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B Cells: Mechanisms in Immunity and Autoimmunity (E4)


Organizer(s) Lars Nitschke, Michael Reth, Roberta Pelanda and David M. Tarlinton
June 17—21, 2018
Maritim Hotel & International Congress Center Dresden • Dresden, Germany
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Feb 14, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Mar 14, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: Feb 14, 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: Apr 17, 2018

Sponsored by Genentech, Inc., MSD, and Roche

Summary of Meeting:
B cells play an important role in immunity and immunology research. New findings about the relevance and contribution of B cells to autoimmunity have rejuvenated interest in B cell immunology research. B cell functions unrelated to the production of antibodies have also been recently uncovered, indicating B cells operate in the context of both humoral and cellular adaptive immune responses. These B cell properties have stimulated a plethora of studies aimed at discovering the molecular mechanisms of B cell development and diversification, B cell activation, B cell memory responses and B cell tolerance induction. Affinity maturation of antibodies within the germinal center is now considered to be more complex than previously thought. The generation of broadly neutralizing antibodies against viruses in a few, but not all individuals, and the generation of autoantibodies during germinal center responses, have challenged existing dogmas. B cell metabolism and its intersection with the microbiome are stimulating and exciting areas only now beginning to be explored. Antibody-independent functions of B cells, for example in secreting inflammatory or regulatory cytokines, suggest B cells are relevant in many inflammatory and allergic diseases. This conference aims to address the mechanisms of B cell activation, B cell differentiation and B cell responses, and the contribution of B cells to the development of autoimmune diseases. Potential new treatment options for these diseases will also be covered.

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Scholarships/Awards

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Jeremy F. Brooks
University of Queensland, Australia

Ludivine Camille Litzler
Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal, Canada

Joseph Cornelius Lownik
Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Nathan Max Schabla
Creighton University, USA

Rachel Wong
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Scholarship Recipients

Diana Marcela Bautista
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

Carlos Castrillon
Institut Pasteur, France

Rodrigo Cervantes-Díaz
Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

Andrea Di Pietro
Monash University, Australia

Hayley A. McNamara
Australian National University, Australia

Imogen Moran
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia