Every year in September, the HIV Cure Research Center organized a lively HIV-oriented symposium in the picturesque city of Ghent, Belgium. Since the pandemic outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in 2020, the lab has also invested heavily in the initiation of key research in COVID-19. Therefore, for the second year in a row, we decided to organize an HIV and SARS-CoV-2 hybrid symposium, which will take place the 21nd of October. During this symposium we will discuss key aspects of SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis and HIV cure.

We walk you through the basic principles of SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis, pathophysiology and SARS-CoV-2 protection by vaccination. In addition, we focus on HIV reservoirs and cure.
The HIV and SARS-CoV-2 hybrid symposium will comprehensively summarize the state of the art in COVID-19 and HIV cure strategies.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The HIV Cure Research Center invites you to submit abstracts for oral presentations for the HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Hybrid Symposium to be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Roularta Center, Zellik, Belgium or online. The length of abstracts for presentations should not exceed 350 words. Ten minutes will be foreseen for each oral presentation.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 10, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be made on September 24, 2021. Please send abstracts as Pdf document to Karen Vervisch, karen.vervisch@uzgent.be by September 10.

Program

COVID-19 PATHOGENESIS- Chaired by TBC
09.00 - 09.05

Welcome and Introduction

Linos Vandekerckhove, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

09.05 - 09.30

Lessons learned after 18 months SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Steven Van Gucht, Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium

Q&A

09.30 - 09.55

SARS-CoV-2 spread through the human body

Jolien Van Cleemput, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Q&A

09.55 - 10.20

Poster Session

TBC

Q&A

10.20 - 10.45

Break

COVID-19 VACCINATION - Chaired by TBC
10.45 - 11.10

Response of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination towards variants

Isabel Leroux-Roels,  Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Q&A

11.10 - 11.35

Role of innate immunity in SARS-CoV-2 vaccination

TBC

Q&A

11.35 - 12.00

Poster Session

TBC

Q&A

12.00 - 13.00

Break/Satellite Symposium

HIV RESERVOIR
13.00 - 13.25

How to assess the micro environment of the HIV reservoir

Jacob Estes, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon, US

Q&A

13.25 - 13.50

Next generation multiplex assays for assessement of HIV intactness

Linos Vandekerckhove, Ghent University and Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

Q&A

13.50 - 14.15

Poster Session

TBC

Q&A

14.15 - 14.30

Break

HIV CURE - Chaired by TBC
14.30 - 14.55

Engineering the immune system for HIV Cure

Paula Cannon, University of Southern California, California, US

Q&A

14.55 - 15.20

Current efforts towards a cure based on bNAb's

Sarah Fidler, Imperial College London, London, UK

Q&A

15.20 - 15.45

Poster Session

TBC

Q&A

15.45 - 16.00

Break

16.00 - 16.15

Closing and voting results

Linos Vandekerckhove, Ghent University and Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

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