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Discovery to clinical applications of regulatory T cells in autoimmunity and transplantation

Edgbaston Park Hotel, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK


We're pleased to invite you to attend 'Discovery to clinical applications of regulatory T cells in autoimmunity and transplantation', hosted by the BSI West Midlands Immunology Group in conjunction with the University of Birmingham. The event is taking place on Thursday 11 July 2019 at Edgbaston Park Hotel in Birmingham.

The keynote speech will be given by Prof Shimon Sakaguchi, from Osaka University, Japan. The one-day symposium will cover both the function and development of regulatory T cells and how their biology is being exploited in the clinic to combat autoimmune diseases and promote transplantation tolerance.

The event will also provide an opportunity for early career researchers to present their cutting-edge work within the regulatory T cell field.


Please find the programme below.  Registration will be open from 08:00

08:45-9:00 Welcome - Prof David Adams (University of Birmingham)
9:00​-9:30 ​Keynote speaker:  Conversion of effector T cells into Treg cells - Prof Shimon Sakaguchi (Osaka University, Japan)  
9:45-10:15 Optimising the use of Treg to promote transplantation tolerance - Prof Giovanna Lombardi (King’s College London)

10:30-10:45  Coffee/tea

10:45-11:15 Antigen specific immunotherapy of autoimmune diseases - Prof David Wraith (University of Birmingham)
11:30-12:00​ Ultra-low dose IL-2 therapy in autoimmune diabetes - Prof John Todd (University of Oxford)
12:15-12:45 Control of autoimmunity by CTLA-4-dependent Treg function  - Prof Lucy Walker (University College London)

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:15 Treatment of autoimmune diseases with T regulatory cells in humans – promises and hurdles - Prof Piotr Trzonkowski (Medical University of Gdansk, Poland)
14:30-15:00 Treg therapies in bone marrow transplantation - Prof Matthias Edinger (University of Regensburg, Germany)
15:15-15:45 3 x 5 minute talks from early career researchers

15:45-16:00  Coffee/tea

16:00​-16:30​ Developing antigen specific Treg therapies in organ transplant & autoimmunity - Prof Qizhi Tang (UCSF, USA)
16:45​-17:00 GMP Treg therapy in autoimmune liver diseases - Dr Ye Htun Oo (University of Birmingham)

17:00 - Meeting close


All attendees at the meeting are invited to submit an abstract using our abstract submission form.  Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and should be submitted by Thursday 20 June 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 and Early Career* £30
BSI member - Postgraduate** £20
BSI member - Concessionary*** £20
Full and Early Career* £65
Postgraduate** £45
Concessionary*** £45
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.


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