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The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK


The BSI London Immunology Group is pleased to bring you their annual meeting in collaboration with the BSI Neuroimmunology Affinity Group entitled ‘Neuro-/Stromal-Immunology’ taking place on Monday 11 October 2021 at The Francis Crick Institute in London, UK and online.

This meeting will highlight the budding interest and expansion of Neuro-/Stromal-Immunology regionally and across all of the UK, showcasing areas where the immune system interacts with the neuronal and stromal compartments to maintain tissue homeostasis and to orchestrate tissue responses to infectious and inflammatory challenges. The meeting will feature high-profile speakers from academia and industry, while providing poster and oral presentation opportunities for early career researchers.

You can follow updates via our events Twitter account @bsicongress, the BSI London Immunology Group's account @London_immuno and the official hashtag #LIGNeuroStromal2021.

If you are attending this event in person, please read The Francis Crick Institute's COVID-19 policy at the end of this page. 

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09:00–09:50 | Registration & refreshments
09:50–10:00| Welcome – James Harker, Imperial College London and Fränze Progatzky, Francis Crick Institute
Session I: Neuro-Immunology
Chairs: Johannes Schroth, Queen Mary University of London and Carlos Minutti, Francis Crick Institute
10:00–10:30| Ana Domingos, University of Oxford (Invited speaker)
Neuroimmunometabolic mechanisms that slim down fat
10:30–10:45| Zoe Hore, King's College London (Selected abstract)
                              Chronically painful versus regenerating nerve injury is associated with differential
                              myeloid cell states
10:45–11:00| Silvia Oggero, King's College London (Selected abstract)
                                Phenotype of dorsal root ganglia macrophages in a model of arthritis pain 
11:00–11:30| Soyon Hong, University College London (Invited speaker)
More than bystanders, learning how microglia eliminate neuronal synapses in the Alzheimer brain
11:30–12:00| Refreshment break
Session II: Stromal-Immunology
Chairs: Alice Burton, University College London and Louisa James, Queen Mary
12:00–12:30| Andreas Wack, Francis Crick Institute (Invited speaker)
Involvement of Immune- and Non-immune-cells in the Outcome of Respiratory Infection
12:30–12:45| Julie C Worrell, University of Glasgow (Selected abstract)
                                Functional profiling and visualization of fibroblast and epithelial cell dynamics in the influenza
                                virus infected lung
12:45–13:00| Laura Pallett, University College London (Selected abstract)
                                 Bacterial LPS, liver stroma and myeloid cell interactions drive immunomodulatory
                                 CD14+CD8+T-cells in the human liver
13:00–13:30| Sophie Acton, University College London (Invited speaker)
Lymph node tissue homeostasis and adaptation to immune challenge resolved by fibroblast network mechanics
13:30–14:30| Lunch, poster presentations + exhibitors
Session III: Neuro-/Stromal-Immunology
Chairs: Ryan Thwaites, Imperial College London and Gaëlle Le Friec, UCB Celltech 
14:30–15:00| Chris Buckley, University of Oxford (Invited speaker)
Inflammation or damage: Fibroblasts decide
15:00–15:15 | Margot Maurer, King's College London (Selected abstract)
                                 Immune contribution to the development of Fibromyalgia
15:15–15:30 | Sara Villa Hernandez, King's College London (Selected abstract)
                                 Dissection and characterisation of stromal cells in persistent neuropathic pain
15:30–15:45 | Fränze Progatzky, The Francis Crick Institute (Selected abstract)
                                Regulation of intestinal immunity and tissue repair by enteric glia     
15:45–16:25| Daniel Mucida, The Rockefeller University, USA (Invited speaker)
Neuro-immune interactions in the gut

16:25–16:40 | Closing remarks and prize presentations: Sandra Amor, Queen Mary University, London, UK and
                          VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam and Kevin Ng, Francis Crick Institute, UK
16:40–18:00 | Networking reception

Registration fees

There are a few places remaining to attend this event in person at The Crick; if interested, please contact Alternatively, you can register here to attend online.

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Non-member rate




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New BSI grants to support your attendance at this event

As part of our new career development package, we have two new grants available to BSI members to support your attendance at this event. Please note, applications to these grants have now closed.

  • 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 pilot 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 20 September. 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: Monday 20 September. Find out more and apply >

COVID-19 policy for in-person attendance

If you are attending this event in person at The Francis Crick Institute, please be aware of the following COVID-19 precautions specified by the Crick.

The Crick’s priority is to keep our staff and visitors safe, and we are compliant with all protocols and requirements specified by Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive. The Crick will continue to evaluate what is best for event participants and our staff to ensure they can meet and work safely. All people attending events at the Crick must show evidence of double vaccination via the NHSApp/ EU Digital Covid Certificate, or if not possible provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test (this can be a PCR taken within 72 hours of the event or a lateral flow taken on the day).

What we are doing to maintain a safe environment:

  • Reduced capacity in all our event spaces (currently 50-60% capacity)
  • Social distancing of 1m+ where possible
  • Increased full fresh air circulation
  • Regular cleaning of all areas
  • Testing and safety training for all staff
  • All catering is served, and food is provided in individually packaged portions where possible.
  • Mask wearing optional in busy areas

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