New pandemics: HIV and AIDS, HCV and chronic hepatitis, Influenza virus and flu
Anne Gatignol1, Jean Dubuisson2, Mark A Wainberg3, Éric A Cohen4 and Jean-Luc Darlix5
1Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, and Department of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
2Institut de Biologie de Lille (UMR8161), CNRS, Université de Lille I & II and Institut Pasteur de Lille, Lille, France
3McGill University AIDS Centre, Montréal, Québec, Canada
4Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
5LaboRetro, Unité INSERM 758 de Virologie Humaine, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France
New pandemics are a serious threat to the health of the entire world. They are essentially of viral origin and spread at large speed. A meeting on this topic was held in Lyon, France, within the XIXth Jacques Cartier Symposia, a series of France-Québec meetings held every year. New findings on HIV and AIDS, on HCV and chronic hepatitis, and an update on influenza virus and flu were covered during this meeting on December 4 and 5, 2006. Aspects of viral structure, virus-host interactions, antiviral defenses, drugs and vaccinations, and epidemiological aspects were discussed for HIV and HCV. Old and recent data on the flu epidemics ended this meeting.
Retrovirology 2007, 4:8. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.