Abstract Submission


The 24th Annual International Symposium of Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses will accept abstracts from 28 February to 31 May, midnight Eastern Time on the following topics:

  • Emerging Viruses
  • Viral Entry, Replication, and Morphogenesis
  • Viral Pathogenesis, Progression of Liver Disease, and Hepatocarcinogenesis
  • Applications of Methodological Advances to Virus Research
  • Antivirals – Molecular Mechanisms, Resistance and Clinical Trials
  • Innate Immunity
  • Adaptive Immunity
  • Cell Culture Systems and Animal Models
  • Vaccine Design and Development
  • Implementation of HCV Cure – Is Eradication Possible?


Scientific Workshops

New this year, the symposium will offer four scientific workshops, in addition to our standard oral sessions.  The goal of the workshops is to energize the field on selected topics of special urgency and to encourage discussion and exchange of information.  Workshops will be organized by two recognized leaders of the respective fields and feature selected oral presentations, followed by a moderated discussion.


We strongly encourage submission of abstracts corresponding to the four workshop topics selected for HCV 2017:


Workshop 1: Cell culture systems and animal models. Learn about the state-of-the-art systems for growing HCV, and how to handle and utilize different animal models for studying HCV biology, antivirals and vaccines.


Workshop 2: HCV neutralizing antibodies. The workshop will discuss the methodology and result interpretation of several popular HCV neutralization assays, the mechanisms of antibody neutralization and the targeted epitopes, and the correlates of antibody neutralization to protection.


Workshop 3: HCV vaccine design & development. A broadly effective vaccine to HCV is of utmost importance to public health. The workshop will focus on the scientific rationale and technical challenges in developing an HCV vaccine, and the strategies in vaccine design to target this genetically diverse virus.


Workshop 4: Implementation of HCV cure --- Is eradication possible? The era of direct acting antivirals (DAAs) to HCV has prompted many to foretell the end of the HCV endemic. This workshop will bring experts in the field to discuss the potentials and limitations of DAAs and the path forward to HCV eradication.


"Open mic" panel discussion: Conveying the message that HCV research still matters. The quest for a solution to hepatitis C has generated a wealth of scientific knowledge to both basic and medical sciences. However, recent success in drug development has also led many to believe the HCV endemic is over and there is no further need to invest in HCV research. An open forum will be dedicated to the debate of why HCV research still matters and how the research community can come together to convey the message to the general public.



Submitting authors must register for the Symposium prior to submitting an abstract.


Once registered, you will receive a registration confirmation letter with a link to submit an abstract. The submitting author must be the same person who will present the abstract at the Symposium. All accepted abstracts will be published in the HCV 2017 Abstract Book. You may submit more than one abstract for review. However, each submission must be completed before a new abstract submission can be started.


Abstract Submission Procedure

You will receive a link to submit your abstract in your registration confirmation.  Once you receive this link, simply follow the instructions on the submission site to complete your abstract submission.

  • Click “click HERE to make a new submission” on the left side of the page to enter the submission site.
  • Read and accept the Deadlines and Procedures Agreement.
  • Complete all required fields.
  • Submit your abstract by clicking the “Submit” button at the bottom of the screen.


Abstract Formatting

Abstract titles should be entered in title case. This is an Example of Title Case.

Authors’ names will appear in the order they were entered in the submission site with the presenting author’s name bolded. The presenting author’s contact information will be included in the Abstract Book.


Please do not enter information, such as author’s names, contact information or abstract titles in all capitalized letters. Capitalize letters only where necessary. The formatting of abstracts for the abstract book including fonts, font sizes, underlining, and bolding will be done electronically by the Symposium Coordinators.


The body of each abstract is limited to 300 words.  Please verify your abstract is complete prior to submitting.   


Acceptance of Abstracts

Compliance with all stated conditions including adherence to the deadline is required. A confirmation email will be sent to the submitter once the submission is complete.


Submitting authors must register to attend the Symposium prior to submitting an abstract.  The abstract submission period closes on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. 


The Organizing Committee reserves the right to accept or decline all submissions and to select the presentation format. If your abstract is NOT accepted for either a poster or oral presentation, you registration fees will be reimbursed to you in full upon request. If your abstract is accepted for a poster or oral presentation, the standard cancellation policy applies.


Submitters will be notified of acceptance status and form of presentation by Friday, 30 June 2017.



For questions regarding abstract submission, please contact:


HCV 2017 Symposium Coordinator