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Immune surveillance in the ageing microenvironment

BSI event
immunosenescence event
Halifax Hall, Sheffield, UK
In person
Registration not yet available

The BSI Immunosenescence Affinity Group invites you to attend their two-day meeting 'Immune surveillance in the ageing microenvironment' on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 October 2022 in Sheffield, UK.

There is a growing appreciation that there is a complex relationship between the aged local and systemic microenvironment and that they play a fundamental role not only in tissue maintenance but also contribute towards the initiation and progression of numerous diseases.

However, an overlooked area is the contribution of the microenvironment in the establishment of a “senescent state” in different cell types, including immune cells, and its influence on immune surveillance.

Moreover, a frequent complication in the field is how the definition of immunosenescence compares and potentially contrasts to the increasingly well-described states of cellular senescence in other cell types.

This meeting will bring together experts in the different ageing fields, using different model systems, to shed light on this key issue with particular emphasis on the crucial role played by the microenvironment in immune surveillance in different tissues, across the life course and in health and disease.

The BSI offers travel grants and carers' grants to support our members' travel costs or extra care arrangements while attending this conference. The deadline to apply for the grants is Monday 12 September. Please scroll down for more information.

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Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now open for oral and poster presentations. Please submit your abstracts using this Google form.

Deadline: Friday 9 September 2022



13.00 – 13.50 | Registration 13.50 – 14.00 | Welcome   14:00 – 15:30  Talks   14:00 – 15:00 | Keynote speaker: Dr Michael Rera, Inserm University Paris City, France
                                     Two phases to better understand ageing 15:00 – 15:15 | Abstract selection 15:15 – 15:30 | Abstract selection   15:30 – 16:00 | Coffee break with biscuits/cake   16:00 – 17:45 | Talks   16:00 – 16:30 | Invited speaker: Dr Masashi Narita, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
                                  Senescence in cancer and ageing 16:30 – 16:45 | Abstract selection (10 + 5 min)  16:45 – 17:15 | Abstract selection (6x flash talks)  17:15 – 17:45 | Invited speaker: Dr Matt Yousefzadeh, University of Minnesota, USA
                                 Endogenous DNA damage as a driver of aging   17:45 | Late poster session, networking and dinner   


09:30 – 10:00 | Coffee and biscuits/cake

10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome

10:10 – 12:15 | Talks 

10:10 – 10:40 | Invited speaker: Dr Catarina M. Henriques, The University of Sheffield, UK
                               Deciphering the roles of telomerase in multi-tissue ageing, immune surveillance
                               and inflammation using the zebrafish model         
                         10:40 – 11:10 | Invited speaker:  Dr Jenny Regan, The University of Edinburgh, UK 11:10 – 11:25 | Abstract selection 11:25 – 11:40 | Abstract selection 11:40 – 12:15 | Invited speaker: Professor Daniel Lambert, The University of Sheffield, UK   12:15 – 13:45 | Lunch 

13:45 – 15:45 | Talks

13:45 – 14:15 | Invited speaker: Dr Alice Denton, Imperial College London, UK  14:15 – 14:30 | Abstract selection 14:30 – 14:45 | Abstract selection 14:45 – 15:45 | Keynote speaker: Professor Sheila Francis, The University of Sheffield, UK
                                  When vessel walls become diseased, everything changes   15:45 | Closing remarks


Registration is open. Please read the full criteria for each registration type before registering. BSI members benefit from reduced registration fees at this meeting and other BSI events, as well as free access to our journals, grants, career development activities and much more. You can sign up to become a member online.

  BSI member  Non-member
Full £75 £115
Early Career/Clinician in training (read the criteria) £75 £115
Postgraduate (anyone studying a PhD or Masters) £45 £85
Senior (Retired) & discounted membership/rate (read the criteria) £45 £85
Undergraduate £25 *

Please note, the BSI membership categories have recently expanded. This includes an important expansion of the criteria for Early Career / Clinician in training membership which now includes those in the first seven years after completing a PhD, a new category for Senior (Retired) membership and discounted memberships for those on a career break, living in countries defined as a low-income economy and those with UK refugee status. If you’re a current BSI member, please make sure you’re on the right membership category before registering. If you have any questions, please email our membership team at

*If you are an undergraduate student, you will need to sign up as a BSI member before registering for an event. Undergraduate membership is free.

BSI grants to support your attendance at this event

As part of our career development package, we have two grants available to BSI members to support your attendance at this event. 

  • BSI Regional & Affinity Group Conference Grants: BSI members can apply for up to £200 to contribute towards their travel costs in attending this conference. In this scheme, we have 10 grants available for this conference and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to eligible BSI members. Deadline: Monday 12 September. Find out more and apply >
  • BSI Regional & Affinity Group Carers' Grants: BSI members can apply for up to £200 to contribute towards extra care arrangements costs they incur during the conference, for example, childcare costs, or for additional care for the applicant themselves. Deadline: Monday 12 September. Find out more and apply >