Important Dates:

  • COMING SOON, Online Abstract Submission & Registration Site opens
  • 12 April, 2020, Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 12 April, 2020, Early Bird Registration Deadline, registration fee increases
  • A limited hotel room block will be held at a discounted rate of $110/night for single rooms or $135/night for double occupancy based upon AVAILABILITY at time of booking. If the room block is filled, the hotel may charge their going rates, or may be sold out. We encourage you to book rooms early. If White Sands Hotel becomes full, we will make arrangements with a nearby hotel.
  • Week of May 13, 2020, Email decisions regarding talk vs. poster presentation to all applicants, as well as awarding of training grants
  • 28 May, 2020, Notify session chairs of decisions and send copies of abstracts for their sessions
  • 1 June 2020, registration fees will not be refundable. Between 1 May and 31 May, 50% of registration fee will be refunded.

Tentative Agenda

Start Time

End Time

Program

Monday, June 22, 2020

4:00 PM

4:15 PM

Welcome

4:15 PM

7:00 PM

Session I. 

7:00 PM

9:00 PM

Welcome Reception Dinner

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

9:00 AM

10:30 AM

Session II.

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

Session III.

12:30 PM

2:00 PM

Lunch with Networking for Trainees and Grants Officer

2:00 PM

3:30 PM

Poster Session

3:30 PM

5:00 PM

Session IV.

5:00 PM

5:30 PM

Afternoon Break

5:30 PM

7:00 PM

Session V. 

7:30 PM

9:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

9:00 AM

10:30 AM

Session VI.

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM

1:00 PM

Session VII. 

1:00 PM

3:00 PM

Lunch with Networking

3:00 PM

5:00 PM

Session VIII.

6:00 PM

10:00 PM

Ocean Road Cancer Institute tour and Banquet Dinner

Thursday, June 25, 2020

9:00 AM

10:30 AM

Session IX.

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

Session X.

12:30 PM

2:00 PM

Lunch with Networking

6:00 PM

10:00 PM

Gala Dinner

Friday, June 26, 2020

9:00 PM

12:30 PM

Networking Workshop: Engaging
African investigators

12:30 PM

2:00 PM

Lunch with Networking

Conference history:

The KSHV meeting originated soon after the discovery of KSHV in 1994 as the causal agent of KS, PEL and MCD. Some of the first scientific presentations on this virus were on the Conference on AIDS Related Kaposi’s Sarcoma sponsored by the NCI. The first KSHV Workshop was held in 1998 at UC-Santa Cruz. Meetings have been held annually since then, largely rotating among the US west coast, US east coast, and Europe. These have allowed for the broadest possible participation nationally and internationally at least every three years. Exceptions to this rule have been a meeting in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in 2013 (representing the West Coast) and Beijing, China in 2014 (representing an overseas meeting). Attendance has ranged from 80-175, with some scientists attending both the EBV and KSHV meetings. In 2012, the first, highly successful, joint EBV & KSHV meeting was held in Philadelphia, with 327 scientists, physicians and trainees in attendance. A second joint EBV and KSHV meeting was held in Madison, WI in 2018. Participation in the joint meetings has typically been 250-350 research and physician scientists and trainees. Eight of the previous meetings were supported by the NCI through a R13 grants. The 2019 meeting marked the 25th anniversary of the discovery of KSHV by Drs. Patrick Moore and Yuan Chang at Columbia University in New York City, and the selection of this city was intentional to commemorate this event.

The 23rd International Conference on Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus and Related Agents will serve as the premier forum for the exchange of new research developments in the field of gamma-herpesvirus biology and disease as it relates to Kaposi’s sarcoma virus (KSHV). Researchers in the vibrant KSHV field meet annually to enhance interactions and promote interdisciplinary communication and collaborations among gamma-herpesvirus researchers with expertise that span molecular virus biology, innate and adaptive immunobiology, animal models of pathogenesis, pathology, epidemiology and therapeutic strategies to facilitate a cross-fertilization of ideas, techniques, and reagents.

The KSHV conference has a historical precedent of not having keynote talks. Instead, we aim to provide the opportunity for trainees and PI’s to present their research as short oral presentations to strengthen the education and professional development of trainees, spanning graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows and clinical fellows, as well as pre-tenured junior faculty; with added emphasis for those under represented in biomedical research or coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Opportunities for networking and discussing unpublished data will be encouraged through unstructured time, poster sessions and networking events, enabling open discussion and feedback from a field of experts with the intention of fostering collaborations and advancements in the field in addition to fostering the development of scientific communication skills. Structured networking opportunities for trainees to interact with senior faculty at academic institutions and scientists from industry and government will be built into the program.

The regional organizing committee (ROC) and scientific advisory committee (SAC) will formulate an innovative and thematic format for the meeting to be hosted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania throughout June 22nd – June 26th of 2020 with the objective to bring together the numerous investigators who do research on oncogenic DNA viruses to foster new collaborations and ways of thinking about Kaposi’s sarcoma virus and to explore new therapeutic strategies for treating patients with ailments associated with this oncogenic virus.