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A two-day showcase of the fantastic immunology, infection and inflammation research happening at Oxford

Immunology symposium

The Immunology Network and the Oxford Immunology Group jointly organised a two-day symposium at the Mathematical Institute to showcase the world-class research taking place across the University. 

Highlights of the event included the presentation of 3 poster prizes:

1st Prize of a £100 Amazon voucher went to Rebeca Arroyo Hornero (NDS)nfor her poster entitled 'Enhancing regulatory T cell therapy by targeting CD27/CD70 co-stimulation'.

2nd Prize of a £50 Amazon voucher went to Liam Brown (Maths) for his poster entitled 'Predicting observed patient responses to a short-peptide cancer vaccine via clinical trial simulations'.

3rd Prize of a £25 Amazon voucher went to Shivan Sivakumar (Oncology) for his poster entitled 'Immuno-phenotypes of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma'.

Congratulations to all poster presenters and many thanks to the poster judges, Divya Shah (Wellcome), Martin Broadstock (MRC) and Anton van der Merwe (Dunn School)>

Early Career Researcher Awards were presented to;

  • Marcin Pekalski (WCHG)
  • Mike Barnkob (WIMM)
  • Alison Murphy (Dunn School)
  • Grigory Ryzhakov (Kennedy)

Programme:

 

MONDAY 16th APRIL

8.00-9.00

Registration with tea, coffee and pastries

SESSION 1

Chairs; Paul Klenerman and Alex Spencer

9.00-9.10

Paul Klenerman- Welcome

9.10-9.40

Gavin Screaton- The human antibody response in dengue and Zika virus infection

9.40-10.10

Lynn Dustin- The mystery of B cell clonal expansion in hepatitis C virus infection

10.10-10.30

Marcin Pekalski- Recent thymic emigrants in neonates and adults share an antimicrobial molecular signature (selected talk)

Coffee break

11.00-11.30

Philippa Matthews- HBV Immunogenetics: recent advances and new questions

11.30-12.00

Jane McKeating- Circadian regulation of hepatitis viruses

12.00-12.30

Lightning talks

Lunch with poster viewing (odd numbers)

13.30-14.00

Optional- discussion on future QBioX sandpits led by Mark Coles

SESSION 2

Chairs; Jan Rehwinkel and Mike Barnkob

14.00-14.30

Ben Fairfax- Exploring determinants of inter-individual variation in innate and adaptive responses

14.30-15.00

Alison Banham- The FOXP1 transcription factor drives immunosuppression in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

15.00-15.15

Susan Barton, Federica Villanova- Innovative solutions for old challenges (Miltenyi Biotech)

Coffee break with poster viewing (odd numbers)

15.40-16.00

Mike Barnkob- Tumour-derived semaphorin inhibit tumour-specific T cells by affecting migration and the immunological synapse (selected talk)

16.00-16.30

Omer Dushek- Phenotypic models of T cell activation

16.30-17.00

Graham Ogg- Lipid-specific T cells and the skin

17.00-19.00

*Networking drinks and canapes in the Common Room*

TUESDAY 17th APRIL

SESSION 3

Chairs; Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic and Philipp Kruger

9.00-10.00

KEYNOTE: Arturo Zychlinsky- NETs – the second function of chromatin

10.00-10.30

Petros Ligoxygakis- We are the 96%: Invertebrate models to study innate immunity

Coffee break with poster viewing

11.00-11.30

Adrian Smith- Wild immunology: Characterising innate immunity in European badgers to help understand their relationship with Mycobacterium bovis

11.30-12.00

Mads Gyrd-Hansen- Ubiquitin signalling in inflammation

12.00-12.20

Alison Murphy- Role of inflammasome activation in the intestinal epithelium(selected talk)

Lunch with poster viewing

13.00-13.30

Optional- discussion on immunology teaching led by Philipp Kruger

SESSION 4

Chairs; Susie Dunachie and Anita Milicic

13.30-14.00

Alessandra Geremia- Dissecting mechanisms of inflammation and cancer in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis-associated IBD

14.00-14.30

Luke Jostins- What is the impact of inflammatory bowel disease risk variants on the human immune system?

14.30-14.50

Grigory Ryzhakov- Alpk1 is a novel negative regulator of intestinal inflammation (selected talk)

Coffee break

15.15-15.45

Christophe Fraser- HIV virulence: the virus, the host, genetics and maths

15.45-16.15

Helen McShane- Immunological insights from TB vaccine trials

16.15-16.30

Summing up and prize giving

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