Montreal DNA Tumour Virus Meeting (DNATV)

Montreal DNA Tumour Virus Meeting
July 20 - 25, 2020
Montreal (Quebec) Canada


Due to public health concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the Montreal DNA Tumor Virus Meeting 2020 will not take place as scheduled. Although the meeting is still over three months away, it is likely that conditions in July will not be conducive for travel and large public gatherings. We are in consultation with the international organizing committee, in order to determine how to further proceed. We will keep you updated, through email as well as the Montreal DNATV website.


About the Meeting

The Montreal DNA Tumour Virus (DNATV) Meeting brings together a diverse group of researchers focused on the study of polyomaviruses, papillomaviruses, adenoviruses and herpesvirus. These viruses have served as invaluable models towards understanding cancer progression and in some cases are also clinically important pathogens that cause cancer in humans. The most notable example is human papillomavirus as the cause of essentially all cervical cancers. Research on HPV and other DNA tumour viruses continues to progress rapidly, and this Meeting is a major forum for the dissemination of research findings. The DNATV Meeting has occurred yearly for over 5 decades and has showcased extraordinary breakthroughs in virology and cancer biology. This will be the third Meeting held in Canada. The goal of this Meeting is to bring together the DNA tumour virus research community from across the globe, highlight the year’s most outstanding research accomplishments in the field, and foster international collaboration. The last Montreal DNATV Meeting in 2016 had nearly 200 scientists from 21 different countries in attendance and was a great success in part due to the support of the CIHR, Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Tourism Montreal and other sponsors.

Local Organizers

Jose Teodoro, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry
Goodman Cancer Research Centre, McGill University

Jacques Archambault, PhD
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, McGill University


How to Contact Us

Please send all your questions, comments and requests concerning this Meeting to DNATV [at]

Plenary Lectures

Dr. Eduardo Franco, James McGill Professor, Chair of Department of Oncology, McGill University

Dr. Reuben Harris, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Patrick Hearing, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University




Registration fee includes: Attendance at the Meeting, a book of abstracts, all breakfasts, refreshment breaks, buffet lunches and dinners, opening cocktail and dinner and the closing banquet.


Important notes:

  • Your registration is complete when payment is accepted. You will receive a confirmation by email.
  • Attendees must register in order to be able to submit an abstract via the online link.
  • The online registration will close two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference.
  • There will be no registration on site.
  • There will be a limited number of awards for outstanding abstracts submitted by trainees. It will be provided in the form of registration fee waivers. Click on the Financial Support tab for details on how to apply.
  • Depending on your nationality, you may require a visitor’s visa to enter Canada.
    • Please consult the following website to confirm if that is the case:
    • To inquire about the visa approval time, please consult your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate.
    • The DNATV organizers have no influence over the visa issuing process.
    • The organizers will provide you with a letter of invitation upon request. Please email us at DNATV [at]

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellations must be received in writing at DNATV [at] no later than 14 days prior to the Meeting date to receive a refund, less the $100 handling fee.
  • There will be no refund for cancellations received less than 2 weeks prior to the Meeting.

Meeting Schedule

Please find the preliminary meeting schedule at the link below: 

Microsoft Office document icon Preliminary Schedule

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission instructions:

  • All abstracts must be submitted using the provided template, saved as a Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) file. Fileabstract_template_final.docx
  • Save the abstract as a Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) file titled: first name _ last name.docx. 
  • If submitting multiple abstracts please specify the number (first name _ last name _ 2 or 3)
  • When filling out the template, replace all guidelines with your own text.
  • The abstract must be submitted in English. 
  • The title of the abstract must be followed by the list of authors and their affiliations.
  • Presenting author’s name must be underlined in the list of authors.
  • The abstract text must be single-spaced and no more than 2500 characters long (including spaces). 
  • No changes to the abstract can be made after submission, therefore please ensure the abstract is correct before submitting it through the registration link. 

Financial Support

There are a limited number of awards that will be provided in the form of registration fee waivers. Eligible participants include: post-doctoral fellows or graduate students who are submitting an abstract. 

Note: If you require financial support please apply for the award and wait for confirmation before registering. Otherwise, we will be unable to reimburse you for the total registration amount.

Since there is a limited number of awards available, we encourage you to look for other financial options either with your institution, private corporations or governmental support program.

Venue and Accommodation

Symposium location:

Centre Mont Royal
2200 Rue Mansfield
Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3A 3R8

Notes on Food: Included in the registration fees are: breakfasts, refreshment breaks, buffet lunches, and dinners. 


Accommodations are not included in the conference fees.

However, McGill University will negotiate a block of rooms, at preferential rates, at Hotel Le Cantlie Suites to those attending the DNATV Meeting on a "first-come, first-served" basis. 

Room rate/night

(single/double occupancy*)

Type of room


Studio King


Studio 2 queen



*For double occupancy: The Meeting organizers and the Hotel will not assist you with finding a co-occupant.

The rates above include wireless internet access.

Guest room rates may be extended 1 day pre and 1 day post conference upon the hotel's availability.

The above rates are quoted in Canadian dollars and subject to all applicable taxes.

Cancellations are permitted without penalty if cancelled more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Please call the hotel directly to cancel. 


Individual reservation requests may be communicated either by:

E-mail: reservations [at]
Phone: 514-842-2000
Long Distance: 1- 888-CANTLIE (226-8543)

Or via the online registration link below:

Hotel Registration

Hotel Le Cantlie Suites
1110 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A IG9

Hotel Le Cantlie Suites is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, on prestigious Sherbrooke Street. This charming boutique style hotel offers 255 spacious rooms and suites. All rooms offer the added convenience of fully equipped galley-style kitchenettes that include microwave and fridge, making the Hotel Le Cantlie Suites perfect for your stay.

This hotel, with its central location, is surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants, designer fashion shops, and renowned museums. In addition, the hotel is within walking distance to McGill University, the Centre Mont-Royal Convention Center, and Montreal’s extensive underground Metro system.

Hotel services include, rooftop heated swimming pool and sun deck (in season), a state of the art fitness center, room service, dry cleaning service ($), and indoor valet parking ($).

At the fully licensed Le Mezz Restaurant/Bar, guests can enjoy Continental or American buffet breakfast as well as lunch and dinner à la carte. Also offered are: daily room service, in-room complimentary coffee & tea, iron / ironing board / hair and dryer, telephone with remote access voice mail, individual climate control in every room.

Getting Around Montreal

It is recommended for out-of-town attendees to plan their travel well in advance to take advantage of good airfare and/or bus rates.

Travel Reminders:

  • All travellers from the USA and other countries require a valid passport to enter Canada and should check visa requirements (See Registration tab).
  • Each participant is responsible for ensuring that they have all the necessary papers required to enter Canada at the time of their arrival.
  • Be sure to confirm air and hotel arrangements at least 24 hours in advance of departure.
  • As a reminder, never leave your wallet and passport unattended while traveling, and have copies of all identification and credit cards in case of theft of originals.


The Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport is 30 minutes away from downtown Montreal by rental car, shuttle or taxi:

  • Taxis are available at approximately $50 CAD.
  • For specific hotel shuttle services: Please check with the hotel you booked with
  • The Express Bus 747 is available. One-way fare is $10 CAD (coins only, no bills). This bus is in service 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Tickets can be purchased at the Airport or directly from the driver. No reservations required. Please ask the bus driver to drop you off at the Peel stop which is a 10 minute walk or 3 minute taxi ride to the Hotel Le Cantlie Suites. (

To view more information, please visit the airport’s official website.

Via Rail Canada
VIA operates up to 497 trains weekly on 12,500 kilometers of track, and serves 450 communities across the country, from coast to coast and north to Hudson Bay. The nearest train stop is located about 1 mile (1.8 kilometers) from the meeting site. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the Via Rail Canada website.

For anyone traveling from the United States, Amtrak has daily departures from multiple American cities to downtown Montreal. The train will stop 1 mile (1.8 kilometers) from the meeting site. To plan your trip please visit Amtrak’s site.

Montreal is accessible from various major expressways that lead directly to the city. Please remember to obey all Canadian road restrictions. Please note that right turning on a red light is not permitted on the Island of Montreal. Parking at Hotel Le Cantlie costs $23 CAD per day.

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