International Conference on Opportunistic Pathogens (ICOPA-India 2010)

Venue: New Delhi

Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Event Date/Time: Sep 27, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 30, 2010
Early Registration Date: Aug 30, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Jul 15, 2010
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Since the original description of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in1981 and the establishment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as its etiological agent in 1983, this infection is now recognized world wide. Almost every country has suffered from this pandemic in many ways. The disease not only dwarfed all other medical conditions, but also has been the greatest social enigma and has shown its impact on the global economy.

The discovery of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has been a boon to the HIV infected persons, but this has posed a major challenge to health workers. Due to HAART many more HIV infected persons are living longer, but most of these infected can not afford it for life long. In view of this, several nations including India have started providing free ART. Whether or not on HAART, the life time risk of contracting opportunistic infections (OI) is extremely high. Also concerns of resistance to anti-retroviral drugs have become important. Recently several breakthroughs have occurred in the field of HIV such as co-pathogens of HIV, receptor attachment, neuropathology, tissue tropism, testing guidelines for diagnosis and blood safety, opt-out and universal testing strategies, drug resistance mechanisms and future vaccine candidates against HIV. The pattern of OIs and the treatment protocols also differ from country to country and region to region. Most of these issues will be discussed during this unique conference on first two days.

Beside HIV/AIDS opportunistic infections are also major cause of mortality and morbidity in organ transplant recipients, including the bone-marrow and stem cell recipients and also in all solid organ transplants. Therefore, we have given a full day for scientific deliberations on opportunistic pathogens in organ transplants and those who have congenital immune-deficiencies.

I, on behalf of myself, the organizing committee and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, cordially invite you all to this historic capital city of India to participate in this very important scientific meeting. During the conference period, New Delhi will be hosting the Common Wealth Games and will be fully renovated and ready for receiving all guests. The floriculture view and weather of Delhi during this period is most spectacular and pleasant. The delegates are encouraged to visit Lutyens Delhi and various other parts of Delhi and adjoin areas using World class Metro trains. I once again wish your stay at Delhi very happy, safe and academically fruitful.

Prof. Sarman Singh, MD, FAMS
Chairman, Organising Committee


New Delhi
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi