In June, the 8th Annual Workshop of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2) was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This year the ACH2 Workshop was attended by 124 delegates, including 40 students and preceded the 9th Asia-Pacific Congress for Medical Virology (APCMV) 2012, with an overlap morning on 6 June. 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. 66 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 Professor Benhur Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, on ‘Beyond coreceptor usage: how the efficiency of CD4/CCR5 usage impacts the pathogenic and biological phenotypes of HIV’. Unfortunately the HCV plenary was unable to attend at the very last moment.
The meeting was highlighted by excellent presentations from younger members of the HIV and Hepatitis research community.
The meeting was supported by our generous sponsors:
- Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2)
- Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology (ACHV)
- Young Achiever Support
- American society for Microbiology
- Biota Holdings Limited
- Gilead Sciences Pty. Ltd.
- MSD Hepatology
- Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
- Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research