World Lecture Course

European Molecular Biology Organization


partners in pathogenicity






23 - 26 February | 2010 | San Jose| Costa Rica

About the Conference Series

* Registration closes on October 30th, 2009

We hope to able to give a few scholarships to students: applicants must provide an Abstract and indicate if they require financial



By necessity, viruses must resort to host cells for their amplification, since they rely on the host machineries for the synthesis of their proteins and efficient multiplication of their genome.


This assault of the cell frequently leads to pathogenesis and debilitation of the host. However for successful virus amplification, an equilibrium must be reached between the virus and its host partner.

Of the vast number of emerging viral diseases that are known today, many constitute major threats to the tropical regions of the world. It is therefore important for scientists active in these regions to be familiar with major characteristics of these viruses, their molecular biology, hosts, vectors, pathogenesis and control.

The EMBO World Lecture Course will focus on recent progress made in examining the interplay between some well-studied plant and animal viruses and their hosts. It will emphasize:

  1. Competition between virus and host for factors subverted by the virus for its multiplication, and will include virus entry, replication, assembly and release from the infected cell
  2. Host defense mechanisms against viruses, including immune response and RNA silencing
  3. Viral strategies to counteract host defense responses
  4. Emerging viruses

The World Lecture Course will be directed in particular toward advanced Ph. D. students and post-docs, and will involve about 100 participants. Because the focus is on training, the course will include introductory lectures by invited speakers who are leaders in their fields, followed by advanced research presentations by invited speakers and selected participants.

The World Lecture Course should lead scientists to a better awareness of virus diseases and how to control their expansion. It will therefore help the local scientific community in promoting collaborations with scientists of other countries that may be faced with similar problems, and it may help them orient their research.

Finally we intend to provide students and post-doctoral participants with opportunities for career development and mentoring by meeting experts in their fields.

We look forward to welcoming you in Costa Rica!

The Organisers




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