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28 Sep 14 - 01 Oct 14

Kenneth Powell
Dr Kenneth Powell
Chairman, ReViral Ltd.
Raymond F. Schinazi
Dr. Raymond F. Schinazi
Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Emory University School of Medicine

*Thank you to our media partners; the European Society for Virology and the Journal of General Virology.*

The fourth Fusion Moroccan Conference will take place at the Mazagan Beach Resort. Located an hour from Casablanca on the coast in the town of El Jadida, this 240 hectare self-contained resort boasts excellent amenities and has superb security. The four day conference will focus on Antiviral Research with a combination of plenary lectures, invited lectures and contributing talks which will be selected from the open abstract submissions (submissions can be uploaded upon registration). A broad range of topics will be covered focusing on the latest clinical practice, as well as the discovery and development of antiviral agents for the treatment and cure of various infectious agents. 

Key Sessions

  • HIV (Treatment)
  • HIV (Eradication)
  • HBV
  • HCV
  • Respiratory Viruses
  • Vector Borne Viruses
  • Norovirus & Emerging Viruses
  • Herpes Viruses
  • Global Pandemics

Our speakers will discuss the latest developments and cutting edge research and look to address the question “What is next for the industry?” The purpose of this conference is to provide a platform for discussion, collaboration and free exchange of ideas, allowing all participants to present their work either as a talk or in poster form. 

Educational Objectives

The conference will address the following learning objectives:

  1. Update participants on the overall progress in antiviral research
  2. Inform clinicians of their choices in patient treatments with existing licenced antiviral therapies
  3. Describe the pipeline of new compounds in development and their likely impact on patient treatments
  4. Enhance the understanding of participants of the development of resistance to antiviral drugs and the importance of treatment selection and adherence to the correct dosing regimens
  5. Evaluate the unmet needs for antiviral drugs to guide both academic and industry participants in their choice of research topics
  6. Help participants foresee the impact of the latest discoveries in virology on the search for new therapies.

Target Audience

This conference will look to bridge the gap between clinical practise, industry and academia and will actively encourage the participation MDs, clinicians, nurses, clinical lab directors, clinical service planners, academic researchers and pharmaceutical industry representatives.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Daria Hazuda
Merck 
Mario Stevenson
University of Miami Health System
Michael Manns
Hannover Medical School 
Guey Chuen (Oscar) Perng
National Cheng Kung University
Brent Korba
Georgetown University
Helga Rubsamen-Schaeff
AiCuris
Yves Benhamou
Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Baek Kim
Emory University
Carol Brosgart
Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition, CDC Foundation
Leonid Margolis
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Massimo Levrero
Sapienza Universita' di Roma
Osvaldo (Lalo) Flores
Novira Therapeutics 
Tarik Asselah
University Paris Diderot

15:00 - 20:00 Sunday 28th September 2014
15:00 - 17:00 Registration & Reception
17:00 - 17:15 Opening Comments
17:15 - 20:00 HCV Session
17:15 - 18:00 Michael P. Manns HEPATITIS C: FROM VIRUS DISCOVERY TO CURE
18:00 - 18:30 Carol L. Brosgart
18:30 - 19:00 Tarik Asselah INTERFERON-FREE TREATMENT WITH DIRECT ACTING ANTIVIRALS FOR HEPATITIS C: PERSPECTIVES FOR HCV ERADICATION
19:00 - 19:30 Michael Miller
19:30 - 20:00 Panel Discussion
20:00 - 00:00 Group Dinner & Free Time
08:30 - 20:15 Monday 29th September 2014
08:30 - 10:00 HIV (Eradication/Treatment) I
08:30 - 09:00 Tariq Rana TARGETING VIF REGULATORY AXIS: DEVELOPING NEW AIDS THERAPIES
09:00 - 09:45 Mario Stevenson
09:45 - 10:00 Carole Devaux IDENTIFICATION OF A SMALL HIV-1 NEUTRALIZING ANTIBODY FRAGMENT MIMICKING THE CXCR4 AND CCR5 SURFACE IN A VIREMIC CONTROLLER
10:00 - 10:30 Refreshments
10:30 - 12:15 HIV (Eradication/Treatment) II
10:30 - 11:15 Daria Hazuda HIV LATENCY DRUG DISCOVERY: OPTIMIZING DRUGS TO INDUCE LATENT HIV EXPRESSION
11:15 - 11:45 Monsef Benkirane
11:45 - 12:15 Baek Kim Vpx CONTRIBUTES TO INSENSITIVITY OF SIV to NUCLEOSIDE REVERSE TRANSCRIPTASE INHIBITORS
12:15 - 12:45 Panel Discussion
12:45 - 17:00 Group Lunch & Free Time
14:00 - 17:00 Group Tour to El Jadida (optional)
17:00 - 19:15 HBV
17:00 - 17:45 Yves Benhamou
17:45 - 18:15 Massimo Levrero CAN WE ELIMINATE OR SILENCE THE CCCDNA AND CURE CHB?
18:15 - 18:45 Lalo Flores
18:45 - 19:15 Panel Discussion
19:15 - 20:15 Joep Lange Entrepreneurship Session
20:15 - 00:00 Group Dinner & Free Time
08:30 - 20:30 Tuesday 30th September 2014
08:30 - 10:15 Herpesviruses
08:30 - 09:15 Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff NOVEL THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES AGAINST HERPESVIRUSES
09:15 - 09:45 Leonid Margolis HERPESVIRUSES: HIV EVIL ASSOCIATES
09:45 - 10:15 Panel Discussion
10:15 - 10:45 Refreshments
10:45 - 12:45 Vector Borne, Norovirus & Emerging Viruses
10:45 - 11:30 Brent Korba NOROVIRUS CONTAINS DIVERSE AND UNIQUE ANTIVIRAL TARGETS
11:30 - 12:15 Oscar Perng
12:15 - 12:45 Panel Discussion
12:45 - 17:00 Group Lunch & Free Time
17:00 - 19:00 Respiratory Viruses
17:00 - 17:45 Kenneth Powell DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL COMPOUNDS TO TREAT RSV INFECTION
17:45 - 18:00 James Mahony CREATION OF NOVEL ANTIVIRALS FOR RESPIRATORY VIRUSES USING SINGLE DOMAIN ANTIBODIES (mFc) AND PEPTIDE INHIBITORS AS THERAPEUTIC FUSION PROTEINS
18:00 - 18:30 Andrew Easton
18:30 - 19:00 Panel Discussion
19:00 - 19:30 Refreshments
19:30 - 20:15 Special Plenary
19:30 - 20:15 Raymond F. Schinazi Curing HCV: The best is yet to come
20:30 - 23:30 *Gala Night & Group Photo*

Mazagan Beach Resort

El Jadida, Morocco

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Venue Rating
5 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)

Hotel Details

Relax in the warm Moroccan sun at the Mazagan Beach Resort, a truly beautiful hotel situated along the coast with stunning panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean. The resort combines traditional Moroccan culture with a modern twist creating an unforgettable conference experience for all.

The resort covers over 250 hectares offering an amazing array of activities and entertainment for delegates to choose from during their free time at the conference.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a buffet feast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During each meal delegates are entitled to selected beverages and 1 glass of house wine during dinner. The themed Moroccan Gala Night takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and live performing band.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Beach
  • Resort Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Wellness Spa
  • Complimentary WI-FI in guestrooms and conference areas

Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. Daria Hazuda
    Vice President, Merck
  • Prof. Dr. Michael P. Manns
    Professor and Chairman - Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  • Dr. Mario Stevenson
    Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Dr. Oscar Perng
    Associate Professor, National Cheng Kung University
  • Prof. Dr. Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff
    CEO, AiCuris GmbH & Co. KG
  • Professor Brent Korba
    Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center

Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Baek Kim
    Director of Drug Discovery, Emory University
  • Prof. Massimo Levrero
    Professor of Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome
  • President & CSO Lalo Flores
    President & CSO, Novira Therapeutics
  • Professor Carol L. Brosgart
    Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Leonid Margolis
    Section Chief, NIH
  • Dr. Michael Miller
    Senior Director, Gilead Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Tariq Rana
    Professor and V/C, UCSD School of Medicine
  • Prof. Andrew Easton
    Professor , University of Warwick

Mazagan Beach Resort

El Jadida, Morocco

Venue Rating
5 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)

Location Details

Morocco has over 2000miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, more than 300 days of sunshine per year and with its warm, friendly, hospitable people and delicious cuisine Morocco creates a perfect and unique location to hold a conference! Morocco is an ethnically diverse country with a rich culture and history. The region offers something for everyone, whether you like exploring the old winding medinas of its cities and towns, strolling along the stunning beaches, hiking the temperate peaks of the Rif mountain range or tasting some of the countries diversified cuisine.

Not far from the Mazagan Beach Resort is the Portuguese City of Mazagan, now known as El Jadida. It is one of the early settlements of the Portuguese explorers in West Africa on the route to India - it is an outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures, well reflected in architecture, technology, and town planning. Popular sites include; The Municipal Theater of El Jadida, The Portuguese Cistern, The Canons and the Fortress and The Old Port. El Jadida is definitely a city worth visiting during your stay.

 

Travel Details

Mohammed V International Airport is Morocco’s busiest airport with regular direct flights from the US, Europe and Far East on a daily basis. Mohammed V International Airport is located just 60miles from the Mazagan Beach Resort and we recommened booking your transportation through the hotel. Contact details can be found below. 

Airport Transfers (Complimentary Hotel Shuttle)

**The free shuttle is extremely popular and is booked very quickly so please be advised that this service is not always available. 

Airport Transfers (Private)

To make an enquiry or booking (individual/group), please contact the Mazagan Beach Resort hotel and quote the group name ‘Fusion’ along with your hotel reservation number during your initial communications.

Email:  yassine.benjelloun@mazaganbeachresort.com (Yassine Benjelloun)

Private Airport Transfers - Provided by the Hotel.
(Prices per vehicle, per way)

2-3 seated car (Skoda): MAD 1050
2-3 seated car (A6 Mercedes Class E): 2100
2-3 seated car (Mercedes Class S 350 or Range Rover): 3255
6 seated van (Mercedes Viano): MAD 1050

There is a wide variety of leisure and sports activities at the Mazagan. These are an ideal way to have fun and relax while enjoying the beautiful climate of the region of El Jadida and discovering the beautiful resort’s treasures during your free time within the conference schedule.

Please find below a few tours and excursions that are available during your stay. Should you have a group of 4 or more persons wishing to participate, then the following tours are available. However, if you wish to book completely independently, the cost is as indicated.

Casablanca

MAD 1000 (per person for 4 or more persons)
MAD 4000 (for independent tour - 3 persons or less)

Departure from Mazagan: 10:00
Arrival Back at Mazagan: Approximately 18:15

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and a world renowned centre for trade. Start with a visit to the central market, a massive kaleidoscope of colours and home of hundreds of stalls brimming with locally grown flowers, spices, vegetables, meats and all kinds of seafood as well as handicrafts. Continue to the new Medina of Casablanca and the Habous Quarter with its attractive Arab-Islamic architecture and admire the impressive facade of the Royal Palace.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the famous Hassan II great Mosque. A great architectural masterpiece, this is the world’s largest religious monument after Mecca and its minaret is the tallest. A truly memorable experience!

The rate includes transfers + lunch + guide + monuments’ entrance fees
Minimum 04 Persons / Max. 90 Persons

Imperial Rabat

MAD 1200 (per person for 4 or more persons)
MAD 4800  (for independent tour - 3 persons or less)

Rabat is an attractive city of domes and minarets, sweeping terraces, wide avenues and green spaces. Do not miss the picturesque Oudaia Kasbah, the Medina, the Hassan Tower and the mausoleum of Mohamed V, and the Chellah.

09:00 : Departure from Mazagan
11:15 : Arrival in Rabat
11:30 : Visit of the Royal Palace
12:00 : Chellah Site
12:45 : Lunch
14:30 : Tour Hassan Mosque
15:15 : Mausoleum Mohammed V
16:00 : Oudayas Site
16:30 : Rue des consuls
17:00 : Departure to Mazagan

The rate includes transfers + guide + monuments’ entrance fees
Minimum 04 Persons / Max. 90 Persons

If you would prefer to book a tour independently or enquire regarding alternative excursions available then please contact Yassime, details below, who will be happy to advise and assist with your booking.

For further information or to book a tour, excursion or activity please contact Yassine Benjelloun (Conference Services Manager) at the Mazagan yassine.benjelloun@MazaganBeachResort.com or alternatively you may make your booking once in resort, subject to availability.

The Mazagan also offers many sports and leisure activities including:
Windsurfing
Nordic Walking
Beach Volley
Paintball
Horse Riding
Tennis
Golf
Quad Biking
Karting

Full details can be found on the hotel website: http://www.mazaganbeachresort.com/activities/sportsandleisure.aspx

Please see below transportation prices (max 7 persons, price per person, per way) should you wish to arrange an independent trip to some of the local culture and tourist attractions in and around El Jadida:

El Jadida – MAD3,675
Casa Town – MAD1,050
Rabat – MAD2,625
Marrakech – MAD3,675
Agadir – MAD7,350
Fes – MAD4,725

*Transportation should be booked at the Concierge desk at the Mazagan

**All individual tours and excursions (not the Group Tours) should be arranged at the Leisure Desk at the Mazagan

The above information will also be available along with your welcome pack which is emailed to you shortly before the conference begins. 

We have arranged 2 very exciting group tours for all Antiviral participants. Both tours are optional and should you wish to participate we would ask that you email sarah@fusion-conferences.com to confirm your participation no later than Friday 12th September as we are required to confirm numbers to the hotel by this date.

Details of the Group Tours are as follows:

Half Day Cultural Tour to El Jadida

 Monday 29th September 2014

  • 14:00: Departure from Mazagan
  • 14:20: Arrival at El Jadida and visit Portuguese City
  • 15:00: Visit the Portuguese Cistern
  • 15:30: Visit the Souks
  • 16:30: Departure to Mazagan

The cost for this tour is MAD350 per person and includes transfers + guide + monuments’ entrance fees. 

The Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida), one of the first settlements created in Africa by Portuguese explorers on the route to India, bears outstanding witness to the exchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The surviving Portuguese buildings include the cistern and the Church of the Assumption, built in the Manueline style of late Gothic architecture.

Full Day Group Tour to Marrakech

Thursday 2nd September 2014

  • 08:00 : Departure from  Mazagan
  • 11:00 : Arrival  at Marrakech
  • 11:10 : Visit of the Médina : Bahia Castle and  Saadiens  Tombs
  • 13:30 : Lunch
  • 15:00 : Visit of the souk and Jamaa El Fna Square
  • 18:00 : Departure to Mazagan

The cost for this tour is MAD1000 per person and includes transfers + lunch + guide + monuments’ entrance fees.

The southern Moroccan city of Marrakech was founded in 1070 and was considered an important political and cultural center in the western Muslim world. This captivating city is the most popular destination in all of Morocco. With its lively people, colourful marketplaces, impressive monuments, and religious sites, Marrakech is a feast for the eyes and the senses. Begin your tour with a photo opportunity at the spectacular Koutoubia Minaret, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Followed by a visit to the grounds of Bahia Place built between 1894 and 1900 with its lavish decoration and learn the fascinating history contained within the palace walls. Stroll through the old walled town of Medina and visit the open-air markets known as souks. These large trading venues brim with the most extraordinary array of goods you'll find anywhere in Morocco. Continue on to the city's most energetic spot, ironically called Djemaa-el-F'na, which means "Assembly of the Dead." This large, open square is home to snake charmers, street performers, soothsayers and spice vendors. You'll feel as if you've stepped right out of the pages of the Arabian Nights!

**Please note that once we have confirmed your participation for any of the above tours, the hotel will make a charge to your room upon check-in. This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind or not participate in the tour.

Early Bird Full
Price
Additional
Adult
Additional
Child
Extra Night
Adult
Extra Night
Child
Academic $1,474.00 $1,474.00 $790.00 $165.00 $209.00 $35.00
Industry $1,474.00 $1,474.00 $790.00 $165.00 $209.00 $35.00
Student $1,324.00 $1,324.00 $790.00 $165.00 $209.00 $35.00

Our Registration Package: What's Included?

Our registration and accompanying person fees are inclusive of the following;

  • Accommodation for 3 Nights
  • Breakfast Buffet and Fresh Juices
  • Lunch Buffet and 1 Fruit Juice, ½ Still/Sparkling Water, 1 Soda and 1 Tea/Coffee
  • Dinner Buffet and 1 Glass of House Wine, 1 Fruit Juice, ½ Still/Sparkling Water, 1 Soda and 1 Tea/Coffee
  • Complimentary WI-FI in Conference Rooms
  • Complimentary WI-FI in Guest Room
  • Gala Night Entry

Please note accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.
 

Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;

  • Accommodation for 1 Night
  • Buffet Breakfast

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A Fusion Conference offers all participants the opportunity to present their current research and findings in a number of different ways. Once registered for the conference you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Oral Presentations

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for an oral presentation, please submit your abstract within the 'Talk Deadline'. Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation.

We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches as regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

If you have prepared some slides to compliment your presentation please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

Those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to:powerpoint@fusion-conferences.com

Flash Presentations

The Flash Session lasts up to 45minutes. This time is evenly divided between all the Flash Presentations that are accepted so your allocated time can range from 3-5 minutes, depending on popularity. The flash session is an extension of the Poster Session and is designed to offer a select few the opportunity to present orally their poster in a more formal, group setting.
To be considered for a flash presentation, please submit your abstract within the 'Talk Deadline'. Abstracts submitted after the 'Talk Deadline' may not be accepted.

Please note, the exact length of your presentation will be noted on the conference programme under the ‘Flash Session’.

At the Conference

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. They will ensure they have everything they need, including your presentation slides or aides. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech just to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have a complimenting presentation. Please note, speakers are not permitted to use their individual laptops, our AV tech will have a master laptop for you to run your presentation from. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team. We are here to help!

We would like to ask all speakers to adhere to their time slots and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters as their time slot decreases. 

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A Fusion Conference offers all participants the opportunity to present their current research and findings in a number of different ways. Once registered for the conference you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Poster Presentations

To be considered to present a poster, please submit your abstract within the ‘Poster Deadline’. Please check the conference programme carefully to note the poster session date and time.

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation only. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore you will be unable to present your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

During registration at the conference, if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

At the Conference

Upon arrival at the conference you can put up your poster from registration with the help of the Fusion team. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that you take down your poster on the final day of the meeting. The poster sessions is usually scheduled on Day 2, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and awards will be given to the best poster displays.

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