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Dear fellow researchers, scientists, and students,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the Center of Excellence in Infectious Diseases, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our first Infectious Diseases Symposium to be held December 9, 2013 in El Paso, Texas.

This year, our focus is on HIV Immunopathogenesis and Gene Therapy. Although the increasing global availability of antiretroviral drugs is changing the AIDS landscape, the epidemic has not ended and enormous scientific challenges still remain for achieving the goal of developing an effective vaccine or cure for HIV. We hope that this symposium will provide a forum to promote discussions on current understanding of HIV pathogenesis and recent advances in developing treatment modalities to eradicate HIV infection. The program will include distinguished lecturers, short talks, and poster sessions. Another objective is to increase awareness of World Aids Day, which falls on Sunday, December 1st of this year.

We strongly believe that the symposium will enhance the level of academic discourse and promote scientific collaborations in the field of HIV and other infectious diseases that impact the border region.


Thank you for your participation,

Premlata Shankar, M.D.

Professor and Co-Director

Agenda (click here)

Distinguished Speakers

James Mullins, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology
University of Washington
Seattle, Washinton, USA
"Implications from the study of primary HIV Infection for development of AIDS vaccines"
Ramesh Akkina, DVM, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
"Modeling HIV tansmission, prevention, and novel therapies in humanized mice"
Paula Cannon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular Microbriology & Immunology
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California, USA
"Giving HIV the [zinc] finger: using tageted nucleases to create an HIV resistant immune system"
Nan Yan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine & Microbiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, USA
"HIV subversion of innate immunity"


Please RSVP by emailing Leslie Lopez at, indicate if you have a preference for vegetarian lunch.

Abstract Submission

Research abstract submissions are now open.
The deadline to electronically submit abstracts is Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by 5:00 pm.
Please send your completed submission form to

Abstract Form

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