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B Cells in Context
Organizer(s): Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Michael P. Cancro and Mark S. Schlissel
Date: February 24 - March 01, 2009
Location: Taos Convention Center (meeting only), Taos, NM, USA
Supported by the Directors' Fund
Summary of Meeting:
B lymphocytes play critical roles in immune responses by producing antibodies that eliminate pathogens, presenting antigens to T cells and secreting regulatory cytokines. B cells develop from hematopoietic precursors through stochastic and directed molecular events that include DNA rearrangements, epigenetic changes, and transcriptional regulation. Further differentiation is controlled by environmental factors that include interactions with hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cells, pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, and a broad range of cytokines and chemokines. The B cell receptor repertoire is purged of self-specificity at multiple checkpoints prior to entrance into primary or memory pools. Failures in these processes can lead to autoimmune disease and lymphoid malignancy. These events involve highly choreographed cell-cell interactions and migratory behaviors. The goal of this meeting will be to ask how the various B cell microenvironments regulate the molecular events that determine B cell fate and function, and to explore how manipulation of the microenvironment can impact the immune response, autoimmunity, transformation and vaccine development.
Scholarship Deadline: October 22 2008
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 22 2008
Abstract Deadline: November 25 2008
Discounted Registration Deadline: December 29 2008
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Genentech, Inc.
We appreciate the organizations that provide Keystone Symposia with additional support, such as marketing and advertising:
Cell Press
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1R13AI081355-01
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