The British Society for Immunology’s London Immunology Group is pleased to announce the first UK B cell meeting on Wednesday 1 July 2020 at the Glasshouse in Camden, London. The aim of the meeting is to bring together the UK’s diverse group of B cell researchers and clinicians and to foster collaboration in a friendly and fun environment.
The importance of B cells to human health and scientific discovery is difficult to overstate. B cells are central to immunity and memory of infection, yet B cell deficiencies have devastating impacts and dysregulation underlines many autoimmune and allergic diseases. From a scientific perspective, molecular biologists have long been fascinated by the regulation of the B cell cycle and antibody gene rearrangement, analysis of which has led to fundamental discoveries in genetics, cell biology and cancer. Monoclonal antibodies have proved fundamental to research in all disciplines of biology and have been an important weapon in our fight against disease since the 1980s. This unique ability to produce antibodies underpins many cutting-edge treatments, forming the basis of the majority of vaccines and checkpoint blockade therapies.
Over 50 years on from the discovery of their role as the source of antibodies, B cells remain one of the most diversely studied and utilised cells of the immune system. Thanks to recent progress in experimental approaches, we now have a greater appreciation of the complex nature of B cell development and their role in immune regulation and homeostasis. Despite this wealth of knowledge, there remains still great activity and interest in the field, with numerous challenges remaining.
To coincide with this first meeting we are running a competition for the best B cell-inspired image. Send your favourite images to email@example.com or @London_immuno #BUK2020. Please remember to include the meeting title in the email subject line when submitting your images.
The day will consist of two keynote presentations, selected short talks, elevator pitch presentations, posters and networking sessions where researchers at all career stages will be able to discuss their latest research or even research in the pipeline. More information coming soon.
Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work. The abstract submission deadline is Friday 1 May 2020. Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words) using this Google doc form.
|BSI Member - Full & Early Careers *||£30|
|BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)||£20|
|BSI Member - Concessionary **||£20|
|Full & Early Careers *||£50|
|Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)||£35|
|Undergraduate (membership is free)||£10|
* Early careers includes scientists employed as post-doctoral researchers, for the first 5 years post graduation.
** Concessionary includes Parental leave, Career Breaks, Retired, Emeritus Retired.
Our thanks to the following sponsors for supporting this event
If you would like to enquire about sponsorship opportunities for this meeting, please email Jane Sessenwein.