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Stromal-immune cell interactions in health and disease

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Southampton, UK
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Interactions between stromal cells and leukocytes affect outcomes in multiple diseases. The BSI Wessex Immunology Group’s annual one-day meeting will explore how communication within the stromal-immune network regulates immunity in diverse sites including the lymph nodes, mucosal tissues, in tumours and in the brain. Expert speakers include Professor Jonathan Cavanagh (University of Glasgow), Dr Alice Denton (Imperial College London), Dr Laura Pallett (University College London) and Ben Jenkins (University of Southampton). Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for posters and invited talks; we look forward to meeting with you at Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton in May 2024.

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Abstract submission

Abstract submission is open for late-breaking poster presentations, submit your abstract here. The submission deadline is 23:59 BST Thursday 25 April 2024.


10:00 | Registration and refreshments

10:30 | Welcome address

10:35 | Invited speaker: Professor Jonathan Cavanagh (University of Glasgow, UK) 
Peripheral-brain immune interactions in the pathophysiology of depression

11:05 | Selected short talks TBC

11:50 | Invited speaker: Dr Alice Denton (Imperial College London, UK)
Understanding the stromal-immune cell axis in vaccine responses

12:20 | Short talks by sponsors  TBC

12:40 | Lunch, posters and meet the exhibitors

14:00 | Invited speaker: Ben Jenkins (University of Southampton, UK)
Single cell analysis reveals distinct inflammatory fibroblasts and immune hubs in tumours

14:30 | Selected short talks TBC

15:15 | Invited speaker: Dr Laura Pallett (University College London, UK) 
Life in the liver: A T cell perspective 

15:45 | Closing remarks and prizes


Registration is now open, book your place here.

BSI members benefit from reduced registration fees at this meeting and other BSI events, as well as free access to our journals, grants, career development activities and much more. You can sign up to become a member online. For current BSI members, your reduced fee will be applied automatically if you are logged in to your account. All fees include VAT.

 BSI memberNon-member
Early Career/Clinician in training (read the criteria£33£70
Postgraduate (anyone studying a PhD or Masters)£22£50*
Senior (retired) (read the criteria)£22£50
Discounted membership/rate (read the criteria£22*£50*
Undergraduate (membership is free)£10-

*If this fee applies to you, please contact for a discount code prior to registering.

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 & 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: Thursday 25 April 2024. Find out more and apply.
  • BSI Regional & 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. Deadline: Thursday 25 April 2024. Find out more and apply.


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