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Program Information and Acknowledgments

Welcome 12th Annual International Meeting of the Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine

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By Robert C. Gallo, Founder and Director, Institute of Human Virology and Giovanni Latorre, President, University of Calabria

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Dear colleagues and friends,

University of Calabria President Giovanni Latorre and I welcome you to the 12th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV). For the first time since the meeting began in the mid-1970s at the National Cancer Institute, it is taking place outside the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. The setting for this year's meeting, Tropea, Italy, is one of extraordinary beauty and ancient historical contributions. The region is among the oldest civilization in Europe and includes the location of Pythagorus, Herodotus, and other greats of the ancient world, as well as the land of origin of many famous Greek legends, some told by Homer. Today, Tropea attracts visitors to the Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods), one of the most beautiful regions in Italy and food afficionados seeking the famous local red onion that was hailed by the Roman Pliny the Elder for its gastronomic and healing potential. Nearby are the ancient Aeolian islands. Together with Calabria and Sicily, their cultures dating back thousands of years before Christ, also with their many legends.

It is important that we acknowledge Professor Arnaldo Caruso, of the University of Brescia but who originally hails from Calabria, chair of the Italian Organizing Committee; without his vision and support, this meeting in Calabria would not be possible. Dr. Caruso currently holds an Adjunct Professorship at IHV and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This collaboration planted the idea for changing the venue of this 12th Annual Meeting. Our meeting has always been a venue for science of AIDS and cancer; this year we bring the meeting to Italy, in part, as a recognition of our many international colleagues and collaborators.

We would like to thank several organizations who have committed their support while we are still in the early stages of planning this event: the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease of the National Institutes of Health, the Office of AIDS Research, Italian Society for Medical Virology (SIVIM), Medestea, Sanofi-Pasteur, and Sanyo, Inc.. We will be pleased to recognize other supporting partners as the list grows.

The Annual Meeting has a traditional emphasis on the biology of HIV/AIDS, including the perspectives of basic science, clinical science and new treatment and prevention approaches. In 2010 we are expanding the emphasis on vaccines to recognize the importance of this area and learn how recent successes may guide new directions in HIV vaccine research and development. International vaccine experts will describe vaccine immunogens that are moving through human clinical trials, efforts to define immune correlates of protection, possible applications for therapeutic vaccination and a range of vaccine delivery strategies that are bringing us closer, everyday, to effective protection from HIV disease. Recognizing the important parallels of HIV and cancer, we include discussions of cancer-causing viruses, new cancer vaccines and fundamental research in cancer. In developed countries, cancer is emerging as the leading cause of death for persons with HIV, and these fields are inexorably linked in terms of both science and medicine. We also emphasize the problems of HIV/AIDS in the developing world by inviting experts on the specific impacts of HIV/AIDS on sub-Saharan Africa.

This year, in keeping with the meeting's focus on vaccines, we are honored to present the IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Scientific Contributions to Dr. Rino Rappuoli of Novartis Vaccines in Sienna, Italy. Rappuoli, currently the Global Head of Vaccines Research for Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics (Siena, Italy), was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. He spent his career developing vaccines for pertussis, meningitis, and Helicobacter pylori and is jointly responsible for engineering the carrier protein used in many conjugate vaccines. He is credited with launching the field of reverse vaccinology, the first fruits of which are revealed in the special Inaugural Article of the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences, where he describes a universal vaccine for serogroup B meningococcus. Previous recipients of the IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Scientific Contributions are: Isaac Witz, Maxine Singer, Manfred Eigen, Paul Zamecnik, Jan Svoboda, Alexander Rich, Hilary Koprowski, Maurice Hilleman, and George Klein.

We will also be presenting the IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service to Harry Huge, Esq. Harry is a friend of the Institute and was with us at the beginning when the State of Maryland recruited Bob Redfield, Bill Blattner, and Robert Gallo. He is a practicing attorney in Charleston, South Carolina and has enjoyed a long and distinguished law career, serving as an arbitrator on the National Tobacco Arbitration Panel, a Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and chairman of the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund. He is currently co-counsel representing family members of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks victims and in late 2002, he was appointed co-prosecutor with the Chief German Federal Prosecutor by the German Federal Criminal Court in the trials of Hamburg cell terrorists. Harry was also awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana from the country of Estonia in 2006, for work by him on behalf of Estonia in the late 1980's and early 1990's when Estonia regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 in a bloodless transition. Huge worked on behalf of Estonia with the U.S. Administration and Congress during this period as well as in Estonia. Harry and his wife, Reba, founded and operate two foundations which award college scholarships to Nebraska high school seniors. Over the past five years, they have awarded 30 scholarships to students who attend colleges and universities in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota. Prior honorees include: John Evans, Robert Gray, Martin Delaney, and Stewart Greenebaum.

For the first time, we are presenting an award for teaching excellence. This award, from our Institute and his many students and colleagues, is a “surprise” for Michele La Placa, MD. He has been educating medical students and researchers in the field of microbiology in Italy since 1954. Dr. La Placa is the author of the manual “Principles of Medical Microbiology,” (Esculapio, Bologna, Italy), the most widely used textbook of Microbiology in the medical schools of Italian universities, which is currently in its 12th edition.

We hope everyone will take the opportunity to visit the town square in Cosenza, the provincial capitol of the Tropea area of Calabria, where large modern sculptures by world famous artists are exhibited and a fountain and the central square honors the Kennedy family. We expect that Ms. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland and daughter of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who is the Chair of our Board of Advisors will attend.

We are grateful to those joining us in Tropea this year and are confident that this meeting will write another important chapter in the book of human retrovirology. I also want to acknowledge my co-workers David Pauza and Beth Peterson, whose tireless efforts for this meeting now reach fruition.

Cordially,

Robert Gallo, Director and Professor, Institute of Human Virology

Giovanni Latorre, President, University of Calabria

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The Institute of Human Virology www.ihv.org

Mission Statement

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) is a world-class center of excellence focusing on chronic viral diseases and virally linked cancers. IHV is dedicated to biomedical research leading to improved treatment and prevention of these diseases.

Our unique structure connects cohesive, multidisciplinary research and clinical programs so that new treatments are streamlined from discovery to patients. IHV is forging local and international programs for research and treatment of human disease.

Robert C. Gallo

Director, Co-Director, Division of Basic Science and Vaccine Research

William A. Blattner

Associate Director, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention

Robert R. Redfield

Associate Director, Director, Division of Clinical Care and Research

C. David Pauza

Associate Director

George Lewis

Co-Director, Division of Basic Science and Vaccine Research

Joseph L. Bryant

Director, Division of Animal Models

Dave Wilkins

Chief Operating Officer

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Tropea, Calabria, Italy

We are pleased to announce the IHV Meeting, for the first time in its history, will be held outside the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. The location for the meeting is Tropea, Italy. Tropea, specifically, and its region, Calabria, are a well-kept secret by American standards, and those who join us are in for a special treat.

Located on the western tip of the Italian peninsula on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the coastline is affectionately known as the “Costa degli Dei,” or the “Coast of the Gods.” Tropea is a very popular vacation destination among Italians and other Europeans. It is best known for stunning beaches, medieval architecture, and the Tropea Red Onion. However, the entire region of Calabria is of great historical interest, a region which was among the first to develop what we call civilization in the Western world.

IHV is very fortunate for the opportunity to share hosting honors with the University of Calabria and the Italian Society for Medical Virology. We all hope that you will join us for what will surely be a special experience.

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Board of Advisors

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Chairperson

Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

Fred Cannon

Senior Vice President for Government

Relations, BMI, Inc.

New York, NY

Robert Charrow

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Washington, DC

John P. Coale

Washington, DC

Janet Langhart Cohen

Chevy Chase, MD

Barbara J. Culliton

Science Journalist and Policy Consultant

Washington, D.C.

Elijah Cummings

United States House of Representatives

Baltimore, Maryland

John Evans

Evans Telecommunications

Key West, Florida

Arthur Gajarsa

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, DC

Robert Gray

Chairman,Gray and Company II

Miami Beach, Florida

William Hall

University College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

William A. Haseltine

Haseltine Foundation for Medical

Sciences and the Arts

Washington, DC

Ernest F. Hollings

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC

Richard E. Hug

HUG ENTERPRISES, INC.

Baltimore, MD

Toshiaki Inoue

Sanyo E&E America Company

Bensenville, IL

Mark Kaplan

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sheila Kast

WYPR Radio

College Park, MD

Nancy Kopp

State Treasurer, Maryland State

Government

Annapolis, Maryland

Hilary Koprowski

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Lynch

Amarin Pharmaceutical, Ltd.

Dublin, Ireland

HRH Princess Chulabhorn

Mahidol

Mahidol University

Bangkok, Thailand

Timothy Moynahan

Moynahan & Minnella, LLC

Waterbury, Connecticut

Franco Nuschese

Georgetown Entertainment Group

Washington, DC

Thomas Paese, Esquire

Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Chris Y H Tan

Asian Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Vancouver, British Columbia

Jeffrey B. Trammell

Trammell and Company

Washington, D.C.

Lenny Wilkens

National Basketball Association

Hall of Fame Coach and Player

Medina, Washington

James Wyngaarden

Former Director, National Insitutes of Health

Durham, North Carolina

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Ex-Officio Members

Robert C. Gallo

Director, Institute of Human Virology

William E. Kirwan

Chancellor

University System of Maryland

E. Albert Reece

Dean

University of Maryland School of Medicine

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Scientific Advisory Board

Hilary Koprowski, M.D.

Chair

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Edward A. Berger, Ph. D.

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, Maryland

Farley Cleghorn, M.D.

Constella Group

Washington, DC

Myron S. Cohen, M.D.

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Max Essex, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Harvard School of Public Health

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Warner Greene, M.D., Ph.D.

Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology

San Francisco, California

Mark Kaplan, M.D., FACP

University of Michigan

Medical Center

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michel Klein, Ph.D.

Canadian Network for Vaccines

and Immunotherapeutics

Toronto, Canada

Myron Levine, M.D., D.T.P.H.

University of Maryland

School of Medicine

Baltimore, Maryland

Erling C. J. Norrby, M.D., Ph.D.

The Royal Swedish Academy

of Sciences

Stockholm, Sweden

Joseph Pagano, M.D.

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kathleen Squires, MD

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Worcester, Massachusetts

Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health

Nashville, Tennessee

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International Organizing Committee

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The Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine is very grateful for the assistance provided by our International Organizing Committee.

Alan Bernstein

Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, New York, NY, USA

Gunnel Biberfeld

Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Arnaldo Caruso

University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

Carl Dieffenbach

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Jose Esparza

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA

K.T. Jeang

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Reinhard Kurth

Robert-Koch Institutes, Berlin, Germany

Alain Lafeuillade

General Hospital, Toulon, France

Adriano Lazzarin

Fondazione San Raffaele del Monte Tabor, Milan, Italy

C. David Pauza

Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, MD, USA

Guido Poli

Fondazione San Raffaele del Monte Tabor, Milan, Italy

Rino Rappuoli

Novartis, Siena, Italy

Mario Stevenson

University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA, USA

Umberto Tirelli

National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Pordenone, Italy

Isaac Witz

Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Robert Yarchoan

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA

Yi Zeng

Chinese Center for Disease Control, Beijing, China

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Special Acknowledgements

The Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland and the University of Calabria would like to thank the following organizations. Without their continued and generous support, this meeting would not be possible.

Benefactor

Italian Society for Medical Virology – SIVIM

Medestea

National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Office of AIDS Research

Underwriter

US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP)

The Fondazione Bonino Pulejo

Supporters

Abbott Molecular Diagnostics, Inc.

Gilead, Inc.

National Cancer Institute

Contributors

Epiphany Biosciences, Inc.

Sergio Mazzuca, Scintille Jewelry

MinXray, Inc.

Partec Italy

Profectus Biosciences, Inc.

Sanofi-Pasteur

Sanyo, Inc.

Sysmex GmbH

University of Calabria

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2010 IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Scientific Contributions Rino Rappuoli, Ph.D.

This year, in keeping with the meeting's focus on vaccines, we are honored to present the IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Scientific Contributions to Dr. Rino Rappuoli of Novartis Vaccines in Sienna, Italy. Rappuoli, currently the Global Head of Vaccines Research for Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics (Siena, Italy), was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. He is considered one of the major world experts in R&D of vaccines. In fact, Rino Rappuoli has developed the first recombinant bacterial vaccine (against pertussis) and a conjugate vaccine against meningococcus C. Both products have been approved for human use. Currently, he is involved in the development of a vaccine against group B meningococcus using a genome-based approach, which has been termed reverse vaccinology, in the development of influenza vaccines produced in cell culture, and the development of vaccines against avian influenza. He is co-founder of the field of cellular microbiology, a discipline that has merged cell biology and microbiology.

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2010 IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Public service Harry Huge

We will also be presenting the IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service to Harry Huge, Esq. Harry is a friend of the Institute and was with us at the beginning when the State of Maryland recruited Bob Redfield, Bill Blattner, and me. He is a practicing attorney in Charleston, South Carolina, and Washington, DC, and has enjoyed a long and distinguished law career, serving as an arbitrator on the National Tobacco Arbitration Panel, a Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and chairman of the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund. He is currently co-counsel representing family members of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and in late 2002, he was appointed co-prosecutor with the Chief German Federal Prosecutor by the German Federal Criminal Court in the trials of Hamburg cell terrorists. Harry was also awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana from the country of Estonia in 2006, for work by him on behalf of Estonia in the late 1980's and early 1990's when Estonia regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 in a bloodless transition. Huge worked on behalf of Estonia with the U.S. Administration and Congress during this period as well as in Estonia. Harry and his wife, Reba, founded and operate two foundations which award college scholarships to Nebraska high school seniors. Over the past five years, they have awarded 30 scholarships to students who attend colleges and universities in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota.

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2010 IHV Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service Michele LaPlaca, M.D.

For the first time, we are presenting an award for teaching excellence. Michele La Placa, MD has been educating medical students and researchers in the field of microbiology since 1954. Dr. La Placa's academic career began as a Lecturer in Microbiology at the Medical School of the University of Bologna, November 1, 1954. He is the author of the manual “Principles of Medical Microbiology,” (Esculapio, Bologna, Italy), the most widely used textbook of microbiology in the medical schools of Italian universities, which is currently in its 12th edition. Dr. LaPlaca's students, many of whom are now leaders in their own right, say “…he was an excellent teacher: able to involve and captivate students and colleagues in an enrapturing way, since he always believed in the importance of microbiology, spending his days studying before teaching.”

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His colorful career was characterized by intensive laboratory research in all fields of microbiology and virology, and he spent many years working on HIV pathogenesis with great success. The link between progenitor cells and Tat/gp120 drew his attention and prompted him to create a group for intensive study of this topic. We have not enough time to describe his value. We can only say - Thank you, Michele.

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Previous Recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards

Scientific Contributions

1999 George Klein, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

2000 Maurice Hilleman, Merck Research Laboratories, Sumneytown, Pennsylvania

2001 Hilary Koprowski, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2002 Alexander Rich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2003 Jan Svoboda, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic

2004 Paul Zamecnik, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

2005 Manfred Eigen, Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany

2006 Maxine Singer, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

2008 Isaac P. Witz, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Public Service

2004 Stewart Greenebaum, Greenebaum and Rose Associates, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland

2006 Martin Delaney, Project Inform, San Francisco, California

2008 John D. Evans, Evans Telecommunication Company and The Honorable Robert K. Gray, Gray and Company II, Miami, FL

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Mark Your Calendar!

13th Annual International Meeting of the Institute of Human Virology

Marriott Waterfront Hotel Baltimore, MD

October 30 - November 2, 2011

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Evening Events Schedule

Monday, October 4, 2010

6 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dinner

Location: Sunshine Club Hotel Ballroom

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

6 - 7:30 p.m. Aperitivo

8:30 p.m. Lifetime Achievement Gala Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Location: Sunshine Club Hotel Ballroom

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

6 - 7:30 p.m. Aperitivo

8:30 p.m. Historical Lecture with Regional Dance Performances

Location: Sunshine Club Hotel Ballroom

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Scintille Jewelry Fashion Event - By Invitation Only

No other events scheduled

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Friday, October 8, 2010

7:30 p.m. Evening Boat Ride to Stromboli

At participants' expense

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