Myeloid Cells: From Birth to Immunity and Disease
joint with Innate Immune Memory: From Evolutionary Roots to Human Disease
Scientific Organizers: Venizelos Papayannopoulos, Claudia Jakubzick and Martin Guilliams
Date: March 06 - 09, 2022
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB, Canada
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Myeloid cells are the workhorses of the innate immune system. They are essential for survival and play central roles in human disease. Recent developments have uncovered novel roles for myeloid cells in orchestrating immune defense, tissue homeostasis, metabolic state, and neurological function. These functions are regulated by complex cellular signaling pathways and a fascinating network of interactions with other host cells and microbes and the microbiome. Myeloid cells can also be deregulated to promote inflammatory, metabolic, degenerative and neurological conditions and hijacked by pathogens and tumor cells to promote infection and cancer. The conference will explore the diverse biological roles of myeloid cells and highlight the pathways that define myeloid cell identity. One focus point will be on how myeloid cell differentiation is tuned by lifestyle, immunological and metabolic cues to shape cell function. A second focus is interactions between myeloid cells and other immune cells, tumors, the stroma and neuronal compartments. The conference will also highlight the latest developments in our understanding of the cell biological, metabolic and signaling mechanisms that regulate myeloid cell responses. Our vision is to provide a comprehensive view of how myeloid cell differentiation and cellular regulation impacts function in homeostasis and disease. This perspective will promote synergy across research areas and identify exciting future research directions.
Scholarship Deadline: November 18 2021 details
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