was delivered by Associate Professor Paula Cannon, PHD, University of Southern California, USA, on ‘A stem cell therapy for HIV based on CCR5 gene knockout – and how to get this into the clinic’.  The HCV plenary was presented by Dr. John McLauchlan, University of Glasgow, UK on ‘Hiding between the sheets – Insights into HCV replication’.

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 Cannon and 15 students with Professor McLauchlan.

The meeting was supported by our generous sponsors:

Diamond Support

Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2)

Queensland Health

Silver Support

 Miltenyi Biotec Australia Pty. Ltd.

MSD Schering-Plough Pty. Ltd.

Young Achiever Support

Australian Genome Research Facility

Biota Holdings Limited

Burnet Institute

Integrated Sciences

Sapphire Bioscience Pty. Ltd.

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory

Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research