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Frontiers in human and veterinary antibody discovery

The Pirbright Institute, Ash Road, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0NF
Monday, 26 November, 2018 - 10:30 to Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 - 17:00


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
10:50: Welcome

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

13:00: Lunch

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

15:30: Refreshments

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

10:30: Refreshments 

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

13:00: Lunch

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


Online registration is required. There is a limited capacity, so please register early to avoid disappointment. BSI membership provides you with many benefits that can help you progress your career.

Fees include attendance for both days, refreshments, lunches and the conference dinner.

 BSI Members
 BSI Member - Full  £150
 BSI Member - Early Careers *  £150
 BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £85
 BSI Member - Concessionary **  £85
 Non-Member  £250
 Non-Member - Postgraduate & Concessionary  £115
 Undergraduates  £20

*  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.

Travel grants

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.