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Inflammation: from initiation to restoration

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK
Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 - 09:30 to Friday, 26 April, 2019 - 14:00


The University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research and the British Society for Immunology's Inflammation Affinity Group and Edinburgh Immunology Group are pleased to bring you ‘Inflammation: from initiation to restoration’ on 24–26 April 2019 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh. 

This meeting examines the role of inflammation in causing tissue damage and the loss of tissue homeostasis, through modulation of the immune system by inflammatory processes, and into the repair and regeneration of tissue and resolution of inflammation.

We are pleased to present inflammation papers from the official BSI journals, Immunology and Clinical & Experimental Immunology. If you’re interested in inflammation, you can find out more here.


Day 1 – Wednesday 24 April

The first day of the conference is reserved for early career speakers (MSc, PhD and Postdocs) to present their work. We invite submissions for talks and posters from early career speakers for our MSc / PhD and postdoc sessions - which have prizes! Posters from this day will remain up throughout the conference.

09:30 - 17:00    Registration (open for full conference)

09:30 Coffee & Tea

10:00–10:15 Welcome

10:15–11:15 Keynote session
Dr Henry McSorley, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh

11:15–11:45 Coffee break

11:45–13:15 Science session 1
Short talks from PhD / MSc students (5+2 minutes) and postdocs (12+3 minutes)

13:15–14:15 Lunch

14:15–15:30 Careers AMA

  • Yvonne Bordon – Senior Editor, Nature Reviews Immunology
  • Katie Chapple - Assay Development Scientist, Sartorius Stedim BioOutsource
  • Carly Hamilton – Network / Conferencing Manager, International Veterinary Vaccinology Network
  • Henry McSorley – Academic Fellow, Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh
  • Mari Pattison – Flow Cytometry Research Assistant, Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh
  • Pamela Wright – Medical Scientific Liaison, Immunology Division, Janssen Europe

Panel will speak for two minutes each introducing their work and describing a typical day. There will then be open questions to any panel member or to the whole panel.

15:30–16:00 Coffee break

16:00–17:30 Science session 2
Short talks from PhD / MSc students (5+2 minutes) and postdocs (12+3 minutes)

17:30 Networking reception & announcement of prize winners

Day 2 – Thursday 25 April
08:30 - 17:00    Registration (open for both days)

08:30 Coffee & Tea

09:15 - 09:30    Welcome and orientation - Chris Gregory and Peter Barlow
09:30 - 09:45    Professor Sir ​John Savill (University of Edinburgh) "A brief history of Edinburgh inflammation research"

Session 1: Tissue damage and loss of homeostasis
Chairs: Peter Barlow and Gareth Hardisty

 09:45 - 10:15   Luke O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin) “Krebs Cycle Reprogrammed for Cytokines
10:15 - 10:30    Karen Mackenzie (University of Edinburgh) "cGAS detection of micronuclei links immune surveillance to autoinflammation"
10:30 - 11:00    Eicke Latz (University of Bonn) “Role of the NLRP3 inflammasome in inflammation
11:00 – 11:30   Coffee break
11:30 - 12:00    Tracy Hussell (University of Manchester) “Decision making in lung immunity
12:00 - 12:15    Veronique Miron (University of Edinburgh) "Central nervous system regeneration is driven by microglia death and repopulation"
12:15 - 12:30    Graham Britton (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) "Microbiotas from Humans with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Alter the Balance of Gut Th17 and RORγt+ Regulatory T Cells and Exacerbate Colitis in Mice"
12:30 - 13:00    Margaret Frame (University of Edinburgh) “Linking adhesion and migration to anti-tumour immunity
13:00 – 14:00   Lunch

Session 2: Immune modulation
Chairs: Sarah Walmsley and Ryan Thwaites

14:00–14:30    Trian Chavakis (Dresden University) “Myelopoiesis in innate immunity
14:30–14:45    Brian McHugh (University of Edinburgh) "Cathelicidin is a “fire alarm”, generating protective NLRP3-dependent airway epithelial cell inflammatory responses during infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
14:45–15:00    Vicky Morrison (University of Glasgow) "The β2 integrin, LFA-1, is a novel regulator of IL-17-producing γδ T cells"
15:00–15:30    Gwen Randolph (Washington University) “Functional and mechanistic insights into the peritoneal macrophage disappearance reaction
15:30–16:00    Coffee break
16:00–16:30    Minsoo Kim (University of Rochester) “Initiation and resolution of neutrophil response during infection
16:30–16:45    Cecile Benezech (University of Edinburgh) "Omental fat-associated lymphoid clusters constrain peritonitis through neutrophil recruitment and targeted NET release"
16:45–17:00    Jack Rivers-Auty (University of Manchester) "From cells to people: Repurposing Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome"
17:00–17:30    Claudia Mauri (University College London) “The Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR)  as a key transcription factor in regulatory B cells function
17:30–19:00    Poster session and networking reception
19:00 – Dinner and ceilidh

Join the award-winning Science Ceilidh band for a night of traditional Scottish dances alongside a few science-themed versions written with researchers, schools and community groups from their interdisciplinary public engagement programme! From the Dashing White Blood Cell to Orcadian Strip the Helix and more traditional dances, all the steps will be explained, so no dance (or science!) experience or partners needed!

Day 3 – Friday 26 April

08:30 Coffee & Tea

Session 3: Restoration – resolution, repair and regeneration
Chairs: Mohini Gray and Cecile Benezech
09:00–09:30    Kodi Ravichandran (University of Virginia/Ghent) “Apoptosis and corpse clearance associated signals in tissue damage and repair
09:30– 09:45   Samanta Mariani (University of Edinburgh) "Pro-inflammatory embryonic macrophages are essential components of the hematopoietic stem cell generative microenvironment"
09:45–10:00    Sylvain Perruche (RIGHT Institute) "Reintroduction of pro-resolving factors issued from efferocytosis terminate ongoing experimental IBD affecting both inflammation and mucosal lesion healing"
10:00–10:30    Alison Simmons (University of Oxford)  “Cellular architecture of inflammatory bowel disease lesions reveals mechanisms underpinning inflammation and resolution at mucosal surfaces
10:30–11:00    Breakfast and coffee
11:00– 11:30   Douglas Green (St Judes, Memphis) “Targeting LAP:  Noncanonical autophagy in anticancer immunity and inflammatory disease
11:30–11:45    Stephen Tait (University of Glasgow) "Mitochondria as inflammatory killers"
11:45–12:00    Ioannis Kourtzelis (Technical University Dresden) "The secreted protein Del-1 promotes resolution of inflammation"
12:00–12:30    Will Wood (University of Edinburgh) “Imaging inflammation in the fly
12:30–13:00    Closing remarks 
13:00–14:00    Lunch and networking
14:00 Departure


Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work as an oral or poster presentation. Early career researchers (Masters students, PhD students, postdocs) are invited to submit to the first ECR day in particular - prizes will be given for the best presentations. 

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words. The abstract submission deadline has passed and submissions are now closed. Abstract submissions for poster presentations may still be accepted. Please email for submission details.


Online registration is now open. Please register early to avoid disappointment. BSI members benefit from reduced registration fees.  If you are not already a BSI member, we have a number of registration options that allow you to join the Society. BSI membership provides you with many benefits that can help you progress your career. You can find a full list of registration fees and register online here


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