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

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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:

 http://masterbiosciences.ens-lyon.fr/semestres-2-3-et-4/ue-europe/virus-and-immunity/virus-and-immunity

Or you can email Jean-Luc Darlix directly for more information at jldarlix@ens-lyon.fr 

This week in Virology

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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: http://www.twiv.tv/ 

Feature articles on the web about Ali Saib

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

1.
Accesses
1284

 

 

Editorial    


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

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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

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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. 

Paul Gorry wins Young Tall Poppy Science Award

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Burnet Institute HIV researcher wins Young Tall Poppy Science Award

Associate Professor Paul Gorry, Laboratory Head and Principal Fellow of the Centre for Virology at the Burnet Institute, is a winner in the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards VIC 2008. The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the achievements of 10 outstanding young Victorian researchers in the sciences including physical, biomedical, applied sciences, engineering and technology. Paul received the award for his internationally-recognised work in the field of HIV research focussing especially on how HIV infects cells of the brain and causes dementia and other neurological problems in patients with AIDS. Director and CEO of the Burnet Institute, Professor Brendan Crabb said,“ I am delighted that Paul’s commitment to research of …

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Remembering Ralph Grassmann

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It is with great sadness that I received news this morning of the passing yesterday of our dear colleague and friend Ralph Grassmann.  Ralph has been a valued member of our Retrovirology editorial board, and we plan to remember more about Ralph in Retrovirology in the coming days.  A short piece about Ralph and his research interests can be read at the following link:  http://htlv-tax.com/biosketchTax_webpage07RG.doc      We will miss Ralph for his science and his friendship!  Please see a picture of Ralph taken in 2004 below.

Retrovirology’s 2007 Impact Factor

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J VIROL 
5.332

RETROVIROLOGY 
4.040

VIROLOGY 
3.765

J GEN VIROL 
3.120

J MED VIROL
2.831

VIRUS RES
2.810

CURR HIV RES 
2.653

AIDS RES HUM RETROV
2.022

J NEUROVIROL
1.943

ARCH VIROL
1.839 

This past Tuesday, ISI Thomson released the official 2007 Impact factor (IF) numbers for over 6,000 journals.  Retrovirology’s 2007 IF number is 4.04.  Out of 6,000 journals in the ISI data base, this places Retrovirology at number 555.  However, a better comparison would be to rank Retrovirology with virology journals that primarily publish basic virus research articles.  If such a comparison is made, then Retrovirology would rank right below Journal of Virology and above many other excellent and …

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