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2021 Oxford Immunology Symposium

Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 - 09:30 to Thursday, 22 April, 2021 - 11:45


The University of Oxford Immunology Network, in collaboration with the British Society for Immunology's Oxford Immunology Group, is hosting the 2021 Oxford Immunology Symposium online. The symposium will be held over three days, approximately 2.5 hours on each day, showcasing the fantastic immunology research happening across Oxford. 


09:30 - 09:35    Welcome   
                          Paul Klenerman (University of Oxford, UK)

Session 1: Tuesday 20 April 2021

Chairs: Paul Klenerman (University of Oxford, UK) and Alex Spencer (University of Oxford, UK)

09:35 – 10:25    Judi Allen (University of Manchester, UK)
                           Macrophages in type 2 immunity: learning from tissue-dwelling worms
10:25 – 10:45    Pedro Moura Alves (University of Oxford, UK)
                           AhR sensing bacterial quorum during infection
10:45 – 10:55    Comfort break
10:55 – 11:15    Sally Cowley (University of Oxford, UK)
                           Interrogating the roles of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's associated genes in iPS-macrophages
                           and microglia 

11:15 – 11:25    Ciara Maguire (University of Oxford, UK)
                           Retinyl Esters: A new family of CD1a ligands? - Selected talk
11:25 – 11:35    Tim Willinger (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
                           Distinct developmental pathways from blood monocytes generate human lung
                           macrophage diversity - Selected talk
11:35 – 11:45    Richard Baugh (University of Oxford, UK)
                          Using innate immune ligands to activate adaptive immune cells for
                          Glioblastoma therapy - Selected talk

Session 2: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Chairs: Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic (University of Oxford, UK) and Athena Cavounidis (University of Oxford, UK)

14:00– 14:20    Rachael Bashford-Rogers (University of Oxford, UK)
                          Using genetics to investigate adaptive immune responses in health & disease
14:20 – 14:40    Dimitra Peppa (University of Oxford, UK)
                           SARS-CoV-2 responses in people living with HIV
14:40 – 14:50    Mirjam Schilling (University of Oxford, UK)
                           Circadian regulation of SARS-CoV-2 infection in lung epithelial cells - Selected talk
14:50 – 15:00    Amy Cross (University of Oxford, UK)
                           Immune spatial heterogeneity within critical COVID-19 patient lungs - Selected talk
15:00 – 15:10    Comfort break
15:10 – 16:00    John Wherry (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
                          Molecular mechanisms and role of exhausted CD8 T cells in disease

Session 3: Thursday 22 April 2021

Chairs: Audrey Gerard (University of Oxford, UK) and Alex Spencer (University of Oxford, UK)

09:30– 10:20    Annette Oxenius (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
                          Regulation of T cell fate diversity
10:20 – 10:30    Dingxi Zhou (University of Oxford, UK)
                           Autophagy-mediated transition of interleukin signalling is crucial to
                          CD4+ T cell proliferation - Selected talk
10:30 – 10:40     Dominik Aschenbrenner (University of Oxford, UK)
                            Gain-of-function variants in SYK cause immune dysregulation and systemic inflammation
                             in humans and mice - Selected talk
10:40 – 10:50     Megan Teh (University of Oxford, UK)
                            Characterisation of iron dependent pathways in T-cells - Selected talk
10:50 – 11:00    Comfort break
11:00 – 11:20    Mariolina Salio (University of Oxford, UK)
                          A MAIT cell journey, from Salmonella to COVID
11:20 – 11:40    Nick Provine (University of Oxford, UK)
                          The role of MAIT cells in regulating vaccine immunogenicity  

11:40 – 11:45    Closing comments                       

Abstract submission for oral presentation

Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work as an oral presentation online. The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday 31 March 2021. Please submit your abstract (max. 200 words) using this Google doc form.


This event is free for all to attend. Book your free place here.

Please join the BSI Oxford Immunology Group and University of Oxford Immunology Network for what is sure to be an exciting event! Please note, presentations will not be recorded.