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Glasgow-Edinburgh Network for Immunology Excellence (GENIE) 2020

Linlithgow Burgh Halls, The Cross, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AH


The Edinburgh Immunology Group and West of Scotland Immunology Group, two of the British Society for Immunology's official Regional Groups, invite you to join them on Thursday 20 February 2020 for their second joint symposium in Linlithgow Burgh Halls: GENIE 2020. The event is a full day symposium followed by networking reception.

This year, the Groups are also planning to hold a public engagement activity for the local community who use Burgh Halls. If you would like to get involved, please contact Cecile Benezech ( or George Finney (


We are pleased to welcome two invited keynote speakers, Prof Paul Kubes (University of Calgary, Canada) and Dr Joanne Konkel (University of Manchester) in addition to our local speakers Dr Julia Edgar (Glasgow), Dr Emily Gwyer Findlay (Edinburgh), Dr Mariola Kurowska-Stolarska (Glasgow) and Prof Neil Mabbott (Edinburgh). There are a number of opportunities for talks by early career researchers (selected from oral abstract submissions). In addition, there will be an extended lunch and poster session with prizes. Further networking opportunities will be available at a social event after the symposium (details to follow).

09.30-10.00 Registration and welcome tea and coffee

10.00-10.10  Introduction - David Donaldson (University of Edinburgh) and Simon Milling (University of Glasgow)

Chairs: Sarah Edwards (Beatson Institute for Cancer Research) and Pieter Louwe (University of Edinburgh)
10.10-11.00 Paul Kubes (University of Calgary) - Understanding immunity in injury and repair 
11.00-11.10 Gillian Wilson (University of Glasgow) - Chemokine receptors ACKR2 and CCR1 co-ordinately regulate macrophage dynamics and mammary gland development
11.10-11.30 Julia Edgar (University of Glasgow) - Neural stem cell transplantation reduces neuroinflammation in a mouse model: implications for multiple sclerosis?
11.30-11.40 Ruoyu Ma (University of Edinburgh) - CCR2-dependent macrophages promote breast cancer bone metastasis
11.40-12.00 Emily Gwyer Findlay (University of Edinburgh) - Neutrophil antimicrobial peptides drive T cell differentiation

12.00-13.30 Lunch and poster viewing

Chairs: Lara Campana (University of Edinburgh) and Stephan Loeser (University of Glasgow)
13.30-13.40 Amanda McFarlane (Beatson Institute for Cancer Research) - Neutrophils on the move in pancreatic cancer: dynamics in the pre-metastatic lung
13.40-14.00 Mariola Kurowska-Stolarska (University of Glasgow) - Synovial tissue macrophages in health, inflammation and disease resolution
14.00-14.10 Katie Anne Hildersley (University of Glasgow) - Investigating Ovine Abomasal Tuft cells following Gastro-intestinal Nematode Infection
14.10-14.30 Neil Mabbott (University of Edinburgh) - Microbial stimulation reverses the age-related decline in M cell maturation in aged mice

14.30-15.10 Tea and coffee break and poster viewing

Chairs: Felicity MacDonald (University of Edinburgh), Kym Bain (University of Glasgow)
15.10-15.20 Kerrie Hargrave (University of Glasgow) - Lung T cell: APC interactions are required to generate IFNy memory CD4 T cells following influenza virus infection
15.20-15.30 Natasha Whibley (University of Oxford) - Identification of metabolic pathways that control regulatory T cell homeostasis at barrier sites
15.30-16.15 Joanne Konkel (University of Manchester) - Mechanisms of immune cell tailoring at the oral barrier

16.15-17.45 Networking reception and poster prizes awarded


Abstract submission is now open for oral and poster presentations. You can submit an abstract via this Google Docs form. Oral abstract submission closes on 13 December 2019. Poster abstract submission closes on 
30 January 2020. These dates are subject to change if maximum capacity is reached.


This meeting is now full. Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list. 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 & Early Careers *  £25
 BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £15
 BSI Member - Concessionary **  £15
 Full & Early Careers *  £45
 Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £30
 Concessionary **  £30
 Undergraduate (membership is free)  £10

*  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.


Our thanks to the following sponsors for supporting this event​.​

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