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.
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)
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.
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.