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Immunology in the Midlands rebooted

Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham, UK

 

The BSI West Midlands Immunology Group invites you to attend our annual symposium “Immunology in the Midlands Rebooted”. After two years of disruption, this in-person event will showcase all the best immunology work ongoing in the Midlands, with a wide selection of internationally-renowned speakers.

Topics will include innate immunity, tissue immunology, vesicles and adaptive immunity. The event will be held at the Edgbaston Park Conference Centre in Birmingham and will include lunch and an evening networking reception.

Abstract submission is open for consideration for short talks and posters; prizes will be available for the best short talk and poster!

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Programme

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08:30–09:00 | Registration  

09:00–09:15 | Welcome 

09:15–09:45 | Dr Tom Cupedo, Erasmus MC, Netherlands  (Keynote speaker)
                               Stromal – immune interactions shaping the tumor micro-environment in multiple myeloma

Session I: Innate Immunity
Chairs: Dr Kendle Maslowski and Sofia Hain Porter, University of Birmingham, UK
09:45–10:15 | Dr Dave Boucher, University of York, UK  (Invited speaker)
                           Innate immune response to cytosolic endotoxins 
10:15–10:25 | Dr Danai Bagkou Dimakou, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract) 
                           Peripheral NK cell dysregulation in Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL)
10:25–10:35 | Dr Man Shun Fu, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract) 
                            Neuroimmunology of cryptococcal meningitis: exploring the roles of CNS-localized
                            myeloid cells in T-cell responses 

10:35–10:45 | Isaac Dean, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract) 
                           The rapid loss of crucial NK effector functions upon tumour infiltration debilitates anti-tumour responses

10:45–11:15 | Refreshment break

Session II: Tissue Immunology
Chairs: Dr Valentina Pucino, University of Birmingham, UK and Georgina Hopkins, University of Nottingham, UK 
11:15–11:45 | Dr Carlos Munoz Minutti, Francis Crick Institute, UK  (Invited speaker)
                          Regulation of dendritic cell populations in healthy and infected tissues
11:45–11:55 | Patricia Ines Reis Nisa, University of Birmingham, UK (Short talk - selected abstract)
                          Synovial tissue zonation underpins specific disease pathotypes in rheumatoid arthritis 

11:55–12:05 | Callum Moore, University of Birmingham, UK (Short talk - selected abstract) 
                           The Thymus Synchronises CD4 and CD8 Thymocyte Development That Fixes the CD4:CD8
                            Peripheral T-cell Ratio

12:05–12:15 | Sally Hashim Mohamed, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract) 
                               Fungal growth in microglia promotes microbial adaptation and infection of the
                               central nervous system

12:15–13:15 | Lunch and poster session I from 12:45 to 13:15

Session III: Environmental cues
Chairs: Dr Ewan Ross, Aston University, UK and Nancy Gomez, University of Nottingham, UK
13:15–13:35 | Professor Lucy Fairclough, University of Nottingham, UK  (Invited speaker)
                              Comprehensive Analysis of Cigarette Smoke/E-Cigarette induced Extracellular Vesicles
                               from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

13:35–13:45 | Emma Bishop, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract) 
                             TNF-α drives naïve CD4+ T cell metabolic reprogramming upon activation

13:45–13:55 | Lucy-Jayne Marsh, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract)
                             Combined single cell profiling technologies reveal novel modulation of Wnt signalling in
                             synovial fibroblasts during the resolution phase of inflammatory arthritis 

13:55–14:15 | Prof Andrew Devitt, Aston University, UK  (Invited speaker)
                              EVs from apoptotic cells modulate the immune response

14:15–15:00 | Refreshments and poster session II from 14:15 to 15:00

Session IV: Adaptive Immunity
Chairs: Dr David Bending and Dr Zhi Li, University of Birmingham, UK
15:00–15:30 | Dr Michelle Linterman, Babraham Institute, UK  (Invited speaker)
                              Ageing and the response to vaccination
15:30–15:40 | Emma Jennings, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract)
                           Nr4a1-timer of cell kinetics and activity (Tocky) reporter mice: A tool to exploring temporal T- and
                           B-cell response to TCR engagement  

15:40–15:50 | Ashley Hudson, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract)
                            B cell activation and autoimmunity in a mouse model of B cell anergy 
15:50–16:00 | Joseph Clarke, University of Birmingham, UK  (Short talk - selected abstract)
                            Force application to the T cell receptor controls T cell activation

16:00–16:15 | Closing remarks and prizes

16:15–17:30 | Networking reception

17:30            | Close


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BSI member rate
Full & Early Careers £30
Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £20
Concessionary (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired) £20
Undergraduate (membership included) £10
Non-member rate
Full & Early Careers £50
Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters) £35
Concessionary (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired) £35

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 and Affinity Group Conference Grants: BSI members can apply for up to £100 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: Friday 22 April. Find out more and apply >
  • BSI Regional and Affinity Group Carers' Grants: BSI members can apply for up to £100 to contribute towards extra care arrangements costs they incur during the conference, for example, childcare costs, or for additional care for the applicant themselves during the conference. Deadline: : Friday 22 April. Find out more and apply >

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