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Mini-symposia Session I
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Natcher Conference Center
Virus Entry-Virus Receptor Interactions 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Co-chaired by:
Maribeth V. Eiden, Ph.D.
Chief, Section on Molecular Virology, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular
Regulation, DIRP, NIMH
Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D.
Chief, Membrane Structure and Function Section, Laboratory of Experimental and
Computational Biology, CCR, NCI

Sponsored by the NIH Virology Interest Group
Balcony C, Natcher Conference Center
Pathogenic viruses remain a dominant feature in public health considerations for
the 21st century. They have gained increasing importance in recent years due to
changes in disease patterns, ease of spread and potential use as biological weapons.
Despite intensive research and considerable effort to eradicate infectious
diseases, modern medicine has failed to control many infectious diseases that have
been thought to be easy to overcome with advances in medical science and technology.
Understanding the viral entry and viral receptors is a key to unraveling the
basics of initial steps that can define the pathogenesis and epidemiology and help
develop inhibitors and vaccines against pathogenic viruses. This workshop will
serve as a forum to exchange ideas regarding fusion, entry, and inhibition of a
broad range of animal enveloped viruses.
Receptors For and Against Viral Infections
Edward Berger, Ph.D.
Chief, Molecular Structure Section, Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIAID
Nipah Virus and Hendra Virus Fusion, Entry, and its Inhibition
Chris Broder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, USUHS
Receptor-mediated Interference Mechanisms Responsible for Resistance to Murine

Christine Kozak, Ph.D.
Head, Viral Biology Section, Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology, NIAID
Studies of Virus-mediated Cell Fusion Using a Tetracycline-controlled Transcriptional
Transactivator/Reporter Gene System

Jonathan Silver, M.D.
Head, Biophysical Virology Section, Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology,
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