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From fundamental immunology to immunotherapy

Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB


The British Society for Immunology's West Midlands Immunology Group is pleased to bring you their 2019 Symposium 'From fundamental immunology to immunotherapy' taking place on 14 May 2019 in Birmingham. 

You can view the location map and directions to the venue here


08:30 – 09:00 Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome

Session I: Immune dysregulation and autoimmunity

09:10 – 09:15 Session introduction

09:15 – 09:45 Mark Peakman (King’s College London)
Developing peptide-based immunotherapies for type 1 diabetes

09:45 – 10:00 Sky Ng (University of Birmingham)​
Molecular Mechanisms of T cell Tolerance Induction (short talk)

10:00 – 10:15 Yuxin Susan Liu (University of Birmingham)​
Functional Role of FcRL4+ B Cells at the Site of Epithelial Inflammation in the Liver (short talk)

10:15 – 10:30 Louisa Jeffery (University of Birmingham)
Ikaros family transcription factors: Potential targets for therapy in IBD through their influence on T cell responses (short talk)

10.30 – 11:00 Coffee break

Session II: Immunodeficiency and microbial infection

11.00 – 11.05 Introduction to session 

11:05 – 11:35 Claire Booth (University College London)
Where do we stand with gene therapy for primary immune deficiencies

11:35 – 11:50 Catherine Ducker (Imperial College London)
Intestinal helminth infection induces temporally-persistent Foxp3 transcription in parasite-reactive Th2 cells (short talk)

11:50 – 12:20 Rebecca Drummond (University of Birmingham)
Risk Factors for Invasive Fungal Infection: Lessons from Rare Clinical Cases

12.20 – 13:20 Lunch and poster break 

Session III – Immune cell therapies

13:20 – 13:25 Session introduction

13:25 – 13:55 Martin Pule (University College London)
CAR T cell therapy at UCL

13:55 – 14:10 Beth Lucas (University of Birmingham)
Functional Specialisation in Medullary Thymic Epithelial Subsets Determines Intrathymic Diversity of iNKT Cells (short talk)

14:10 – 14:25 Flash talks

  • Oncolytic Virus Therapy: Investigating Combination Approaches for the Treatment of Liver Cancer
    Emma Jennings, University of Leeds, UK
  • Asynchronic development of Salmonella-induced thrombi in spleen and liver
    Nonantzin Beristain-Covarrubias, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Deleting single genes in human blood stem cells to enhance NK cell therapy
    Nahide Koksal, Imperial College London, UK
  • Accelerating drug discovery with ex vivo human liver models: from fundamental to translational immunology
    Scott Davies, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Cancer immunotherapy using genetically engineered mouse MCAM-specific CAR T cells
    Deepthika Jeyaraman, University of Birmingham, UK

14:25 – 15:00 Poster walks

Theme 1: Infection and innate immunity
Theme 2: Inflammation, autoimmunity and adaptive immunity
Theme 3: Immunotherapies, novel therapies

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break 

Session IV: Novel cancer therapy strategies

15:15 – 15:20 Session introduction

15:20 - 15:50 Alan Parker (Cardiff University)
Development of adenovirus based precision virotherapies

15:50 – 16:05 Tracey A Perry (University of Birmingham)
Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 signalling modulates macrophage recruitment to diffuse large B cell lymphomas and the phagocytosis of Rituximab-opsonised tumour cells  (short talk)

16:05 - 16:35 Francis Mussai (University of Birmingham)
The role of arginine metabolism in cancer immune evasion

16:35 – 16:45 Closing remarks and poster / talk prize 

16:45 – 18:00 Canape networking reception


Delegates are encouraged to submit abstracts on their work for presentation at the meeting. A small number of abstracts will be selected for short talks and there will be a prize for the best oral and poster presentation. Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and should be submitted via our Google Docs form. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Tuesday 30 April.


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