The following announcement/invitation was issued April 30 via Co-Cure Listserv by an international organizing committee. Sponsors include the National Institutes of Health and Virology Education, a Washington, DC-based medical education organizer.
It is with great pleasure that we announce a new initiative in the field of XMRV research, the "1st International Workshop on XMRV: Pathogenesis, Clinical and Public Health Implications." This workshop will be held on September 7-8 this year [on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (near Washington, DC)].
The objective of this scientific conference is to assemble an international group of scientists, physicians and epidemiologists to present and discuss, in a public forum, the latest XMRV studies on a range of topics including virus-host interactions, cell type tropism, mode of transmission, animal models and the efficacy of current antiretroviral drugs.
This meeting will offer an interactive setting where the latest developments in the field can be presented in order to evaluate the state of our knowledge, address controversies, and develop an understanding between experts that will help direct future research.
This workshop will be co-sponsored by the NIH and will be organized by Virology Education.
We would highly value your attendance at this workshop and look forward to welcoming you at this very important XMRV Workshop in September 2010.
The Organizing Committee
Charles Boucher, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
John Coffin, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD, USA
Stewart Le Grice, NIH, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD, USA
Robert Silverman, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA
Jonathan Stoye, National Institute for Medical Research, UK
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