The BSI London Immunology Group is pleased to announce the first UK B cell meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2022 at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London.
The importance of B cells to human health and scientific discovery is difficult to overstate, especially in light of the events of the last two years. B cells are central to immunity and memory of infection, yet B cell deficiencies have devastating impacts and their 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 is still great activity and interest in the field, with numerous challenges remaining.
This meeting aims to bring together the UK’s diverse group of B cell researchers and clinicians to foster collaboration in a friendly and fun environment. 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. Join us to celebrate this most versatile of immune cells!
Abstract submission deadline: Friday 25 February 2022
Registration is now open. BSI members benefit from reduced registration fees at this meeting and other BSI events, as well as free access to our journals, grants, bursaries and much more. You can sign up to become a member online.
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|BSI member rate|
|Full & Early Careers||£30|
|Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)||£20|
|Concessionary (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired)||£20|
|Undergraduate (membership included)||£10|
|Full & Early Careers||£50|
|Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)||£35|
|Concessionary (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired)||£35|
As part of our career development package, we have two grants available to BSI members to support your attendance at this event.
- BSI Regional and Affinity Group Conference Grants - BSI members can apply for up to £100 to contribute towards their travel costs in attending this conference. In this scheme, we have 10 grants available for this conference and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to eligible BSI members. Deadline: Tuesday 5 April. Find out more and apply >
- BSI Regional and Affinity Group Carers' Grants - BSI members can apply for up to £100 to contribute towards extra care arrangements costs they incur during the conference, for example, childcare costs, or for additional care for the applicant themselves during the conference. Deadline: Tuesday 5 April. Find out more and apply >