Understanding of antibody responses has progressed greatly in recent years. Advances include the identification of broadly cross-reactive antibodies, structural analysis of antibodies and antibody-epitope interactions, stabilisation of antigens to maintain epitope structure and understanding the importance of protective antibody responses for a number of complex pathogens.
This event will bring together speakers with expertise in the different disciplines that are being applied to advance this important field. This meeting is organised by the Comparative Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG) of the British Society for Immunology (BSI) in conjunction with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network (VVN). CVIG and UK VVN have a shared vision that this meeting will advance our knowledge and understanding of B cell biology and stimulate new cross collaborations.
Monday 26 November
10:00: Registration and refreshments
Session 1: Structure guided immunogen design
- 11:00 Peter Kwong, National Institutes of Health, USA
- 11:30 Sarel Fleishman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
- 12:00 Simon Draper, University of Oxford, UK
- 12:30 Andrew Martin, University College London, UK
Session 2: Antibodies of animal and human
- 14:00 Mike Criscitiello,Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, USA
- 14:30 Selection of the human B cell repertoire - Deborah Dunn-Walters, University of Surrey, UK
- 15:00 John Hammond, The Pirbright Institute, UK
Session 3: B cell help and regulation
- 16:00 Seph Borrow, University of Oxford, UK
- 16:30 Michelle Linterman, Babraham Institute, UK
- 17:00 Regulatory B cells, arthritis and gut mucosal inflammation: what is the link? - Claudia Mauri, University College London, UK
- 17:30 Mala Maini, University College London, UK
19:00: Conference dinner
Tuesday 27 November
Session 4: Translating antibodies – Therapeutics and adjuvants
- 09:00 Jacqueline Achkar, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
- 09:30 Davide Corti, HuMabs, Switzerland
- 10:00 Richard Pleass, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
Session 5: Identification of antigen targets and epitopes
- 11:00 David Stuart, University of Oxford, UK
- 11:30 Alain Townsend, University of Oxford, UK
- 12:00 Bruno Correia, EPFL, Switzerland
- 12:30 Velislava Petrova, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Session 6: B cell biology in health and disease
- 14:00 Ad Koets, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Netherlands
- 14:30 Ramit Mehr, Bar-llan University, Israel
- 15:00 Anne Corcoran, Babraham Institute, UK
15:30: Wrap up – closing remarks
Tea/Coffee & Networking
Fees include attendance for both days, refreshments, lunches and the conference dinner.
|BSI Member - Full||£150|
|BSI Member - Early Careers *||£150|
|BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)||£85|
|BSI Member - Concessionary **||£85|
|Non-Member - Postgraduate & Concessionary||£115|
* Early careers includes scientists employed as post-doctoral researchers, for the first 5 years post graduation.
** Concessionary includes Parental leave, Career Breaks, Retired, Emeritus Retired.
The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network is offering travel grants to early career researchers (ERCs) from low to middle income countries (LMICSs) to attend this meeting. You can find out more information and how to apply on their website. The application deadline is 16:00 on Friday 27 July 2018.