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Infection and chronic disease

Royal College of Anaesthetists, Churchill House, 35 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4SG.


The British Society for Immunology's Infection & Immunity Group is pleased to collaborate with the BSI London Immunology Group to bring you 'Infection and chronic disease', taking place at 09:00 - 17:00 on Thursday 12 July  2018 at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London. This meeting will explore the link between infectious disease and chronic disease, with an emphasis on the immune mechanisms responsible. This will include viral, bacterial and parasitic infections and their effect on the long-term health of humans (e.g. hepatitis, chronic lung disease, gut disorders etc).

Read more on what you can expect from the meeting in our recent article by event organiser Andrew Williams, published in the June edition of Immunology News


08:45 Registration opens
09:15 Welcome and introduction
Session 1: Helminths
09:20 Environmental control of pulmonary macrophage responsiveness during type 2 inflammation
Andrew MacDonald (University of Manchester)
09:50 The influence of biological timing on chronic infection
Kathryn Else (University of Manchester)
10:20 Refreshment break and networking
Session 2: Viruses
10:45 Overcoming hepatic immune tolerance for hepatitis B cure 
Mala Maini (University College London)
11:15 Innate immune evasion of hepatitis B virus 
Marcus Dorner (Imperial College London)
11:45 Human diseases caused by Epstein-Barr virus infection of T cells
Selected abstract speaker - Paul Collins (University of Birmingham)
12:00 Lunch
Session 3: Bacteria
13:00 Mechanisms of microbe-host crosstalk in the gut
Simon Carding (Quadram Institute Bioscience)
13:30 Human intestinal γδ T-cells induce IL-22 and protect against microbial infection
Neil McCarthy (Queen Mary, University of London)
14:00 Investigating the gut-joint axis in an experimental model of arthritis
Selected abstract speaker - Diana Matei (University College London)
14:20 Refreshment break and networking
Session 4: Ageing, infection and chronic disease
14:45 Persistent hepatotropic virus infection drives atypical antiviral B cells
Selected abstract speaker - Alice Burton (University College London)
15:00 Infection and exacerbation in chronic airways disease
Tom Wilkinson (University of Southampton)
15:30 Type I interferon remodels the lung to promote ectopic GC formation during influenza A virus infection
Michelle Linterman (University of Cambridge)
16:00 Discussion and networking
17:00 Close



Online registration is required.  There is a limited capacity, so please register early to avoid disappointment. You can register online here or via the link below. Undergraduates and postgraduates, please note, if you are not currently a member of the British Society for Immunology, we have special registration rates on offer that provide you with a year of membership to the British Society for Immunology at a reduced rate in addition to registering for the event.  BSI membership provides you with many benefits that can help you progress your career.  

Registration rates for BSI members

  Registration fees
BSI members (Full and Early Careers) £25
BSI postgraduate members (PhD & Masters) £15
BSI concessionary member (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired) £15

Registration rates for non-members, with one year of BSI membership included in the registration fee

Postgraduate non-member (PhD & Masters), including 1 year free BSI membership £40
Undergraduate, including 1 year free BSI membership £15

Registration rates for non-members

Non-member (Full & Early Careers) £45
Postgraduate non-member (PhD & Masters) £30
Concessionary non-member (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired) £30






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