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Triggers of autoimmunity

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Incidences of autoimmunity are increasing at rates that are too rapid to be attributable to genetic change. However, environmental triggers for disease development remain poorly understood.

This one-day virtual meeting, organised and hosted by the BSI Autoimmunity Affinity Group, will bring together key researchers from multiple career stages and disciplines to discuss environmental triggers that can influence autoimmune disease development, such as infection, age and microbiome. The programme will include insightful talks covering a broad range of autoimmunity topics.

Delegates are invited to submit abstracts for invited talks and flash talks, providing an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to share their research.

Please follow @bsicongress and @AutoimmunityBSI on Twitter and check the event hashtag #AutoimmunityTriggers23 for updates.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission for this meeting is now open! Click here to submit your abstract. The deadline for submissions is 23:59 BST, Friday 22 September



10:00 | Welcome and opening notices

10:15 | David Wraith, University of Birmingham, UK – Autoimmunity versus self-tolerance, a fine balance 

10:45 | Pia Leete, University of Exeter, UK – Endotypes and triggers in type 1 diabetes

11:15 | 3 flash talks (4 minutes each)

11:30 | Questions & discussion

11:45 | Coffee/tea break


12:00 | Claudia Mauri, University College London, UK – Gut barrier integrity and arthritis

12:30 | Simon Milling, University of Glasgow, UK – Do changes in the intestine contribute to hair loss in autoimmune Alopecia Areata?

13:00 | Lunch break


14:00 | Ignacio Sanz, Emory, USA – Environmental influences on DN B cells in the context of SLE

14:30 | 3 flash talks (4 minutes each)

14:45 | Questions & discussion

15:00 | Coffee/tea break


15:15 | Dana Orange, Rockefeller, USA – Oral mucosal breaks as a trigger for Rheumatoid Arthritis

15:45 | Alberto Ascherio, Harvard, USA – EBV and Multiple Sclerosis

16:15 | Meeting closes (prizes)


Registration is open, click here.

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BSI grants to support your attendance at this event

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

  • BSI Regional & Affinity Group Carers' Grants: BSI members can apply for up to £100 to contribute towards extra care arrangement costs they incur during the conference, for example, childcare costs, or for additional care for the applicant themselves. Deadline: Thursday 5 October. Find out more and apply.


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