The biennial International Conference on Human Retrovirology: HTLV and Related Viruses has run for 40 years, and has established itself as the premier international conference for basic science and clinical research on HTLV infection, related diseases and complications. The 20th International Conference on Human Retrovirology: HTLV and Related Viruses will be held in virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The previous two conferences were held in Tokyo, Japan in 2017 and in Lima, Peru in 2019.
Meeting History & International Retrovirology Association
The conference was initiated by IRVA, The International Retrovirology Association to promote research and education in the field of human retrovirology at an international level. The Association has chosen to focus on HTLV and other related human and nonhuman primate retroviruses, in part, because numerous other organizations and conferences already exist to study human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
The Association strives to promote excellent science in the field of HTLV and related viruses and to facilitate the communication of scientific results. The Association fosters the education and training of young scientists who will contribute to and expand the field. The Association promotes bench-to-bedside research that translates findings from the laboratory into clinical trials that benefit HTLV-infected patients. In addition, the Association promotes awareness of and education about HTLV and related viruses to non-specialist physicians and the broader public.