Immunometabolism at the Crossroads of Obesity and Cancer
joint with Tumor Metabolism
Scientific Organizers: Lydia Lynch and Hongbo Chi
Date: January 16 - 20, 2022
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB, Canada
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The field of immunometabolism has generally been split into two largely separate areas: the study of the intrinsic cellular metabolic pathways driving immune response, and the study of leukocytes regulating systemic metabolism. However, the fields rarely have the chance to interact, yet it is critical to the field. This Keystone Symposia conference will bring these fields of systemic and cellular immunometabolism together for the first time. This conference highlights the interdependence of both arms of immunometabolism, using the settings of obesity and obesity driven cancer as the ideal examples to explore and synergize these areas of research. In addition, linking diet, obesity and immunity is very relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Moreover, by holding this conference jointly with the Keystone meeting on Tumor Metabolism, the program will integrate immunometabolism with cutting edge knowledge and tools in metabolism of cancer cells and the microenvironment to drive the field forward. Furthermore, this conference will cover sessions on new concepts and state of the art technologies that can lead to deeper insights in the field of immunometabolism with the goal of connecting metabolic processes at the organismal, tissue, and cellular levels, as well as sessions on understanding the effects of diet, microbiome and obesity in immune system function and cancer pathogenesis and therapy. Finally, innovative strategies for targeting immunometabolism as therapeutics for cancer, obesity and other disorders, including the approaches of improving immunotherapy and direct targeting of tumor-intrinsic pathways in cancer will also be covered.
Scholarship Deadline: October 5 2021 details
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Registered attendees of one meeting in a joint pair may participate in sessions of the other, pending space availability.