Honorary Symposium for Prof. Hans Will September 26th -27th, Hamburg, Germany

Montag, 04. Juni 2012

From Genomes to Epigenomes: Viral Playgrounds and Therapeutic Targets

The Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology, is organizing a 2-day international symposium connecting scientific research fields of virology, nuclear structure and epigenetics.  The goal of this interdisciplinary symposium is to enhance the understanding of virus-host interactions and to promote innovative ideas for the development of antiviral therapies.

Talks will cover the cell biology of Hepatitis viruses and the mechanisms leading to viral disease, chronic hepatitis and liver cancer. A major emphasis will be placed on the different nuclear processes of the host cell, including nuclear protein dynamics, apoptosis, gene regulation and epigenetic changes, which impact viral life cycles and disease progression. The role of PML bodies will be discussed, which are targeted by many different viruses during an infection and are prime sites of virus-host interactions.  These talks will give insight into the complexity and precision of viral strategies in manipulating the host cell. Furthermore, different aspects for the development of antiviral strategies and therapies will also be discussed.



Anne Dejean, France
Ralf Bartenschlager, Germany
Wolfram Gerlich, Germany
Thomas Cremer, Germany
Peter Becker, Germany
Jörn Walter, Germany
Marie Annick Buendia, France
Massimo Levrero, Italy
Maurizia Brunetto, Italy
Peter Hemmerich, Germany
Thomas Hofmann, Germany
Tilman Heise, USA
Rolf Sprengel, Germany
Florian Schödel, USA
Jörg Petersen, Germany





The symposium will be held in the physiology lecture hall (N 43) of the Universitäts Klinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE; University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Martinistrasse 52, D-20246 Hamburg, Germany, which is located close to the HPI. more

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Attendance to the symposium is free of charge.
Registration is mandatory and limited to 250 participants.
Closing date for registration: August 1st 2012.

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Heinrich Pette Institute (HPI)
Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology

Martinistrasse 52
20251 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0)40/48051-100
Tel.: +49 (0)40/48051-229


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