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Type 2 Immunology Meeting

Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP


Type 2 immunity is classically associated with resolution of helminth infections and induction of allergic pathology. However, the field is rapidly expanding and identifying type 2 immunity as being a critical driver in a range of immunological scenarios. The meeting will provide a platform primarily for junior researchers (postgraduates, postdoctoral and fellows) to present their work. The aim is to help promote junior researchers to develop networks with allied researchers from other UK and European institutions. This meeting is hosted by the BSI's Wessex Immunology Group and Greater Manchester Immunology Group

Keynote lectures will be given by established researchers addressing clinical and basic aspects of exciting new fields in type 2 immunity. The meeting will be held in Manchester, home to a number of world renowned Type 2 immunologists and a large community of researchers in this field. Additionally, it's central location in the UK allows easy access for delegates from all over the UK and Europe. 


All postgraduate research students, postdoctoral researchers, clinical academic trainees and anyone working within any area of type 2 immunology are invited to submit an abstract using the abstract form. See more information about this in the abstract guidelines. The abstract submission deadline is Monday 20 May and the notification of the submission outcome will be on Monday 27 May.


8:30 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome

9:15 - 10:00 Keynote 1 - Prof Jenny Mjösberg (Karolinska Institute, Sweden): Single-cell RNA-sequencing reveals tissue specific imprinting of human ILC2
10:00 - 10:15 Dr Suzanne Hodge (University of Manchester): Regulation of Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells by Amino Acid Transporters
10:15  -10:30 Dr Alison Bancroft (University of Manchester): The major secreted protein of the whipworm parasite tethers to matrix and inhibits interleukin-13 function
10:30 - 10:45 Dr Conor Finley (University of Manchester): Complexity of Pleural cavity macrophages during filarial nematode infection

10:45 - 11:15 Tea/coffee break

11:15 - 11:30 Mr Julio Furlong-Silva (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine): Filarial-associated lymphatic pathology is dependent on Th2 adaptive immune responses, interleukin-4 receptor and monocyte-derived alternatively activated macrophages with a pro-lymphangiogenic phenotype
11:30 - 11:45 Mr Graham Heieis (University of Glasgow): Tissue-dependent regulation of Th2 metabolism via PD-1
11:45 - 12:00 Dr Fränze Progatzky (The Francis Crick Institute): Enteric glia shape intestinal tissue responses to parasite infections
12:00 - 12:15 Prof Catherine Thornton (Swansea University): The STAT5/PI3K/Akt axis governs the metabolic switch in human eosinophils upon IL-5 stimulation

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

12:15 - 14:00 Keynote 2 - Prof Howard Clark (University of Southampton): Innate type 2 immunology in the lung
14:00 - 14:15 Dr Benjamin Dewals (University of Liège, Belgium): Helminth infection is associated with expansion of lung interstitial macrophages and increased susceptibility to gamma-herpesvirus infection in C57BL/6 mice
14:15 - 14:30 Ms Amanda Ridley (University of Manchester): Metabolic regulation of IL-4-induced CCL17 production by lung macrophages during type-2 allergic inflammation
14:30 - 14:45 Ms Emma Houlder (University of Manchester): Dendritic cell control of T regulatory cells in type-2 pulmonary inflammation

14:45 - 15:45 Tea/coffee break and posters

15:45 - 16:00 Dr Kara Filbey (University of Manchester/Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington, New Zealand): Intestinal helminth infection promotes IL-5 and CD4+ T cell-dependent immunity in the lung against migrating parasites
16:00 - 16:15 Dr Alistair Chenery (University of Manchester): Inflammasome-independent role for NLRP3 in constraining lung anti-helminth immunity and tissue repair
16:15 - 17:00 Keynote 3 - Dr William Horsnell (University of Cape Town, South Africa): Maternal transfer of immunity
17:00 Close


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