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Medicine at the Crick: Innate immune sensing of nucleic acids in medicine

The Francis Crick Institute, London


The Medicine at the Crick event series showcases major advances in biomedical science and raises awareness of the medical implications of major scientific advances. Each event is free and comprises a series of talks, followed by networking.

'Innate immune sensing of nucleic acids in medicine' will be a hybrid event with a limited in-person audience joined by others online. Hosted by Professor Caetano Reis e Sousa from The Francis Crick Institute, the 8th edition of Medicine at the Crick will focus on our current understanding of innate immune sensing of nucleic acids and review its role in immunity to infection, cancer, autoinflammation and autoimmunity.

Nucleic acids, long known as encoders of genetic information, can play an additional role in triggering innate immune sensors that alert the body to cellular stress or the presence of potential pathogens. Nucleic acid sensing can be beneficial and drive immune reactions that limit infection or promote cancer immunity. However, it can misfire or become dysregulated, contributing to chronic inflammatory reactions and autoimmune disease.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Professor Andrea Ablasser, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne - EPFL
  • Professor Jan Rehwinkel, University of Oxford
  • Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu, Imperial College London
  • Professor Yanick Crow, The University of Edinburgh and Institute Imagine, Paris
  • Professor Ann Marshak-Rothstein, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Registration is free. Book your place here.