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Innate Immunity: Sensing the Microbes and Damage Signals
joint with The Microbiome
Organizer(s): Gabriel Nuñez and Akiko Iwasaki
Date: March 04 - 09, 2012
Location: Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO, USA
Sponsored by Gilead Sciences, Inc. Supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen.
Summary of Meeting:
In recent years there have been major advances in our understanding of the mechanisms that are involved in the recognition of microbes and subsequent activation of host immune defenses. Several classes of membrane-bound and cytosolic pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) have been identified and partially characterized. These include the Toll-like receptors (TLRs), NOD-like receptors (NLRs) and RIG-I-like receptors (RLRs). Activation of PRRs leads to the production of a large array of pro-inflammatory and anti-microbial molecules that are critical for the elimination of invading pathogens, and activation of adaptive immune responses. A class of cytosolic PRRs is involved in the assembly of the inflammasome, a molecular platform that mediates activation of caspase-1 and secretion of mature IL-1beta and IL-18. Importantly, activation of the inflammasome is also induced by non-microbial mechanisms including endogenous molecules involved in the pathogenesis of metabolic and inflammatory diseases. In addition, there is evidence that autophagy, a cellular process that mediates recycling of intracellular components, is involved in microbial recognition and plays a key role in host defense. The initial sensing of microbes often occurs at mucosal surfaces, but the interplay between recognition of commensal vs. pathogenic microbes on the host immune system is only beginning to be uncovered. The goal of the Keystone Symposia meeting on Innate Immunity: Sensing the Microbes and Damage Signals is to gather scientists working on innate immunity to discuss cutting edge research on the mechanisms that regulate the activation of the immune system by microbes as well as by endogenous damage signals, and to integrate such knowledge in the context of inflammation, homeostasis, host defense, and disease. Opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions will be significantly enhanced by the concurrent meeting on The Microbiome, which will share a keynote address and three plenary sessions with this meeting.
Scholarship Deadline: November 3 2011
Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 3 2011
Abstract Deadline: December 8 2011
Discounted Registration Deadline: January 5 2012
Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor(s) for generously supporting this meeting:
Educational donation provided by AmgenGilead Sciences, Inc.
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Biogen IdecLandes Bioscience
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Dynavax Technologies Corporation

Genentech, Inc.
We appreciate the organizations that provide Keystone Symposia with additional support, such as marketing and advertising:
EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization)S. Karger AG - Journal of Innate Immunity
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1R13AI098256-01
The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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