Special Issue "27th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "General Virology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Naglaa H. Shoukry
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Guest Editor
Université de Montréal
Interests: Hepatitis C; viral immunology; liver immunology; liver fibrosis
Dr. Selena Sagan
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Guest Editor
McGill University
Interests: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV); Zika Virus (ZIKV); Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV); Dengue Virus (DENV); molecular virology; microRNAs; miR-122

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is dedicated to the 27th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses (HCV2020) that will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 6–9 2020. This annual conference has been instrumental in developing and advancing major discoveries in the HCV field, including the understanding of the virus life cycle, and the development of in vitro replication systems and animal models that led to the development of direct acting antivirals (DAA) that have revolutionized HCV treatment. Key discoveries in understanding the immune response and pathogenesis of HCV presented at this meeting are now the basis for ongoing vaccine development and preclinical trials. Despite this progress, basic research on HCV remains at the forefront to drive HCV elimination efforts and reduce the morbidity and mortality of the disease. Research into vaccine development, HCV pathogenesis and liver cancer following DAA treatment, novel diagnostics, and sequencing approaches to track the evolution and transmission of HCV in at-risk populations are only some of the remaining key research questions. HCV2020 will focus on the main objective of HCV elimination by bringing together basic and clinical investigators to discuss the remaining challenges in the HCV field, as well as novel approaches toward this aim. Given the increased research interest and threat to public health imposed by related flaviviruses like zika and dengue, this year’s program will increase the integration of issues related to these infections. The following themes will be addressed:

  1. Tools for HCV elimination: diagnostics, sequencing and beyond
  2. Innate immunity/virus-host interaction
  3. Virus entry and replication
  4. Virus translation and assembly
  5. Adaptive immunity
  6. Liver inflammation, viral pathogenesis and carcinogenesis
  7. Animal models, organoids and replication systems
  8. Antivirals, challenges and new frontiers
  9. Vaccines

Symposium participants are invited to contribute original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Viruses.

Prof. Dr. Naglaa H. Shoukry
Dr. Selena Sagan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • hepatitis C
  • flaviviruses
  • innate Immunity
  • diagnostics
  • virus entry
  • virus replication
  • virus translation
  • virus assembly
  • adaptive Immunity
  • liver inflammation
  • liver cancer
  • animal Models
  • organoids
  • antivirals
  • vaccines

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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