Vector Biology: Emerging Concepts and Novel Technologies
joint with Skin-Immune Crosstalk
Scientific Organizers: João Pedra, Elena A. Levashina and Maria-Carla Saleh
Date: February 15 - 18, 2021
Location: Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO, USA
Arthropod vectors transmit several infectious agents that infect millions of people globally. Rapid unplanned urbanization, increased travel and trade bring humans into frequent contact with arthropod vectors, while climate change fuels their spread worldwide. Innovative concepts and technologies are strengthening vector control worldwide and redefining how to study these arthropods. This Keystone Symposium entitled: “Vector Biology: Emerging Concepts and Novel Technologies” will focus on cutting-edge areas of research, such as synthetic biology, microbiome and immunometabolism. We will also embrace reinvigorated aspects of epidemiology, physiology and reproduction. This Conference will have two joint sessions with the Keystone Meeting entitled: “Skin and Immune Crosstalk at Barrier Surfaces”. Entomologists, immunologists and microbiologists will discuss molecular mechanisms that occur at the vector-host interface. Overall, scientists will be bound by intellectual curiosity and transform how the knowledge from evolutionarily-diverse systems is integrated. Our goals are: 1) To provide a forum for intellectual exchange between scientists; 2) To afford an intimate meeting for discussions between investigators at various career levels; and 3) To generate original thinking to tackle the complexity of vector biology. Currently, there is no high-profile venue to discuss mechanisms that occur and are influenced by arthropod vectors. The organizers will: 1) nurture the development of paradigms in vector biology; 2) foster collaborations between investigators with distinct expertise; and 3) provide mentoring for the next generation of scientists. Finally, this Symposium will engage into discussions with thoughtful leaders, and provide much needed visibility for mid-career and junior scientists in the Vector Biology community.
Registration opens in January 2020