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28 Sep 14 - 01 Oct 14

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

**Late breaker abstract submission deadline 18th August 2014**

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
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
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

10:00 - 20:30 DAY ONE
10:00 - 13:00 HIV (Treatment) Session
13:00 - 16:30 Welcome Lunch/Free Time
16:30 - 18:30 HIV (Eradication) Session
19:00 - 20:30 Global Pandemics (Prep and Underdeveloped World) Session
20:30 - 00:00 Dinner & Free Time
08:20 - 20:30 DAY TWO
08:20 - 10:40 HBV Session
11:00 - 12:30 HCV I Session
12:30 - 16:30 Lunch & Free Time
16:30 - 18:25 HCV II Session
18:45 - 19:45 Entrepreneurship Session & Cocktail
19:45 - 20:30 Poster Session
20:30 - 00:00 Dinner & Free Time
08:20 - 20:40 DAY THREE
08:30 - 10:40 Respiratory Viruses I Session
11:00 - 12:30 Respiratory Viruses II Session
12:30 - 16:30 Lunch & Free Time
16:30 - 18:30 Respiratory Viruses III Session
19:00 - 20:40 Vector Borne Viruses Session
21:00 - 00:00 **Gala Night, Group Photo & Poster Awards**
08:20 - 13:30 DAY FOUR
08:20 - 10:40 Norovirus & Emerging Viruses Session
11:00 - 13:30 Herpesviruses Session
13:30 - 13:45 Farewell Comments & Drinks

Mazagan Beach Resort

El Jadida, Morocco

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Venue Rating
5 Stars
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 Joep Lange
    Executive Scientific Director/Professor of Global Health, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development/Academic Medical Center
  • Professor Carol L. Brosgart
    Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Mazagan Beach Resort

El Jadida, Morocco

Venue Rating
5 Stars
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 to book your transfers to and from the airport via the hotel.

Airport Transfers (Complimentary Hotel Shuttle)

The Mazagan Beach Resort provides complimentary, scheduled bus shuttles to and from Mohammed V International Airport. Please contact the Mazagan directly at least 48 hours prior to your transfer to reserve a seat. When arriving at Mohammed V International Airport please make your way to the Mazagan desk located between terminal 1 and terminal 2 where you'll be met for your transfer. Please click here to view the Mazagan complimentary shuttle schedule.

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

Alternatively, private transfers can be booked through the hotel (details below).

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)

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

To make an enquiry or booking (individual/group), please contact Khalid Dkaki at Unitours Morocco. Khalid will manage and confirm your booking so please contact him directly and ensure you quote the group name ‘Fusion’ during your initial communications.

A representative from Unitours will be available to speak to on the first day of the conference so if you have any questions or if you’d like to make a booking at the conference please do so on the first day.


Phone: +212 5 24 44 69 13 // +212 5 24 44 64 57
*Please note a small booking fee will apply for all tours (MAD50)  

Half Day Tours & Excursions

Our half day tours can be booked during the conference period between the available free times scheduled in the programme. The half day tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Azemmour & Eljadida Tour

MAD 715 per person
Includes transportation, tour guide, applicable entrance fees and refreshments at Iglisia Riad.
Departure: 13:00 from Mazagan

Return: 16:15 to Mazagan

The charm of the towns of Azemmour and Le Jadida comes from their fortified Medians. Their narrow streets, beautiful buildings and gates combine a mixture of Portuguese, Arab, Andalusian and Berber architectural styles. First stop, the entrance of Azemmour for a panoramic view of this white-washed town. Then to one of Azemmour’s main gates: Sidi Makhfi. Close to it, a Synagogue is still standing as a witness to the coexistence among the native inhabitants and the Jewish community. From here, continue to the Portuguese town of Mazagan, later named Eljadida (The new one) by the Arabs. Visit the cistern built by the Portuguese settlers to serve as a water reservoir in the event of prolonged siege. Walk through the Medina and stop for a panoramic view of the port and the Atlantic Ocean visiting one of the riads to enjoy a cup of coffee or mint tea in the roof top terrace before the drive back. 

Full Day Tours and Excursions

Our full day tours are offered pre and post conference dates. If you require any additional nights at the Mazagan Beach Resort due to a full day excursion, please ensure you book these in advance to avoid disappointment by logging into your account and amending ‘My Accommodation’. The full days tours are available to both individual and group bookings.


MAD 1500 per person
Includes transportation, tour guide, lunch (excluding beverages) and entrance fees.
Departure: 10:00 from Mazagan
Return: 18:00 to Mazagan

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and a world renowned center for trade. Start with a visit to the central market, a massive kaleidoscope of colors 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. Admire the impressive facade of the Royal Palace and cross the quarter on foot.

From here you’ll drive through the residential quarter of Anfa , where your guide will point out the residence in which a memorable and historical meeting was held during the Second World War in 1943. Lunch will be served at the legendary Rick’s Café, and your drive will continue to the famous

Hassan II great Mosque for a visit of this great architectural masterpiece. This is the world’s largest religious monument after Mecca and its minaret is the tallest. Continue your coastal drive to Sidi Abderrahman, a Marabout built in an island-like rock. Learn about the mystic fascination that this place retains where people come to seek the Saint’s blessing, a cure for infertility or illness. You’ll have some free time at Mohammed V’s Square for more photo opportunities and shopping before your drive back to the Mazagan.

Magical Marrakech

MAD 1650 (per person)
Includes transportation, tour guide, lunch (excluding beverages) and entrance fees.
Departure: 07:00 from Mazagan
Return: 20:00 to Mazagan

Board your vehicle for a scenic drive along Douala plains to the huge, palm-surrounded oasis that harbours Marrakech. The southern Moroccan city of Marrakech was founded in 1070 and was considered an important political and cultural center in the western Muslim world. Now, 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, it is lavishly designed and decorated. View the intricate wall and ceiling mosaics, tile work, and other architectural decorations, and learn the fascinating history contained within the palace walls.

Your day includes a traditional Moroccan lunch, served ta an olé Moroccan Palace restaurant.

Refreshed, you'll 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! At the completion of your exciting day, enjoy a scenic drive back to the Mazagan.

Imperial Rabat

MAD 1600 (per person)
Includes transportation, tour guide, lunch (excluding beverages) and entrance fees.
Departure: 09:00 from Mazagan
Return: 19:00 to Mazagan

Your day starts with approximately an hour and a half drive to the diplomatic capital of Morocco, Rabat, rich in historical monuments and history. Arriving at the Mechouar Quarter, you’ll admire the magnificent exterior of the Royal Palace. Continue to the archaeological phoenician site of

Chellah, then to Mohammed V Mausoleulm overlooking Bouregreg River for an inside visit. This is the place where the father of Moroccan independence is buried, along with the late king Hassan II. After lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant, continue on foot to the ancient Medina and its colourful Souks to arrive at the Kasbah of Oudaya, a beautiful quiet spot in the middle of busy Rabat. Visit the beautiful and tranquil Andalusian Gardens before the drive back to Mazagan.

Jeep safari to Kasbah Boulaouane

MAD 4000 per jeep (max 4 person)
Includes transportation, jeep driver and refreshment at Kasbah Boulaouane.
Departure: 09:00 from Mazagan
Return: 18:00 to Mazagan

Drive off the beaten track in the Doukkalas country side to reach Kasbah Boulaouane, built in the 17th century by Moulay Ismail. The Kasbah has a commanding view of the entire region and has stunning views over oMu Rabiaa river. Enjoy a cup of mint tea served inside the Kasbah before continuing to the Atlantic coast. You will finally arrive at one of the most famous shrines in the region built as tribute for a beautiful lady called Aicha, and it has become a place of pilgrimage for ladies.

Mystical Marrakech - 3 days /2 nights

MAD 9000 (2 persons, double occupancy)
MAD10,660 (1 person, single occupancy)
Includes transportation, tour guide, 4 course Moroccan dinner at Dar Marjana (including beverages), horse and cart orientation tour of Marrakech, entrance fees and 2 nights at Riad Slitting.

Day 1:
Depart Mazagan to Marrakech (2h30 drive).
Arrive to your riad by lunch time, check in and time at leisure.
Meet your guide for an orientation tour of Marrakech & Jamaa Elfna square by horse & cart.
A Moroccan dinner will be served at Dar Marjana Moroccan restaurant including a dinner show.
Overnight at Riad Slitine.
Day 2:
After breakfast, meet your guide to start the tour of the hidden sights of Marrakech to include the legendary Ben Youssef theological college, Marrakech museum and La Koutobia Mosque.
Lunch will be at leisure in Gueliz French colonial district before you carry on your tour by a visit of Majorelle Gardens and its private Berber heritage museum.
Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. 
Overnight at Riad Slitine
Day 3:
Depending on your flight time, spend the morning wondering in the Souks of Marrakech before your transfer to Mazagan, Casablanca or Marrakech airport (your choice).

There are no group activities currently scheduled for this meeting. Any updates will be posted here.

Early Bird Full
Extra Night
Extra Night
Academic $1,474.00 $1,594.00 $790.00 $165.00 $209.00 $35.00
Industry $1,474.00 $1,700.00 $790.00 $165.00 $209.00 $35.00
Student $1,324.00 $1,444.00 $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

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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Registration Deadlines

Talk Submission – 04 Aug 14

Poster Submission – 18 Aug 14

Last Chance – 22 Aug 14

Early bird – expired