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Viruses & Cells
Gordon Research Conference

Biology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Viral Infections


May 14-19, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Blossom Damania

Vice Chair:
Julie Pfeiffer

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by April 16, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2017 Viruses and Cells GRC, the premier conference in the field of virology, will cover seminal topics in virology ranging from viral entry and structure to virus-host interactions, viral replication, immune responses to viral infection, and viral therapeutics.

The 2017 meeting will be held at Renaissance Tuscany, Il Ciocco, Lucca (Barga), Italy, from May 14-19, 2017. The conference is an interactive forum which brings together investigators at the forefront of the field, junior investigators launching their independent research careers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and investigators from NIH and industry. The conference strives to represent a collegial environment that supports the discussion of novel ideas and fosters new collaborations.

Invited speakers will present novel and cutting edge findings in the field of virology. Topics will include: viral structure and entry, the immune response to viral infection, viral evasion of host immunity, viral replication and persistence, viral pathogenesis, virus-host interactions, modulation of cellular pathways by viruses, viruses and cancer, and viral therapeutics. Session chairs who are experts on the topic covered in each session will lead interactive, lively, and open discussions following each presentation.

In addition to each of the invited speakers, short talks will be chosen from the abstracts that are submitted to the meeting at the time of registration. Abstracts that highlight the most exciting and new developments in the field of virology will be selected for short talks, and the remainder of the abstracts will be selected as posters. The evening poster sessions are a prominent and important aspect of this conference providing yet another opportunity for participants to interact and discuss their research findings in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Viruses & Cells" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by January 14, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Virus Structure and Entry
    (Michael Imperiale, Kartik Chandran / Sean Whelan / Richard Longnecker / Felix Rey / Ari Helenius)
  • The Immune Response to Viral Infection
    (Ralph Baric, Carolina Lopez / Herbert Virgin / Zhijian James Chen / Ana Fernandez-Sesma / Charles Rice)
  • Viral Replication and Persistence
    (Andrew Pekosz, Laurie Krug / Ronald Desrosiers / Carolyn Coyne / Rolf Renne / Stacey Schultz-Cherry)
  • Viral Pathogenesis
    (Lynn Enquist, Matt Evans / Lisa Ng / Mya Breitbart / Christiane Wobus / Julie Overbaugh)
  • Virus-Host Interactions
    (Micah Luftig, Chris Sullivan / Rozanne Sandri-Goldin / Kanta Subbarao / Nels Elde)
  • Viral Evasion of Host Immunity
    (Melanie Brinkmann, Stacy Horner / Soren Paludan / Mark Heise / Joanna Shisler)
  • Modulation of Cellular Pathways by Viruses
    (Britt Glaunsinger / Joan Steitz / Carla Saleh / Felicia Goodrum)
  • Viruses and Cancer
    (Robert Yarchoan / Yuan Chang / Lou Laimins / Erle Robertson / Ethel Cesarman)
  • Viral Therapeutics and Vaccines
    (Terence Dermody, Sankar Swaminathan / Michael Gale / Matthais Gromeier / Matthew Frieman)
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