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Frontiers in comparative immunology series: T cell biology



This one-day meeting, 'Frontiers in comparative immunology series: T cell biology', will take place virtually on Thursday 18 March 2021 from 10:00 to 16:45 GMT.

There have been many significant advances in understanding the turnover, migration and function of conventional T lymphocytes and the importance of resident T cell populations in local immune surveillance. This meeting brings together experts in mouse, avian, bovine, porcine and human T cells to share their insights as to how best to harness T cell immunity.

The meeting is organised by the Comparative and Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG) of the British Society for Immunology in conjunction with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council UK and International Veterinary Vaccinology Networks (VVN and IVVN). CVIG, VVN and IVVN believe that this meeting will advance our knowledge and understanding of conventional T cells and stimulate new cross species collaborations.

Besides a strong line-up of speakers, there will be opportunities to network with attendees and for early career researchers to present posters at the meeting. The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) will fund a limited number of places for participants from low-and-middle income countries. Please see below for more information.

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All sessions to comprise of 25 mins presentation and 5 mins Q&A

Session 1: Harnessing T cell Immunity

Chair: Dr Lindert Benedictus, Utrecht University, Netherlands

10:15 – 10:45    Prof Annette Oxenius (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
                           Inflators and protectors: T cells in cytomegalovirus infection
10:45 – 11:15    Prof Gregers Jungersen (Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark)
                           Mobilising T cells by adjuvant immunomodulation
11:15 – 11:30    Comfort break
11:30 – 12:00    Prof Ann Ager (University of Cardiff, UK)
                           L-selectin: not just a lymph node homing receptor on T-cells
12:00 – 12:30    Prof Jim Kaufman (University of Edinburgh and University of Cambridge, UK)
                           Generalist and specialist MHC molecules: the effect of peptide repertoire and cell surface
                           expression on thymocytes and T cells
12:30 – 14:30    Lunch, Poster session, Networking

Session 2: Magnitude, Quality and Function of T cell Responses

Chair: Dr Elma Tchilian, The Pirbright Institute, UK

14:30 – 15:00    Dr Crystal Loving (USDA, Ames, USA)
                            Deeper understanding of porcine peripheral and intestinal T cell populations through single-cell
15:00 – 15:30    Prof David Masopust (University of Minnesota, USA)
                           Memory CD8 T Cell Immunosurveillance
15:30 – 15:45    Comfort break
15:45 – 16:15    Prof Linda Saif (Ohio State University, USA)
                            T cell responses to rotavirus vaccine in a piglet model: Impacts of probiotics and malnutrition
 16:15 – 16:45    Dr Alessandro Sette (La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, USA)
                           Studies on the adaptive responses to SARS CoV2
16:45                  Close event and end of meeting

Abstract submission

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Online registration is open. Reduced rates are offered to BSI members – you can join the BSI online. Membership includes many benefits to help you progress your career.


 BSI Members
 BSI Member - Full  £10
 BSI Member - Early Careers *  £10
 BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £10
 BSI Member - Concessionary **  £10
 Non-Member  £50
 Non-Member - Postgraduate & Concessionary  £35
 IVVN member from low and middle income countries ***   £10
 Undergraduates  Free

* Early Careers includes those employed as post-doctoral researchers, for the first 5 years post graduation

** Concessionary includes those on parental leave, career break, retired and emeritus retired

*** The IVVN will fund a limited number of places for participants from low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) to attend this event. Please email the BSI events team at for a funding discount code and details on how to register. Please note, you must be a member of the IVVN (free membership is available here) to apply for a funded place.

This event is supported by the Veterinary Vaccinology Network (VVN) and the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN).