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Skin Health and Disease: Immune, Epithelial and Microbiome Crosstalk
Organizer(s): Michel Gilliet, Emma Guttman, Anthony Oro and Manolis Pasparakis
Date: April 08 - 11, 2019
Location: Herrenhausen Palace, Hannover, Germany
Organized in collaboration with Volkswagen Foundation
Summary of Meeting:
The skin is the largest human organ and the primary interface between the body and the environment. It provides the first line of defense against invading pathogens and trauma via its physical barrier properties but also via active defense mechanisms orchestrated by a coordinated interplay between epithelial and immune cells. Recently, the skin microbiota has emerged as an important third player that critically influences skin homeostasis and inflammation by interacting with epithelial and immune cells. This conference highlights these reciprocal interactions and describes their impact on skin physiology and pathophysiology. A central focus is to discuss how the composition of the skin microbiota regulates homeostasis and determines susceptibility to inflammatory, allergic and neoplastic diseases of the skin and other epithelial tissues. Emerging concepts regarding the mechanisms influencing the epithelial-immune-microbiota crosstalk and opportunities for therapeutic interventions will be discussed. The conference provides a unique setting for in-depth, cross-disciplinary discussions between basic skin scientists and biologists studying immune responses in other barrier organs, as well as dermatologists, cancer biologists, immunologists and many researchers from disparate fields who normally do not have opportunities to meet. This conference will also foster interaction with potential industry partners, who increasingly see the skin as a major focus for gaining insights into immune mechanisms and for development of targeted therapies for patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, allergic diseases and cancer. Finally, the conference will promote the scientific and professional development of all attendees, with a special emphasis on trainees and early-career scientists.
Global Health Travel Award Deadline: November 13 2018
Scholarship Deadline: January 10 2019
Discounted Abstract Deadline: December 12 2018
Abstract Deadline: January 10 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: February 7 2019
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Zymo Research Corporation
Keystone Symposia thanks the Volkswagen Foundation for hosting this conference:
in Cooperation with Volkswagen Foundation
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Grant No. 1R13AR075401-01
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13AR075401-01 from the National Institutes of Health. 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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