May 18 - 21, 2020 Virtual Meeting
Abstract Deadline: Closed


Zandrea Ambrose, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ronald Swanstrom, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~150 talks / 15 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~40 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~60 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Digital program in PDF format
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Twitter for meeting news & general comments


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


The 45th annual meeting on Retroviruses is going fully virtual and will now commence on Monday, May 18, 2020 morning US eastern standard time and end on Thursday, May 21 late afternoon (EDT). Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions (EDT) to maximize access by participants from around the world.

We are looking forward to a broad-based meeting, and abstracts are welcomed on all aspects of retrovirology.

Day Time (EDT Grace Auditorium (virtual) Bush Auditorium (virtual)
Monday 10:00 am 1. Capsid Uncoating and Nuclear Entry I
Monday 2:00 pm 2a. Reverse Transcription and Integration 2b. Innate Immunity I
Tuesday 10:00 am 3a. Accessory Protein / Antagonism of Restriction Factors I 3b. Assembly and Release
Tuesday 2:00 pm 4a. Entry into the Cell 4b. Endogenous Retroviruses / Retrotransposons
Tuesday 4:00 pm Keynote Speaker
Wednesday 10:00 am 5a. Accessory Protein / Antagonism of Restriction Factors II 5b. Latency
Wednesday 2:00 pm 6a. Capsid Uncoating and Nuclear Entry II 6b. Transcription and Gene Expression
Thursday 10:00 am 7a. Pathogenesis / Replication Dynamics 7b. Innate Immunity II
Thursday 2:00 pm 8a. Inducing or Reversing Latency 8b. Maturation
Thursday 4:00 pm Keynote Speaker
Throughout Meeting Virtual Poster Session
Keynote Speakers:

Dennis Burton, The Scripps Research Institute
Anna Marie Skalka, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs.

The ANDY KAPLAN Prize: We are pleased to announce that this year’s meeting will again accept nominations for this prize which aim to honor the research achievements of a unique investigator in retrovirology who is entering the late stages of his or her postdoctoral work or at the early stages of an independent career. View Andy Kaplan Prize nominating instructions.
The UTA VON SCHWEDLER Prize for Retrovirology was established in 2012 to be awarded annually with the purpose of honoring the accomplishments of a distinguished graduate student as he or she completes a dissertation in retrovirology. The cash prize is awarded directly to the student based upon their scientific accomplishments and promise. Additional information can be found here.
The DANIEL WOLF Prize was established in 2011 to be awarded annually for the best poster presented at this annual meeting. There are no requirements for entry, all posters presented will be eligible, although preference will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows embarking on a career in any aspect of retrovirology. More information here.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlretro. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

This conference is supported in part by: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Corporate sponsorship provided by:

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Late Registration Fees (registrations submitted after 12:01am EDT on Wednesday May 13)

Virtual Attendance Package: $350
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $225

Virtual Attendance packages include registration, access to online Zoom-based oral sessions, access to the digital posters, a dedicated Slack channel and access to the video archive on the Leading Strand for ~six weeks following the meeting.

All questions pertaining to participation in the virtual meeting may be directed to Catie Carr at