Aging, Inflammation and Immunity (X2)

joint with the meeting on Immunological Memory: Innate, Adaptive and Beyond (X1)

Scientific Organizers: Bonnie B. Blomberg and Graham Pawelec


February 25—March 1, 2018

Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, Texas, USA


This activity was supported by an educational grant from Celgene Corporation


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Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 26, 2017

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time

Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
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Scholarship Deadline: October 26, 2017

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Abstract Deadline: November 29, 2017

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

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(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is October 26, 2017)

Discounted Registration Deadline: December 21, 2017

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Registration Fee: 820.00 USD* (includes 200.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 595.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 1020.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 795.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

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Meeting Summary



The world’s aging population and problems with morbidity have been increasing rapidly. Decreases in immune function and increases in chronic inflammation with age are a major contributor to age-related diseases. This Keystone Symposia conference will provide a venue for researchers from around the world to discuss current findings and fundamental research to understand the mechanisms underlying declining immune function, increasing chronic inflammation, and possible interventions. The meeting will address essential aspects of aging/longevity research, with particular emphasis on the immune system and inflammation including effects of immunosenescence on cancer, autoimmunity, vaccine response and infectious disease. Longitudinal studies on aging and immunity, frailty and effects on mortality, quality of life and survival will also be covered as well as biomarkers of the aging immune system, mechanisms for generating chronic inflammation including the SASP, telomeres and the microbiome, regulation of aging and age-related immune function, and therapeutic approaches to slow aging and/or improve the immune system. The adaptive, innate and mucosal immune systems will be covered as these systems have a significant impact on human aging. Questions to be addressed include: 1) What changes in the immune system contribute to the observed decline in immune function and increase in the chronic inflammatory state? 2) How do diseases of aging or decreased immunity develop, and what can be done to prevent or reverse them? To address these questions, the symposium will gather investigators from interdisciplinary areas on aging, inflammation and immunology and will focus first on the human and secondly the murine immune systems.