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Conference highlights of the 15th international conference on human retrovirology: HTLV and related retroviruses, 4-8 june 2011, Leuven, Gembloux, Belgium

Fabiola Martin1*, Charles RM Bangham2, Vincenzo Ciminale3, Michael D Lairmore4, Edward L Murphy5, William M Switzer6 and Renaud Mahieux78*

Author Affiliations

1 Centre for Immunology and Infection, Department of Biology, Hull and York Medical School, University of York, York, UK

2 Department of Immunology, Wright-Fleming Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK

3 Department of Oncology and Surgical Sciences and Istituto Oncologico Veneto-Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS), Padova, Italy

4 Department of Veterinary Biosciences; Centre for Retrovirus Research; and Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The Arthur James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

5 University of California San Francisco and Blood Systems Research Institute, San Francisco, California, USA

6 Laboratory Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA

7 Retroviral Oncogenesis Laboratory, INSERM-U758 Human Virology, 69364 Lyon cedex 07, France

8 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 69364 Lyon cedex 07, France

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Retrovirology 2011, 8:86  doi:10.1186/1742-4690-8-86

Published: 28 October 2011


The June 2011 15th International Conference on Human Retrovirology: HTLV and Related Viruses marks approximately 30 years since the discovery of HTLV-1. As anticipated, a large number of abstracts were submitted and presented by scientists, new and old to the field of retrovirology, from all five continents. The aim of this review is to distribute the scientific highlights of the presentations as analysed and represented by experts in specific fields of epidemiology, clinical research, immunology, animal models, molecular and cellular biology, and virology.