The first EMBO conference on Innate Lymphoid Cells will take place at the Institut Pasteur, Paris from 29th September to 1st October, 2014.
The study of Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs) is a strong emergent field in immunology that is having a major impact on our understanding of the early events unfolding during an immune response. While subsets of ILCs (NK cells, LTi cells) have been recognized for more than 10 years, the realization that ILCs constitute a larger family that mirrors the activity of differentiated T cells has only become apparent in the last few years. ILCs have now been shown to regulate defenses to infections, wound healing, allergy and adaptive immunity through their prompt reactivity to tissue infection and injury. Thus harnessing the activity of ILCs may lead to improved immunotherapy and vaccines, an expectation that is reflected in the growing number of high impact papers published in top-tier journals and of teams investigating ILC biology worldwide.
It appears therefore well timed to organize the first international meeting on ILCs this year in order to gather all major players in the field and discuss recent advances and visions, as well as to reconvene this meeting every 2-3 years in order to monitor progress and re-assess the larger picture in ILC research.
Chairs of the conference
James Di Santo, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Gérard Eberl, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Eric Vivier, Marseille Medical School, France
David Artis, UPenn, Philadelphia, USA
Marco Colonna, Washington University, USA
Andreas Diefenbach, Freiburg University, Germany
Shigeo Koyasu, Riken Yokohama, Japan
Richard Locksley, UCSF, USA
Andrew McKenzie, LMB, UK
Reina Mebius, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Fiona Powrie, University of Oxford, UK
Hergen Spits, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Call for Abstracts Authors are invited to submit an abstract in English to be considered for an oral or poster presentation at the conference. The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 30th, 2014.
You can register for the conference through the secure site: www.ilc1.org