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TH17 Cells in Health and Disease (F1)

Organizer(s) Chen Dong, Vijay Kuchroo and Brigitta Stockinger
February 5—10, 2009
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver • Vancouver, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Oct 6, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 6, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 6, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 5, 2008

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
T lymphocytes are important mediators of autoimmune diseases and their tolerance to self-antigens is tightly regulated. Regulatory T (Treg) cells maintain immune tolerance. Recently, a novel subset of CD4+ T cells that produce IL-17 (named Th17) has been identified and shown to be highly pathogenic in many autoimmune diseases. Surprisingly, there appears to be a reciprocal relationship between Th17 and Treg cells in their generation, and function. Therefore, T cell biology needs to be further re-examined in the context of molecular pathways that are required for their generation, mechanisms that are involved in their antagonism and function. The goal of this symposium is to bring the leaders in the field together to assess the increased complexity in the generation of pathogenic and regulatory T cells at the cellular, molecular and organismal levels and discuss the potential impact of these new findings on the development of treatments of human autoimmune diseases.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 6, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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    • The results are clearly presented
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