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Keystone Symposia to host free public forum on viruses in Breck

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

From Ebola to influenza, viruses have had devastating effects on human communities the world over in the last year.

A free public event in Breckenridge Tuesday, Jan. 13, will feature two researchers from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, who will talk about what they've learned about viruses and immunity as well as the latest discoveries and technologies.

The forum, titled "The Viral Threat in the Age of Ebola," will be hosted by the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, at the Colorado Mountain College Auditorium in Breckenridge, at 107 Denison Placer Road, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Heather Hickman and Jonathan Yewdell, of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will speak for about 45 minutes, then take questions for 30 to 45 minutes.

“Viral disease is really important for public health in general no matter where you live.”
David Woodland
chief scientific officer
Keystone Symposia

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The discussion will be moderated by David Woodland, the chief scientific officer of the Keystone Symposia.

Woodland, a Silverthorne resident, ran an independent research laboratory for more than 20 years and studied viral and bacterial diseases affecting the lungs. He now serves as editor-in-chief of Viral Immunology, an international research journal that publishes 10 times a year.

"Viral disease is really important for public health in general no matter where you live," Woodland said, whether that's Sierra Leone or Summit County.

The level of discussion will be understandable to those outside science and health but it won't be simplistic, he said. He has not seen Hickman present, but Woodland described Yewdell as a lively, entertaining speaker.

THE SYMPOSIA

Keystone Symposia is a Silverthorne-based nonprofit that convenes internationally recognized research conferences for the world's leading biomedical and life scientists.

Founded as UCLA Symposia in 1972 and originally based in Los Angeles, the organization relocated to Colorado in 1990 when it became a free-standing division of The Keystone Center. It split off from the center and became an entirely independent nonprofit in 1997.

In its early years, UCLA Symposia held the first-ever, open international meeting on AIDS in 1984, which was widely credited with helping to catalyze a consensus that AIDS was caused by a retrovirus.

Each year, Keystone Symposia hosts about 13,000 scientists at more than 50 conferences, primarily in mountain resorts of the West. The conferences are open to anyone but tend to be of greatest interest to research scientists at the doctorate level.

From Sunday, Jan. 11, to Friday, Jan. 16, the symposia is holding a research conference on viral immunity at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. People can register for the conference on site for $925 or $700 for students and post-doc fellows.

For more information, visit keystonesymposia.org or call (970) 262-2676.

IF YOU GO

What: A free public forum on “The Viral Threat in the Age of Ebola” featuring two researchers from the National Institutes of Health. Refreshments will be provided.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Colorado Mountain College auditorium, at 107 Denison Placer Road in Breckenridge