The meeting has been organized following the success of the first meeting in 2010, as well as the very favourable and enthusiastic feedback from the some 120 scientists who attended the first Meeting.
It has been co-organized and sponsored by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) and was intended for basic researchers (biologists and epidemiologists), as well as clinicians.
The objectives of the meeting was the discussion and critical evaluation of epidemiology, immunology and biology of cancer-associated viruses. The meeting programme mainly emphasised new HPV-related cancers and newly-discovered human polyomaviruses, although advances concerning other pathogens have been incorporated.
Furthermore the peculiar venue allowing casual, prolonged personal interactions promoted in-depth discussions and provided opportunities to establish new collaborations.
The Meeting started with the opening lecture entitled “History and Perspectives of Tumor Virology” given by Professor Harald Zur Hausen, Nobel Prize in Medicine 2008, on Wednesday 30 May 2012 at 19:00, at the Cantina Produttori Vini Manduria- Museo della Civilità del Vino Primitivo (Via Fabio Massimo Quinto 17-19, Manduria).