The International Workshop on Retroviral Pathogenesis (RetroPath), now in its 30th year, has long served as an active forum for the exchange of new research findings and concepts on all aspects of retroviral pathogenesis. RetroPath is the only meeting that brings diverse researchers, young and highly experienced, together to discuss on retroviruses infecting a wide variety of host species including birds, rodents, cats, ungulates and primates. It focuses on multiple aspects of retrovirus biology, starting with basic biology to pathogenic and oncogenic potential, endogenous retroviruses and their role in disease pathogenesis, host restriction factors, emerging retroviruses, vaccines, and gene therapy vectors.
We are excited about the upcoming conference, which will be held in Asia for the first time in its 30-year history. We expect that many more scientists from the Pacific Rim will attend the meeting in 2018 that will further increase the international scope of the meeting and the exchange of ideas. Moreover, given the breadth and depth of HTLV-1 research in Japan, we expect that the conference will draw many more researchers who are studying this human oncogenic virus. To emphasize the importance of oncogenic retroviruses in cancer research and in the long history of this conference, Dr. Peter Vogt, one of the initial researchers in retroviral oncogenesis, will give a keynote address.
The setting for the conference is the Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center in Awaji City, Hyogo, Japan. The Center is located on the opposite shore of the extended Kobe city area, is conveniently connected to the mainland by the longest suspended bridge in the world, and yet has tranquility of traditional farming and fishing villages on the island. The international airport nearest to the Center is Kansai International Airport (KIX), the largest hub in Japan for low-cost carriers as well as for major airline companies that provide direct flights between the US, Europe, China, East Asian countries, Australia and Japan. Highway buses are connecting the airport and the Conference Center every 40 minutes. Participants can also take trains from KIX to the nearest railway station, Maiko, and it takes less than two hours either by bus or trains to reach the Conference Center from KIX. The Conference Center offers comfortable, effectively designed spaces and facilities for session presentations, and intimate spaces for breaks to foster interaction and engagement. Following the RetroPath tradition, meals will be served in the conference center as well, providing further opportunity for discussion. Accommodations will be provided by Westin Awaji that is directly connected to the Conference Center. The large and quiet foyer between the conference hall and the hotel can be used for poster sessions.
On behalf of the Organizers, I welcome you to the 30th RetroPath, and assure you productive meeting and comfortable staying experiences.
Local Host: Masaaki Miyazawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Kindai University Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Director, Central Research Facilities
Professor and chairman of the Department of Immunology
Kindai University Faculty of Medicine
377-2 Ohno-Higashi, Osaka-Sayama
Osaka 589-8511, Japan