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Out of public health concerns and given the current travel restrictions and lab closures worldwide because of COVID-19, the 27th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses (HCV2020), scheduled to take place July 6 – 9, 2020 in Montreal, Canada has been postponed to July 6 - 9, 2021 and will now be delivered Virtually.

HCV2021 Program


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Friday, July 9, 2021

  • 10:00 13:15

    Session 10: Vaccines

    Co-chairs: Chris Walker & Ellie Barnes

    10:00 - 10:30 | Plenary Lecture 8: Systems Biology to Predict Vaccine Efficacy
                               Rafick Sekaly - Pathology Advanced Translational Research Unit (PATRU) | Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

    10:30 - 11:00 | Keynote Lecture 11: Update on Immunological Analysis of HCV Vaccine Trial
                               Andrea Cox - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

    10:55 - 12:00 | Panel Discussion on the Future of Vaccine Development for HCV
                               Justin Bailey - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
                               Ellie Barnes - University of Oxford, UK
                               Andrea Cox - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
                               Jake Liang - National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA
                               Rafick Sekaly - Emory University School of Medicine,USA
                               Chris Walker - Ohio State University, USA
                               Thomas Pietschmann - TWINCORE - Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research, Germany

  • 12:00 12:30


  • 12:30 13:15

    Oral Presentations selected from Abstracts

    Co-chairs: Steven Foung & Barbara Rehermann

    12:30 - 12:45 | Functional convergence of a germline-encoded broadly neutralizing antibody response in rhesus macaques immunized with HCV envelope glycoproteins
                               Fang Chen, The Scripps Research Institute, United States

    12:45 - 13:00 | Structural studies of HCV E2 envelope glycoprotein that facilitates rational design of HCV vaccine.
                               Netanel Tzarum, The Hebrew University Of Jerusalem, Israel

    13:00 - 13:15 | An antigenically diverse, representative panel of HCV envelope glycoproteins for standardized neutralization assays
                               Jordan Hector Salas, Johns Hopkins University, United States

  • 13:15 13:45

    Closing Lecture: HCV, the Next 30 Years

    Michael Houghton - University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

  • 13:45 14:00

    Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks

    Daniel Lamarre - DiuTinus ImmunoTherapeutics Inc, Cleveland, OH, USA

    Brett Lindebach - Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

  • 14:00 14:15

    HCV 2022 Presentation

    Philip Meuleman