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Lecture Theatre 2, South Block, Southampton General Hospital Southampton, Southampton, SO16 6YD


The British Society for Immunology's Wessex Immunology Group is hosting their annual Spring Meeting on Wednesday 3 April 2019. The theme of the meeting is “Immunoregulation”.
The meeting will include any research that encompasses immunoregulation, whether it's activation or inhibition, and how this can be exploited to target the immune response to infectious and inflammatory diseases.

Achieving the correct level of activation of the immune system is pivotal for an optimal immune response to any event without any unwanted side effects. We will address how to achieve this correct level between interactions between B and T lymphocytes and macrophages/dendritic cells and how this can potentially can be exploited for therapeutic usage in the future.


You can download the full programme here.

You can find a map showing the direction from the main entrance of the hospital to the lecture theatre here.

9:00-9:25 Registration and coffee

9:25-9:30 Welcome Address
9:30-10:15 Dr Jazz K Sethi (University of Southampton): Regulation of inflammasome chronicity and metabolic disease development
10:15-11:00 Prof Marina Lynch (Trinity College Dublin): Why do the microglia that accompany age- and amyloidosis-associated neuroinflammation become dysfunctional?
11:00-11:30 Coffee/tea and Posters
11:30-11:50 Mr Joe Chouhan (University of Southampton): The neruroinflammatory response to Salmonella is disease progression-dependent in the ME7 prion model of neurodegeneration
11:50-12:10 Ms Julia Moreno Vicente (University of Southampton): The study of Fc: Fc gamma receptor interactions in PD-1 blockade therapy and their role in the anti-tumour immunity against neuroblastoma
12:10-12:55 Prof Dietmar Zaiss (University of Edinburgh): Crosstalk between EGFR and TGFβ as a regulator of local inflammation

12:55-14:00 Lunch and Posters
13:30-13:50 Sponsored lunch time seminar with Dr Win Yan Chen (UCB CellTech): UCB’s Antibody Platform Technology Access Programme – Opportunities for Collaboration

14:00-14:45 Dr Deena Gibbons (King's College London): Immune development and regulation in the human neonate
14:45-15:05 Mr Joseph R. Egan (University of Southampton): The incoherent feed-forward loop: a mechanism by which T cells achieve biochemical memory
15:05-15:25 Dr Richard J. Stopforth (University of Southampton): The molecular basis for T cell receptor recognition of CD1c-lipid complexes
15:25-16:00 Coffee/tea and Posters
16:00-16:45 Prof Aymen Al-Shamkhani (University of Southampton): Signals and molecules that regulate T cell activation and responses
16:45-17:00 Closing remarks and awards
17:00-18:00 Networking reception


All postgraduate research students, postdoctoral researchers, clinical academic trainees and others who are working within any area of immunology are invited to submit an abstract using the template and following the guidelines, both attached. The deadline for abstract submission is midday, Friday 1st March 2019 and abstracts should be e-mailed to

We aim to promote networking among immunologists across the region and training in poster presentation skills for early career researchers and hence all abstracts with any immunological theme are eligible for the meeting.


Online registration is now open. You can join the BSI online - membership provides many benefits to help you progress your career. Undergraduate membership is free. 

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 Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)


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*  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.



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


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