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Barrier Immunity

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Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT


The British Society for Immunology's London Immunology Group is pleased to bring you their annual meeting entitled ‘Barrier Immunity' taking place on Wednesday 18 September 2019 in London, UK.

This meeting will have a broad scope, focusing on key areas where the immune system is uniquely specialised to meet the needs and challenges at barrier sites, including the lung, gut and placenta. It will feature high profile speakers from academia and industry, while providing poster and oral presentation slots for early career researchers.

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Early career delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work as an oral or poster presentation. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words (structured as background, methods and results, conclusions) and should be submitted via our Google Docs form . The abstract submission deadline is 5pm Friday 9 August 2019.


08:30–09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:00–09:15 Welcome

Session I - Session Chairs:  Alice Burton and James Harker
09:15–09:45 Mark Travis (University of Manchester) - Regulation of barrier immunity by integrins and TGF-beta
09:45–10:00 Dr Fränze Progatzky (The Francis Crick Institute) - Enteric glia shape intestinal tissue responses to parasite infection
10:00–10:15 Geraldine Jowett (King's College London) - ILC1 drive epithelial proliferation and matrix remodelling through TGF-beta1  
10:15–10:45 Tim Willinger (Karolinska Institutet, Center for Infectious Medicine) - Origin and ontogeny of human lung macrophages

10:45-–11:15 Refreshment break

Session II - Session Chairs: Tom Maguire and Laura Pallett
11:15–11:45 Donna Farber (Columbia University Medical Center) - Tissue adaptations of human lymphocytes in barrier sites
11:45–12:00 Duncan McKenzie (Francis Crick Institute) - Intraepithelial lymphocytes undertake skin immunosurveillance by sensing Skint1
12.00–12:15 Elizabeth Mann (University of Manchester) - Microbial disruption drives metabolic rewiring in pulmonary macrophages and a dysregulated type 2 response in the lung
12:15–12:45 Clare Lloyd (Imperial College London) - Living on the edge: epithelial regulation of pulmonary immunity

12:45–14:15 Lunch, poster presentations + exhibitors

Session III - Session Chairs: Louisa James and Ryan Thwaites
14:15–14:45 Muzz Haniffa (Newcastle University) - Barrier immunity: insights from a skin cell atlas
14:45–15:00 William Branchett (Imperial College London) -  IL-10 regulation of non-type 2 immunity to allergen in the lung
15:00–15:15 Eliza Gil (University College London) -  Perivascular cells: orchestrating neutrophil recruitment across the blood-brain barrier in a model of pneumococcal meningitis
15:15–15:45 Ashley Moffett (Cambridge Univeristy) - Drawing the boundary between the mother and her fetus

15:45–16:15 Refreshment break

Session IV - Session Chairs: Sophie Curio and Lucia Possamai
16:15–16:30 Luke Roberts (King's College London) - Acetylcholine production by type 2 innate lymphoid cells promotes mucosal immunity to helminth parasites
16:30–16:45 Emily Thornton (University of Oxford) - Commensal-reactive, IL-23 responsive T cells promote gut barrier immunity
16:45–17:15 Kathy McCoy (University of Calgary) - Microbiome and regulation of homeostasis and barrier function in the small intestine

17:15–17:30 Closing remarks and prize presentations  
17:30–19:00 Networking reception


Online registration is now open. You can join the BSI online - membership provides many benefits to help you progress your career. Undergraduate membership is free. 

BSI members
BSI member - Full and Early Career* £30
BSI member - Postgraduate** £20
BSI member - Concessionary*** £20
Full and Early Career* £50
Postgraduate** £35
Concessionary*** £35
Undergraduate (membership is free) £10

* Early careers includes scientists employed as post-doctoral researchers, for the first 5 years post graduation.
** Including PhD, Masters
*** Concessionary includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired.


Our thanks to the following sponsors for supporting this event.

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If you would like to enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email Jane Sessenwein.


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