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Topic: HPV Latency: Is it real and does it matter?

Speakers: Prof. John Doorbar & Prof. Anna Barbara Moscicki

Moderator: Prof. Margaret Stanley

 

Session description:
Epidemiology studies have shown intermittent detection of the same HPV type occurs in some women. In addition, women that report celibacy have been shown to have incident infections. These observations have brought into question the role of latency vs new cervical infections from either a partner or autoinoculation. Data will be presented that show the strong association with sexual behavior and repeat detection. Clinical data shows that a positive HPV cervical cancer screening test preceded by a negative test is associated with very little risk of CIN 3+ suggesting these are new infections. However, this also suggests that if this is a latent infection, clinically it may not be relevant as well. Data will be shown that intermittent positive tests over prolonged periods, however, do represent risk of CIN 3+ in the rare case.

Topic: HPV: A Virus we ALL can Beat: Accelerating progress against HPV-related cancer in the era of COVID-19

Expert Panel: 

Dr. Joel Palefsky (host) M.D. Infectious Disease Specialist, Professor of Medicine and Laboratory Medicine UCSF

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents at WHO

Prof. Margaret Stanley, President IPVS, Emeritus Professor of Epithelial Biology in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge

Mr. Peter Baker, Director of Global Action on Men’s Health and HPV Vaccination Advocate

Dr. Satish Gopal, Director, Center for Global Health National Cancer Institute

Ms. Patti  Murillo Casa, Cervical Cancer Survivor, Advocate, Founder of anewcamino.com

Moderator: Mr. Rageh Omaar, ITV News International Affairs Editor, presenter of current affairs programme @ITVOnAssignment

Session description:
The International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS) hosted a high level panel discussion on International HPV Awareness Day March 4th, 2021. Leading experts examined the challenges and opportunities that the COVID pandemic has created in the battle to beat HPV and eliminate HPV-related cancer. Moderated by ITV International Affairs editor Rageh Omaar and hosted by Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Joel Palefsky, this discussion targets health care professionals, public policy makers and HPV specialists.

Topic: The Future of HPV Research – Capitalizing on Current Opportunities

Speakers: Prof. Mario Poljak & Dr. Anja Sterbenc, Prof. Gina Ogilvie & Dr. Robine Donken

Moderator: Dr Elisabeth McClymont

 

Session description:
The goal of this young investigators’ webinar was to inspire early career HPV professionals with useful ideas for future research. The mentee/mentor pairs presented their ideas on promising topics for laboratory and public health research. The focus of research over the next 10 years was discussed and knowledge gaps were identified. The webinar ended with a live Q&A session.