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West Midlands Immunology Group: Intestinal Inflammation & Microbiota

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Great Hall, Aston Webb, University of Birmingham


The BSI West Midlands Immunology Group symposium will take place on 18 April 2018 and will have the theme of “Intestinal inflammation and microbiota”.

Topics covered will include how the immune system and commensal microbes interact in the context of health and disease; how dendritic cells respond to infectious or inflammatory stimuli and the roles they play in the induction and polarization of adaptive immune responses against pathogens; how the innate immune pathways regulate inflammation at mucosal barrier tissue sites and how the macrophages are involved in intestinal inflammation.


This is a one day meeting. You can download a full copy of the programme here.

Session I: Innate immunity in intestinal inflammation

  • Antigen-presenting ILC3 as regulators of adaptive immune responses at mucosal barrier sites
    Matthew Hepworth, University of Manchester
  • Colonic mucosal epithelial cells secrete Serpina3n to mitigate neutrophil elastase damage upon Citrobacter rodentium infection
    ​Rachael Barry, Imperial College London
  • Tetraspanin 6 is a novel regulator of the immune microenvironment in colorectal cancer
    Isaac Dean, University of Birmingham
  • Harnessing host–pathogen interactions for colorectal cancer treatment  
    Kendle Maslowski, University of Birmingham

Session II: Adaptive immunity in intestinal inflammation

  • Educating intestinal mononuclear phagocytes: a role for TGFbeta
    Calum Bain, University of Edinburgh
  • Flagellin immunization mediates long-lasting antibody responses by mucosal dendritic cell engagement
    Adriana Flores-Langarica, University of Birmingham
  • The IBD Bioresource: progressing from genetics to function and clinical translation in CD & UC
    Laetitia Pele, IBD Bioresource Cambridge
  • Regulating T cell trafficking in chronic disease with a novel peptide: Is IBD a target for PEPITEM
    Ed Rainger, University of Birmingham

Session III: Immune system and commensal microbes

  • Controlling intestinal immune responses
    Simon Milling, University of Glasgow
  • The intestinal microbiota shapes the regulatory functions of intestinal macrophages via metabolic reprogramming
    Elizabeth Mann, University of Manchester
  • The role of gut microbiota in homeostasis and inflammation
    Gurdeep Singh, University of Manchester
  • Microbiota in Behcet's Disease; which one and cause and effect 
    Graham Wallace, University of Birmingham

Session IV: New and exciting approaches to the study of intestinal immunity​

  • A Fat Story: How cholesterol moves your gut immune cells around
    Tim Willinger, Institutet Karolinska
  • Assessing the potential use of insect (Galleria mellonella) larvae for studying gut-related pathobiology
    Helena Emery, Swansea University
  • Capture of IgA immune complexes and enrichment in IgA Ig gene expression both suggest a role for synovial FcRL4+ B cells in the link between mucosal and joint inflammation
    James Cameron, University of Birmingham
  • IBD and fecal microbiota transplant (FMT). What have we learned and how do we learn more from translational trials?
    Tariq Iqbal, University of Birmingham

Prizes for best talk and best poster, followed by drinks and networking



Talks will be also selected on scientific merit and will provide an opportunity for both principal investigators as well as junior researchers to present their exciting new data. There will be also a poster display of submitted abstracts. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Friday 2 March 2018. Prizes will be given for best oral and poster presentation. Late breaking abstract submission is now open until 11 April 2018. Abstracts for this meeting should be a maximum of 250 words and can be submitted to

Best poster presentation prize winner - Emma Dutton, University of Birmingham
Best oral presentation prize winner - Adriana Flores-Langarica, University of Birmingham


Undergraduates and postgraduates, please note, if you are not currently a member of the British Society for Immunology, we have special registration rates on offer that provide you with a year of membership to the British Society for Immunology at a reduced rate in addition to registering for the event.  BSI membership provides you with many benefits that can help you progress your career. 

Registration rates for BSI members

  Registration fees
BSI member (Full & Early Careers) £25
BSI postgraduate member (PhD & Masters) £15
BSI concessionary member (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired) £15

Registration rates for non-members, with one year of BSI membership included in the registration fee

Postgraduate non-member (PhD & Masters), including 1 year free BSI membership £40
Undergraduate, including 1 year free BSI membership £15

Registration rates for non-members (one year of BSI membership is not included in the fee)

Non-member (Full & Early Careers) £45
Postgraduate non-member (PhD & Masters) £30
Concessionary non-member (includes parental leave, career breaks, retired, emeritus retired) £30


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