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Call for proposals for BSI Congress 2022

We're delighted to announce that the 2022 British Society for Immunology Congress will be held in Liverpool from 5–8 December 2022.

Our Congress Committee is actively working on the scientific programme for 2022 and has confirmed the following topics for plenary sessions. All BSI members are invited to propose topics for additional parallel sessions before the deadline of Friday 8 October 2021.
 

Plenary sessions

Tropical Diseases
A session to highlight immunological investigations and vaccine developments against different tropical diseases.

The Brainy Immune System
This session will explore recent advances in our understanding of interactions between the neuronal and immune systems. Highlighting the role neuronal signalling plays in shaping the immune response in homeostasis and disease, and the key role of immune cells in neuronal health from gut to fat to lymphoid tissues.

Immunotherapies Come of Age
The session will draw together learnings from two decades of immunotherapy for immune diseases and, more recently, cancer. In particular, the session will focus on areas such as how useful were preclinical models, target pathway selection, optimising safety, biological monitoring, dose and administration regimen design and how this should inform the more recent approaches to immunotherapy.

Beyond Blood
Much of our understanding of the human immunity comes from studies investigating response in blood, drawing inference from other model systems. However, in the last decade approaches for directly sampling from tissues and getting more data from fewer cells has changed this. In this session, we will look at advances in directly sampling from lymph nodes and other tissues to draw more information about the human immune response.

Systems Immunology
Single cell technologies from scRNAseq and high dimensional cytometry to large scale human clinical trial datasets has opened new opportunities to understand mechanisms of human immune in health and disease and provided the capacity to apply machine learning and AI to transform mechanistic understanding and accelerate therapeutic development. This session will explore the frontiers of systems-based approaches to explore how it is impacting on immunology and clinical medicine.

Innate Inborn Immunodeficiencies (informing on immune function)
This session will look at how the identification of genetic mutations associated with disease can provide novel insights into unpredicted functions of innate immune sensory and regulatory molecules and pathways.

 

The Congress Committee suggests that ideas for parallel sessions are discussed and forwarded through one of the many BSI Regional and Affinity Groups. Groups are asked to discuss suggestions with members, and identify any overlaps or proposals that could benefit from further input before forwarding the completed proposals to the BSI. The Committee requests proposals for 1 hr 45 min sessions to maximise the number of topics that can be accepted. If you feel your topic may warrant a double session, please contact us to advise before pursuing this line of proposal. 

If you have a topic suggestion, please contact the relevant Regional and/or Affinity Group to discuss your ideas as soon as possible – before the deadline! To submit a proposal, please use our proposal template and further guidelines document.

Proposals using our template should be emailed to congress@immunology.org by Friday 8 October 2021. If you have any questions, please reach out to congress@immunology.org, or to Joanne Hemstock at j.hemstock@immunology.org or telephone at +44(0)7437 596384.

  

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