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


COVID-19: It is with considerable regret that we announce the cancellation of the upcoming CSHL meeting on Retroviruses because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to prioritize our participants’ health while still promoting scientific exchange, we are hosting a virtual meeting, including oral sessions via Zoom, digital "poster sessions", dedicated Slack channel for discussions, and the Leading Strand archive after the conference. Please check your email for updates regarding the virtual meeting, refunds, and other important details.


The 45th annual meeting on Retroviruses is going fully virtual and will now likely commence on Monday, May 18, 2020 afternoon US eastern standard time and end on Thursday, May 21 late afternoon (EST). Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions (EST) to maximize access by participants from around the world. An outline program will be posted shortly, following further discussion with the organizers.

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

  • Entry: Envelopes, Antibodies and Vaccines
  • Post-Entry Events: Reverse Transcription and Uncoating
  • Nuclear Entry and Restriction Factors
  • Integration
  • Transcription, Latency, Antivirals and Functional Cure
  • Viral RNA, RNA Packaging and Restriction Factors
  • Assembly and Budding: Co-Factors and Restriction Factors
  • Immune Responses and Pathogenesis
  • Retroelements and Evolution
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Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline.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. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

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.

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

Corporate sponsorship provided by: TBA


Virtual Attendance Package: $300
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $175

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