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BSI Midlands Immunology Group Symposium 2023

BSI event
River Soar in Leicester
College Court Conference Centre, Leicester, UK
In person
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Showcasing the best immunology research across the Midlands

We are excited to announce that the BSI Midlands Immunology Group will be hosting their annual symposium in Leicester on Thursday 8 June 2023. The event will cover the broad and exciting immunology research that is being undertaken across the Midlands region.

Abstract submission is now closed.

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09:00–10:00 | Registration  

10:00–10:05 | Welcome

Session 1: Innate Immunity

Chairs: Dr David Bending, University of Birmingham, UK and Georgina Hopkins, University of Nottingham, UK

10:05–10:35 | Professor James Brewer, University of Glasgow, UK, KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Vaccine Adjuvants: where they go, how they get there, what they do and why should you care?

10:35–10:45 | Professor Marco Oggioni, University of Leicester, UK (Selected short talk)
A role for human splenic tissue macrophages during the earliest phases of invasive disease

10:45–10:55 | Ebrima Bojang, University of Birmingham, UK (Selected short talk)
Vancomycin disrupts macrophage antifungal immunity

10:55–11:15 | Dr Rebecca Drummond, University of Birmingham, UK  (Invited speaker)
Brain-specific immune responses during fungal meningitis

11:15–11:50 | Refreshment break  

Session 2: Translational Immunology

Chairs: Professor Lucy Fairclough, University of Nottingham, UK and Dr Martin Davey, University of Warwick, UK

11:50–12:20 | Professor Menna Clatworthy, University of Cambridge, UK, KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Tales of tissue immunity

12:20–12:30 | Dr Danai Bagkou Dimakou, University of Birmingham, UK (Selected short talk)
Complement and inflammatory marker analysis in women with obstetric antiphospholipid syndrome (OAPS)

12:30–12:40 | Dr Scott P Davies, University of Birmingham, UK (Selected short talk)
Large E-cadherin+ CD103+ CD8+ T cells invade biliary epithelial cells through interactions with β-catenin

12:40–13:00 | Dr Luisa Martinez-PomaresUniversity of Nottingham, UK  (Invited speaker)
Sulfation at glycopolymer side chains switches activity at the macrophage mannose receptor (CD206) in vitro and in vivo; implications for CD206-targeted therapies

13:00–14:30 | Lunch, exhibition and poster session from 13:45 to 14:30

Session 3: Adaptive Immunity

Chairs: Dr Rebecca Drummond, University of Birmingham, UK and Dr Zhi Li, University of Birmingham, UK

14:30–15:00 | Professor David Sansom, University College London, UK, KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Differences between CD80 and CD86 affect both the CTLA-4 and PD-1 checkpoints

15:00–15:10 | Dr Lozan Sheriff, University of Birmingham, UK (Selected short talk)
Blockade of lag3 synergizes responses to anti-PD-L1 through increasing duration of T cell receptor signalling

15:10–15:20 | Dr Joy Edwards-Hicks, University of Cambridge, UK (Selected short talk)
Phosphoinositide acyl chain saturation drives CD8+ effector T cell signaling and function

15:20–15:40 | Dr Judith Ramage, University of Nottingham, UK (Invited speaker)
Activated tissue-resident memory T-cells (CD8+CD103+CD39+) uniquely predict survival in left sided “immune-hot” colorectal cancers

15:45–16:00 | Closing remarks and prizes

16:00–17:00 | Networking reception

17:00 | Close


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BSI grants to support your attendance at this event

As part of our career development package, we have two grants available to BSI members to support your attendance at this event. 

  • BSI Regional & 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: Thursday 18 May. Find out more and apply.
  • BSI Regional & 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. Deadline: Thursday 18 May. Find out more and apply.

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