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BSI Trauma Immunology Workshop

Centre for Professional Development, The Medical School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK


This one day meeting, to be held at the University of Birmingham on 27 March 2019, is the BSI’s inaugural meeting in trauma immunology, a growing and exciting field of immunology. It aims to highlight our developing understanding of the importance of the immune response in progression and outcome of traumatic injury. This meeting is hosted by the BSI's Infection & Immunity Affinity Group


This event will bring together clinicians, academics and anyone else interested in learning about this new field and has an excellent line-up of speakers including both clinical and scientific presentations covering topics from a range of aspects of immunological and host responses to trauma.


09:30  Registration

10:00  Welcome and the case for trauma immunology –  Janet Lord, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham 

10:10  Why do we need to understand the human immune response to injury – Karim Brohi, Blizard Institute, QMUL

10:45  24/7 analysis of suppression of innate immunity in trauma patients by point-of-care automated flow cytometry – Leo Koenderman, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands

11:15  The ultra-early immune response to trauma – Jon Hazeldine, NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre, University of Birmingham 

11:35  Tea/coffee

12:00 Neutrophil responses during inflammation, infection, and sepsis Daniel Irimia, Harvard University

12:30  Selected short talk
Natural killer cell activation during the hyperacute phase after major trauma appears associated with adverse outcomes
Joanna Shepherd, Queen Mary University of London, UK

12:45  Selected short talk
Immune systems dynamics immediately post trauma: Golden Hour Cohort study
Laura Bravo Merodio, University of Birmingham, UK

13:00 Lunch and poster viewing

14:00  Immunometabolism: the role of metabolomics in developing prognostic tools in trauma – Rick Dunn, Phenome Centre Birmingham, University of Birmingham

14:20  Extracellular vesicles and the response to trauma – Paul Harrison, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham 

14:40 How does fluid resuscitation affect the acute host response in a pre-clinical trauma model? – Robert Purcell DSTL, Porton Down  

15:00 Selected short talk
Accelerated immune ageing in severely injured trauma patients
Niharika A Duggal, University of Birmingham, UK

15:15 Selected short talk
Linking Inflammation and Tissue Repair - the Role of the Inflammatory Cells
Magdalena E.M. Oremek, University of Edinburgh, UK

15:30 Selected short talk
Platelet-derived microvesicles interact with circulating leukocytes in patients with post-traumatic multiple organ dysfunction
Paul Vulliamy, Queen Mary University of London, UK

15:45 A butterfly in a storm: Understanding trauma injury at a systems level – Mike Barnes, QMUL

16:15 Close

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is open for selected short talks at the meeting. Abstract submissions are welcome from any researcher but are particularly encouraged from early career researchers.

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words should be submitted via our Google Docs form. The submission deadline is now Monday 25 February 2019.


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  £25
 BSI Member - Early Careers *  £25
 BSI Member - Postgraduate **  £15
 BSI Member - Concessionary ***  £15
 Non-Member  £45
 Non-Member - Postgraduate ** & Concessionary ***  £30
 Undergraduates  £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.


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