INFECTIOUS DISEASE WEBINARS

Keeping Pace with Viral Evolution
 
June 23, 2015

Author

John R. Hackett Jr., Ph.D., Abbott Diagnostics

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Transforming Infectious Disease Diagnostics by Global Surveillance and Novel Technology

Accurate diagnosis of infectious agents is an important task of laboratories everywhere in the world. As some viruses - especially those with a reverse transcription step in their life cycle - are prone to rapid changes, there is a constant challenge for diagnostic assays to keep pace with viral evolution. Viral vigilance can only be achieved by a comprehensive surveillance system that Abbott has established more than 20 years ago and constantly expanded since. After this workshop, participants will understand the need for a global viral surveillance system and appreciate its impact on the development and performance of diagnostic assays. 

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Three Decades of HIV Detection
 
December 07, 2015

Author

Marc Van Ranst, Professor of Virology and Epidemiology, Chairman, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Director, Clinical and Epidemiological Virology Unit, Rega Institute for Medical Research University of Leuven, Head of the Laboratory Medicine Department University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.

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The HIV and AIDS pandemic ranks among the most devastating in recorded history. Substantial research efforts over the past 30 years have led to novel discoveries with respect to the virus, its detection, and in the development of robust antiviral drugs that have transformed both the treatment and prevention. 

This webinar provides a historical perspective of the major milestones in HIV science, highlighting how they evolved with time and how translational research has affected treatment and prevention of HIV. The webinar also discusses current research directions including the scientific challenges ahead for a cure for HIV and the active efforts across the globe toward ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

About Dr. Marc Van Ranst

Dr. Marc Van Ranst is a Belgian virologist and epidemiologist at the University of Leuven and the Rega Institute for Medical Research in Leuven, Belgium. He is chairman of the department of Microbiology and Immunology, and director of the clinical department of laboratory medicine. His research laboratory studies the molecular evolution of DNA and RNA viruses. He teaches virology at the University of Leuven and the University College of Leuven-Limburg, and bioinformatics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He has published over 340 scientific papers in peer-reviewed and Medline-indexed journals and contributed chapters to eight books on viral molecular evolution and bioinformatics.

Van Ranst obtained a BA in Medicine at the University of Hasselt in 1986, and graduated magna cum laude as medical doctor at the University of Leuven in 1990. During his PhD years he studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and he received his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology in 1994. In 2004, he was awarded the European Clinical Virology Heine-Medin award of the European Society for Clinical Virology. In 2005 he received a doctor honoris causa degree at the University of Kalmar in Sweden. He was appointed by the Belgian federal government as interministerial commissioner to guide the crisis management during the Mexican flu pandemic in 2009-2010.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the complex zoonotic origins of HIV, the early epidemic spread of HIV, and the discovery of HIV
  • Learn about the various generations of HIV immunoassays
  • Understand the evolution of HIV therapeutic strategies
  • Learn about the ambitious goals of UNAIDS to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

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