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Oxford Symposium 2019

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (550), Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 - 09:00 to Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 - 17:00


The British Society for Immunology's Oxford Immunology Group is pleased to collaborate with the University of Oxford Immunology Network to present a two-day showcase of the fantastic immunology research happening across Oxford.

With a diverse range of disciplines and technologies on display, from fundamental biology, infection and imaging to informatics, experimental medicine and therapeutics, there will be plenty of opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration and networking.


Day 1 - Tuesday 23 April

8.00-9.00 Registration with tea, coffee and pastries

Chairs: Quentin Sattentau and Alexandra Spencer

9.00-9.10 Welcome address - Doug Brown (CEO, BSI)
9.10-9.40 Prof Alison SimmonsHow individual cells contribute to colonic inflammation in IBD
9.40-10.10 Prof Ian Mills: Roles for the innate immune response in prostate cancer progression
10.10-10.30 Emily Thornton – selected talk: Commensal-reactive, IL-23 responsive T cells promote gut barrier immunity
Coffee break 
11.00-11.30 Prof Richard Cornall: Zinc and Human Immunodeficiency
11.30-12.00 Prof Persephone Borrow: Identification of novel MHC-I epitope targets for CD8 T cells on HIV-infected cells
12.00-12.40 Lightning Poster Talks
Lunch with poster viewing (odd numbers)

Chairs: Susanna Dunachie and Anita Milicic​

13.45-14.45 KEYNOTE: Dr Michelle Linterman, Babraham Institute: Rejuvenating the ageing immune system
14.45-15.15 A/Prof Teresa Lambe: Vaccines against outbreak pathogens
Coffee break
15.45-16.05 Rebeca Arroyo Hornero – selected talk: CD70 expression renders human regulatory T cells dysfunctional
16.05-16.20 Prof Leif Sander – ​Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Dead or alive: sensing microbial viability and its role in vaccine responses
16.20-16.35 Dr Christoph Klose –  Charité, ​Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Interleukin-33-mediated induction of the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase 1 promotes inflammatory ILC2 responses and type 2 immunity
16.35-17.05 Prof Len Seymour: Using oncolytic viruses for tumour-targeted cancer immunotherapy
17.00-19.00 Poster session and networking 

Day 2 - Wednesday 24 April

Chairs: Michael Dustin and Louise Johnson

9.00-10.00 KEYNOTE: Prof Daniel Davis, University of Manchester: Using Super-resolution Microscopy to Watch Immune Cells Kill
10.00-10.30 Prof Helen Byrne: Using mathematics to find the common denominators in atherosclerosis and cancer
Coffee break with poster viewing
11.00-11.20 Alastair Corbin – selected talk: IRF5 promotes intestinal inflammation via programming a proinflammatory CD11c+ macrophage phenotype
11.20-11.50 A/Prof Ana Domingos
11.50-12.05 Dr Matthew MacKenzie, Miltenyi Biotech: Stain, Sort, REALease, Repeat. Combining the MACSQuant Tyto and REALease Antibodies
12.05-12.20 Louise Modis, GSK: The GSK Immunology Network; A novel model industry-academia collaboration
12.20-13:00 Lightning poster talks
Lunch with poster viewing (even numbers)

Chairs: Paul Klenerman and Jan Rehwinkel

14.00-14.15 Prof Chiara Romagnani –  Charité, ​Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Peptide-specificity of adaptive NK cells
14.15-14.30 Dr Antigoni Triantafyllopoulou –  Charité, ​Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Innate Immune Regulation of Lupus Nephritis
14.30-14.50 Dr Alex Clarke: B cell immune metabolism
14.50-15.10 Gareth Purvis – selected talk: Ibrutinib inhibits macrophage NF-kB and NLRP3 inflammasome activity and reduces high-fat-diet induced insulin resistance and microvascular disease
Coffee break 
15.40-16.00 Prof Christopher Buckley: Targeting fibroblasts in Immune Mediated Inflammatory Diseases
16.00-16.30 Prof Matt Higgins: Structure-guided steps towards a rational malaria vaccine
16.30-16.40 Summing up and prize giving

Abstract submission

Delegates are encouraged to submit abstracts on their work for presentation at the meeting. A small number of abstracts will be selected for short talks and there will be a prize for the best poster presentation. The deadline to submit your 200 word abstract is 15 March 2019. Please submit your abstract via our Google Docs form.


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

Fees include attendance for both days, refreshments and lunches. A networking, poster viewing and drinks reception will follow the talks at the end of day 1.

BSI Member Full & Early Careers


BSI Member Postgraduate member (PhD & Masters)


BSI Member Concessionary member (includes parental leave career breaks, retired, emeritus retired)


Non-Member Full & Early Careers


Non-Member Postgraduate (PhD & Masters)


Non-Member Concessionary member (includes parental leave career breaks, retired, emeritus retired)


Undergraduate (membership is free)


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