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Virtual meeting: Translational immunology



This event will now be held online.  

The British Society for Immunology's London Immunology Group is pleased to bring you their annual meeting entitled ‘Translational immunology' taking place online on Wednesday 16 September 2020.

This virtual meeting will showcase the interface between basic and clinical immunology research. We will highlight cutting edge studies on the translation of immunological discoveries made in pre-clinical model systems to benefit patients and provide direct evidence on the immunological basis of human disease. The meeting will feature high profile speakers from academia and industry, while providing oral presentation slots for early career researchers. You can follow updates via our London Group's Twitter account: @London_immuno #LIGTransImmunol

The event will be delivered via an interactive virtual event platform which allows for networking, live Q&A, live polls,121 chat with peers and will also feature competitions.


09:30-09:50  “Get to know the platform” - update your profile, read speaker bios, check out the Leader Board challenge and much more
09:50-10:00  Welcome and house-keeping  James Harker and Kevin Woollard  

Session 1 - Session Chairs: Alice Burton & Carlos Minutti 
10:00-10:30  Peter Openshaw (Imperial College London) - Viral lung disease: an immunological failure or an immunological storm?
10:30-10:43  Karim Boustani (Imperial College London) - Abstract selected talk: Local but not systemic humoral responses identify a subset of patients with fibrotic interstitial lung disease​
10:43-10:56  Amber G. Bozward (University of Birmingham) - Abstract selected talk: GMP clinical grade Tregs home to the liver after therapeutic infusion in patients with autoimmune hepatitis
10:56-11:09  Ben Wiggins (Imperial College London) - Abstract selected talk: CD69INT CD4+ T cells: New players in hepatic tissue-residence   
11:10-11:40  Ellie Barnes (Oxford University) - Development of a therapeutic vaccine for Hepatitis B Virus -from mice to humans (and some lessons from HCV vaccine development!)

11:40-12:00  Sponsor showcase and refreshment break

Session 2 Session Chairs: Sophie Curio & Ryan Thwaites  
12:00-12:30  David Wraith (University of Birmingham) - Antigen-specific immunotherapy of autoimmune diseases: from concept to clinic
12:30-12:43  Joy Edwards-Hicks (Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics) - Abstract selected talk: Metabolic conditioning of CD8+ effector T cells for adoptive cell therapy
12:43-12:56  Robert Wiesheu (Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute) - Abstract selected talk: Phenotypic and functional characterization of anti-tumour gd T cells as putative therapeutic agent in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer 
12:56-13:09  Natalie M. Edner (University College London) - Abstract selected talk: Follicular T helper cells as a biomarker for costimulation blockade in autoimmune diabetes 
13:10-13:40  Janneke Samsom (Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands) - Unravelling the role of T-cell immunoglobulin and ITIM domain (TIGIT) expressing CD4 T cells in intestinal homeostasis

13:40-15:00  Sponsor showcase and networking lunch (bring your own lunch!)

Session 3 - Session Chairs: Sarah Stanyon and Louisa James
15:00-15:30  Nadia Luheshi (AstraZenenca, Cambridge) - Intratumoral interleukin-12 mRNA therapy promotes TH1 transformation of the tumor microenvironment 
15:30-15:43  Kevin Ng (Francis Crick Institute) - Abstract selected talk: Pre-existing and de novo humoral immunity to SARS-CoV-2 in humans  
15:43-15:56  Kunyuan Tian (Imperial College London) - Abstract selected talk: Early-life farmyard microbial exposure dampens type 2 immune responses induced by recurrent RSV infection in neonatal murine models
15:56-16:09  Diana Matei (University College London) - Abstract selected talk: Intestinal barrier dysfunction plays an integral role in arthritis pathology and can be targeted to attenuate disease 
16:10-16:40  Shane Crotty (The La Jolla Institute, San Diego, California) - Understanding immunity to COVID-19: Antigen-specific adaptive immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 cases, and healthy controls
16:40-17:00  Closing remarks and presentation of prizes - Chairs: Laura Pallett and Gaelle Le Friec



Early career delegates are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to communicate their work as an oral presentation online. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words (structured as background, methods and results, conclusions) and should be submitted via our Google Docs form. The abstract submission deadline is Friday 14 August 2020. A prize will be awarded for best abstract.


Registration is now closed. Please contact if you would like to register. You can join the BSI online - membership provides many benefits to help you progress your career. Undergraduate membership is free. 

 BSI Members
 BSI Member - Full & Early Careers *  £10
 BSI Member - Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £10
 BSI Member - Concessionary **  £10
 Full & Early Careers *  £50
 Postgraduate (including PhD, Masters)  £35
 Concessionary **  £35
 Undergraduate (membership is free)  £0

*  Early careers includes scientists employed as post-doctoral researchers, for the first 5 years post graduation.
** Concessionary includes Parental leave, Career Breaks, Retired, Emeritus Retired.

Corporate support

Our thanks to the following sponsors for supporting this event​.​​

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If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email Jane Sessenwein.  



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