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Integrating Metabolism and Immunity (E4)


Organizer(s) Hongbo Chi, Erika L. Pearce, Richard A. Flavell and Luke A.J. O'Neill
May 29—June 2, 2017
Royal Dublin Society • Dublin, Ireland
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
Abstract Deadline: Mar 1, 2017
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
Discounted Registration Deadline: Mar 29, 2017

Organized in Collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland
Sponsored by AbbVie Inc., MSD, Novo Nordisk A/S and Pfizer Inc.


Summary of Meeting:
The coordination of metabolic programs with immune cell fate is a fundamental event in immunity. Immune cells are known for their ability to rapidly transition from resting to activated states in response to external stimuli. Typically, their activation is accompanied by increased expression of large panels of immune effector molecules, and in the case of lymphocytes, is also accompanied by extensive and rapid cellular proliferation. Recent studies have revealed the fundamental importance of metabolic reprogramming, including dynamic regulation of aerobic glycolysis (the Warburg effect), lipid synthesis and degradation, and mitochondrial activity, in immune cell activation and differentiation and the outcome of immune responses. This process depends upon the interplay between the metabolic machinery and immune signaling and transcriptional pathways, and is further shaped by the availability of metabolic substrates and nutrients within the cells and in the microenvironment, including those produced by microbiota. The critical link between metabolism and immunity is indicated by findings that aberrant immune cell metabolism not only affects inflammatory responses and adaptive immunity, but also contributes to metabolic disorders. The goal of this Keystone Symposia meeting is to bring together leading investigators working on metabolism (organismal, cellular, and microbial metabolism) and immunobiology. Additional opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions will be provided by the discussion on central metabolism and the contribution of key metabolic substrates by the microbiota. The latest discoveries will be discussed in the context of basic biology and how it can be exploited to design new therapeutics targeting inflammatory and metabolic disorders.

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Scholarships/Awards

Biogen ECITA Scholarship Recipients

David R. Soto-Pantoja
Wake Forest School of Medicine, USA

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Hatoon Baazim
CeMM, Center for Molecular Medicine, Austria

Derek R. Clements
Dalhousie University, Canada

Emily L. Goldberg
Yale University, USA

Helena MarĂ­a Izquierdo
National Centre of Cardiovascular Research, Spain

Ayano Kohlgruber
Harvard University, USA

Laurel Monticelli
Weill Cornell Medicine, USA

Leonard Pelgrom
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Phyu Myat Thwe
University of Vermont, USA

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

Sagar P. Bapat
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

Marc Johnson
Vanderbilt University, USA

Gerard E. Kaiko
Washington University in St Louis, USA

Boyoung Shin
University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Autumn G. York
Yale University, USA