Invitation from Carlos Brites to attend the 14th International Conference on Human Retrovirology, Brazil


On behalf of the organizing committee for the  International Conference of  Retrovirology Society-HTLV, we are pleased to invite researchers, physicians and all the professionals interested in the HTLV field to attend the meeting that will be held in
Salvador, Brazil, 2-5 July, 2009.
Salvador, “the city of joy” is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, with a varied range of attractions, and it is easily reached through non-stop flights departing from the main Brazilian cities, as well as from other large cities in the world. We expect to have a deep, exciting program, covering the most recent findings in basic science and clinical care of patients infected by HTLV. The …

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Retrovirology welcomes 7 new editorial board members


Retrovirology welcomes new editorial board members Jeremy Luban, Paul Clapham, Li Wu, Alan Engelman, Roger Pomerantz, Anne-Marie Vandamme, and Vinay Pathak.  We thank departing members Janice Clement, Graham Taylor, Damian Purcell, Juan Lama, Bill Hall, and Chris Aiken for completing their services to the journal.  In 2008, we also lost our dear colleague and board member Ralph Grassmann due to his untimely passing. 

Bill Harrington is mourned


I received an announcement (see below) by email this past Thursday (January 29th) on the passing of Bill Harrington.  Dr. Harrington was a colleague who had contributed immensely to HTLV-1 research.  He will be missed.

"To all faculty, staff and students of the Miller School of Medicine,  We are deeply saddened to announce that Dr. William J. Harrington Jr. has died as a result of a catastrophic event.  Dr. Harrington, a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology Oncology, was one of the nicest, most collegial and smartest physician scientists at the medical school.  

 His achievements, which are too many to list, have had an extraordinary impact on our patients, students and medical science.  His research contributions, particularly at the intersection of …

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VIRUS & IMMUNITY course at ENS Sciences, LYON (Jan 26 to Feb 13, 2009)


Professor Jean-Luc Darlix has written me to tell me about a ‘VIRUS & IMMUNITY’  course that is being organized at ENS Sciences, LYON. The course will  include the latest data on HIV-1 amongst other topics, and will include discussions on the relevant recent literature.  Interested individuals should visit the website:

Or you can email Jean-Luc Darlix directly for more information at 

This week in Virology


Jeremy Luban has told me about a very interesting podcast site for virology.  This weekly podcast site "This week in Virology" is hosted by Vincent Racaniello.  You can access this site for its insightful content at the following link: 

Feature articles on the web about Ali Saib


The following are links to two feature artides on the web about Ali Saib.  One is in English and the other is in French.  Ali is a member of Retrovirology’s editorial board who has been instrumental in producing a wonderfully educational movie on Dr. Virus and Mr. Hyde .

An article at Sciencecareers

An article in Agoravoxfr

Top Ten accessed Retrovirology articles during October


Below is the list of the top 10 most highly accessed articles at Retrovirology in October.  It is noteworthy that the Editorial by Lever and Berkhout has been read 1284 times in the abbreviated period from Oct 14 to Oct 31st.  These numbers illustrate the impact of Open Access and speak to the interest shown by readers.

Top 10 most accessed articles during October 2008









2008 Nobel prize in Medicine for discoverers of HIV
Andrew M.L. Lever,
Ben Berkhout

Retrovirology2008, 5:91 ( 14 October 2008 )

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Olivier Schwartz elected EMBO member


EMBO announced the election of 59 new members in 2008, adding its total to over 1,300 of Europe’s foremost researchers.  Olivier Schwartz of the Pasteur Institute, an editorial board member of Retrovirology, was one of the newly elected members.  Congratulations, Olivier!!!

Deadline approaching for 2008 Retrovirology Prize nomination

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There are only a few more days left to nominate a deserving scientist for the 2008 Retrovirology prize.  Please read the editorial below for further instructions on how to nominate for the prize and the approaching deadline.

Recognizing mid-career productivity: the 2008 Retrovirology Prize, call for nomination
Kuan-Teh Jeang
Retrovirology 2008, 5:80 (11 September 2008)
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Retrovirology Editors speak at HIV meeting in India


Retrovirology editors Ben Berkhout and Kuan-Teh Jeang spoke at the International Conference on Fundamental and Translational Research on HIV/AIDS: Global Perspectives held October 5-8, 2008 in Mumbai. India.  Shown in the picture below are Berkhout and Jeang with an Indian friend in full local costume.