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Understanding and Targeting Host Factors in HIV, TB, and Other Infections

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We are proud to announce the 1st Zing Understanding and Targeting Host Factors in HIV, TB and Other Infections Conference will take place in October 2015 at the Parador Oropesa.

Pathogens have been a major force in the evolution of human immunity. This conference will focus on the evolution and function of host genes that control the major human pathogens, HIV and TB, as well as other infections. Sessions will explore how host mechanisms have been targeted by pathogens to influence susceptibility or resistance of humans to these infections and they will investigate how pathogens hijack host factors to survive and propagate. Treatments that target host-pathogen interactions will also be discussed.

The Conference Chairs

Anne Goldfeld
Harvard Medical School
Judy Lieberman
Harvard Medical School


Talk Consideration Deadline: 27th August 2015……Poster Submission Deadline: 27th August 2015

For general abstract information or to download a copy of our abstract template please follow the links below.

info-Custom-2 Abstract Information……….Word-Custom Abstract Template Word Format……….pdf-Custom Abstract Template PDF Format

If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, you can either Sign In to your account and add the abstract or Submit Your Abstract directly to us using the links below.

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The Venue

Parador de Oropesa
Toledo – Oropesa, Spain



7th October 2015 – 10th October 2015

The Parador Oropesa is majestic in every sense of the word. Located in the beautiful Castillian countryside to the west of Madrid; it is spacious, elegant, and imposing. Set in the former ancestral home of the Counts of Oropesa and located in the shadow of the Sierra de Gredos mountains, over the centuries, its Medieval cloisters and towers have accommodated aristocracy, bishops and soldiers.

There are two castles separated by an immense wall that is crowned by a magnificent machicolated parapet and an awesome tower. At one time the castle complex was controlled by Don Francisco de Toledo – Duke of Alba, and the Viceroy of Peru.  He and later lords added an extended set of palatial rooms and quarters to create what remains today.

The bedrooms are large and spacious with simple Castilian styled, dark wood furniture, with all rooms offer inspiring views – either to the castle tower, the Gredos plains, or the Gredos peaks. There are fine views from any table in the restaurant, with those located against the glass wall on the north side offering particularly stunning panoramic views.


Venue Rating****
Nearest AirportMadrid Barajas
TransfersClick Here


Headline Speakers

doitsh-150x150Gilad Doitsh
Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, UCSF
HIV Pathogenesis: Host Overreaction to a Foreign Visitor
rehwinkel-CustomJan Rehwinkel
University of Oxford
Viruses Transfer The Antiviral Second Messenger Cgamp Between Cells
GagneuxSebastien Gagneux
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Cause and consequence of genetic diversity in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
hawnThomas Hawn
University of Washington School of Medicine
Innate Immunity & Resistance to M. tuberculosis Infection
brassAbraham Brass
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Evaluating the Role of Host Factors in Early HIV-1 Infection using Direct Visualization
ottenhoffTom H. M. Ottenhoff
Leiden University Medical Center
A Novel High-Content Host-Directed Screening Assay for Intracellular Bacterial Infections Identifies New Host Drug Targets for Mycobacterium tuberculosis
fackler Oliver Fackler
University of Heidelberg
Restrictions to HIV-1 Replication in Resting CD4+ T Lymphocytes
kalman-CustomDaniel Kalman
Emory University School of Medicine
Host-directed tyrosine kinase inhibitors as therapeutics for antibiotic-resistant TB
Gazinelli-CustomRicardo T Gazzinelli
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil & University of Massachusetts Medical School
CCR5-dependent pathology mediated by monocyte derived-dendritic cells in cerebral malaria
Rao-CustomMartin Vijayakumar Rao
Karolinska Institutet
Cellular Therapy in TB
PhotoHandler Samuel Behar
University of Massachusetts
Deretic-150x150Vojo Deretic
University of New Mexico
Autophagy, M. tuberculosis, and HIV

Conference Programme

programme-pic-e1436367393550A copy of the conference programme can be accessed via the link below.

Please Note: This programme is subject to change and we strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.

Conference Programme

Conference Fees

We can offer 3 types of registration for the conference

  • An Event Pass without accommodation
    Provides full conference attendance whilst leaving you free to book your own accommodation.
  • An Event Pass with accommodation.
    This package provides full conference attendance and accommodation at the Parador Oropesa.
  • An Event Pass with shared accommodation.
    Share a room with another delegate at the venue to receive the best priced conference attendance and accomodation package.
Event Pass Only – No Accommodation

Event Pass

Standard Price €750
Standard Price valid from 1st July

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Event pass fees include

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome reception
  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Conference Pack containing programme & abstract book
  • Wifi in conference room and guest rooms
  • Hot & cold buffet lunches
  • Evening meals on Days 1 & 2 including limited wine/beer/soft drinks
  • All coffee breaks during the conference
  • Poster session & refreshments
  • Ample time & opportunities for networking
  • On-site assistance from Zing staff available throughout the conference
  • Farewell Dinner Ticket

Event pass fees do not include

  • Accommodation at the conference venue
  • Breakfast

*Please Note: The Earlybird Rate of €620 was valid for those who registered and paid in full by 30th June 2015. Since 1st July, the Event Pass has reverted to the standard price of €750.

Event Pass With Accommodation Packages

Academic Price

Sharer Price
€900 €799

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Event pass and accommodation package fees include

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome reception
  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Conference Pack containing programme & abstract book
  • Wifi in conference room and guest rooms
  • Hot & cold continental buffet breakfast
  • Hot & cold buffet lunches
  • Evening meals including limited wine/beer/soft drinks
  • Farewell Dinner including local entertainment
  • All coffee breaks during the conference
  • Poster Session & refreshments
  • 3 Free drink vouchers for selected drinks at the hotel bar
  • 50% discount on all subsequent drinks purchased at the hotel bar
  • Ample time & opportunities for networking
  • On-site assistance from Zing staff available throughout the conference

Accommodation Option
Academic Registrations have a private room. We offer the Sharer rate based on 2 persons sharing a room at the conference.

Please be aware if you book this package you will be sharing a room with another same sex attendee.

If you would like to nominate another attendee to share the room, please notify us of this fact in the ‘Special Requirements’ field of the registration form.

Please Note – Zing has exclusive use of the Parador Oropesa for the duration of the conferences and there are a limited amount of rooms available at the hotel. Until Zing Conferences receives full payment of your invoice, your room will not be reserved and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

The reduced sharer rate of €799 was valid for those who registered and paid in full by 30th June 2015. Since 1st July, the rate has reverted to the standard price of €900. From 24th August, the €799 sharer price was reintroduced as a special offer.

We cannot offer any additional nights accommodation at the Parador before or after the conference dates. Should you require to stay extra nights, we can advise you on alternative accommodation in the local area. Please contact info@zingconferences.com for details


Here are a few alternative accommodation options available in the local area of Oropesa. Please use the links to view each property, the latest rates and reserve your accommodation.


Casa Rural La Posada


Casa Rural La Botica


La Hosteria de Oropesa



Please note: The owner of Casa Rural La Posada only speaks Spanish. Should you wish any information about the property or wish to make a booking, you may use our Spanish speaking colleagues to help. They can be contacted via the following email address zing@islandbridge-events.com