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SIGNET 2022: Scottish Immunology Groups Network symposium

Perth Concert Hall, Perth, UK


The BSI Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Tayside, and West of Scotland Immunology Groups welcome you to join us in the Perth Concert Hall, Perth, UK on Wednesday 2 March 2022 for our first joint symposium – SIGNET (Scottish Immunology Groups Network).  SIGNET is a full-day in-person symposium that aims to bring together immunologists from across Scotland to share our research and foster new research networks and collaborations. 

A strong focus of SIGNET is promoting early career researchers and eight oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts (two per group) in addition to a poster session with prizes available. 

SIGNET will also feature a special public engagement session with BSI Public Engagement Secretary, Professor Donald Davidson (University of Edinburgh), and a public engagement fair to promote the fantastic engagement activities that have been developed by our members. You are welcome to submit a public engagement-based abstract for a poster presentation and/or if you are interested in featuring a public engagement activity, please contact for more information.

Please follow us on Twitter @bsicongress and use #SIGNET2022 to stay up to date.

All BSI events will continue to prioritise the health and safety of our members, delegates and staff in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please read our COVID-19 guidance here.

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09:00–09:40 | Registration  

09:40–09:50 | SIGNET 2022 opening

Session 1: 
09:50–10:20 | Professor Matteo Iannacone, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy
                            Functional biology of hepatic CD8+ T cells
10:30–10:50 | Dr Cecile Benezech, University of Edinburgh
                         Organisation of innate immune responses at the surface of visceral adipose tissues

10:50–11:10 | Networking break/posters 

Session 2: 
11:10–11:20 | Anna Andrusaite, University of Glasgow  (Selected abstract)
                            Skewing of dendritic cell differentiation as an immunomodulatory strategy
                               in intestinal helminth infection

11:20–11:30 | Christopher Lucas, University of Edinburgh  (Selected abstract)
                          Pannexin 1 drives efficient epithelial repair after tissue injury
11:30–11:50 | Dr Leo Carlin, Beatson Institute, University of Glasgow
                            Leukocyte dynamics in lung metastasis
11:50–12:00 | Henry McSorley, University of Dundee  (Selected abstract)
                            The parasite-derived HpARI protein family can both suppress and amplify IL-33 responses
12:00–12:10 | Katie Smith, University of Edinburgh  (Selected abstract)
                          The host-defence peptide cathelicidin is critical for the development of Th17 responses
                             in severe inflammatory disease

12:10–12:30 | Professor Heather Wilson, University of Aberdeen
                            Programming of macrophage phenotype and function by physical cues

12:30–14:00 | Lunch, networking, posters and public engagement session with
                          Professor Donald Davidson,
University of Edinburgh (13.00–13.30)

Session 3: 
14:00–14:10 | Chiara Pirillo, Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute  (Selected abstract)
                          TLR ligand co-transfer with antigen during influenza A infection effectively activates LN resident
                             conventional dendritic cells

14:10–14:20 | Amanpreet Singh Chawla, University of Dundee  (Selected abstract)
                          Opposing roles of Granzymes A and B in the immune response to intestinal infection   
14:20–14:30 | Catriona Walls, University of Aberdeen  (Selected abstract)
                          Siglec-9 engagement attenuates ANCA-mediated neutrophil activation in vitro
14:30–14:40 | Tim Willinger, Karolinska Institutet  (Selected abstract)
                          CD116+ fetal precursors migrate to the perinatal lung and give rise to
                          human alveolar macrophages     

14:40–15:00 | Dr Ignacio Moraga Gonzalez, University of Dundee
                            Molecular and cellular determinants defining cytokines functional diversity
15:00–15:10 | Dr Ian Brotherick, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
                            CytoFLEX SRT: The CytoFLEX that sorts

15:10–15:40 | Networking break

Session 4: 
15:40–15:45 | Professor Simon Milling, University of Glasgow
                           Discovery Immunology
15:45–16:30 | Dr Tal Arnon, Kennedy Institute, Oxford
                           Humoral immunity in the lung

16:30–17:30 | Networking reception/posters 

 17:30            | Close


Registration is now closed. If you have any queries, please contact

BSI grants to support your attendance at this event

As part of our career development package, we have two grants available to BSI members to support your attendance at this event. 

  • 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 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: Wednesday 9 February. 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: Wednesday 9 February. Find out more and apply >

Thank you to our sponsors

Principal sponsor: Beckman Coulter










If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please contact our Head of Events, Jane Sessenwein, for more details.


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