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Melendy Receives Award from HPV Conference

Published September 28, 2010

Thomas Melendy, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology and biochemistry, received the award for best overall presentation in basic sciences at the 26th International Papillomavirus Conference.

Melendy’s presentation—titled “Lack of DNA damage checkpoint regulation for HPV DNA replication: a reason for integration?”—described research he carried out at UB and Glasgow University. The work explains why HPV, unlike other DNA viruses, integrates so readily into the genome of human cells. Integration is the first critical step leading to HPV cancers.

Among hundreds of presentations delivered at the six-day conference, Melendy’s was one of only two—one for basic science and one for clinical research—selected for the awards.

Considered the leading forum in the field, the conference encompasses all areas of papillomavirus research. This year it was held in Montreal and drew more than 2,000 delegates from around the world.