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This meeting took place in 2010

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The Macrophage: Intersection of Pathogenic and Protective Inflammation (J8)

Organizer(s) Peter J. Murray, Sabine Ehrt and Ajay Chawla
February 12—17, 2010
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Oct 12, 2009
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 13, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 12, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 14, 2009

Sponsored by Novo Nordisk A/S

Summary of Meeting:
Recent insights into macrophage biology have focused on their prodigiously varied roles: as sensors, effectors and regulators of immunity; as cells central to tissue repair and homeostasis; as the host cell of diverse pathogens; and as cells pivotal to the pathogenesis of numerous inflammatory diseases. The conservation of underlying common mechanisms of macrophage activation and subsequent control forms the overall thematic organization of this meeting. A special focus will be on areas of macrophage biology that are often neglected, including the role of macrophages in inflammatory diseases not obviously linked to pathogens including atherosclerosis, cancer, metabolic diseases and other forms of ‘sterile’ inflammation. The meeting is intended to provide a state-of-the-art overview of macrophage biology, to highlight the translational implications of this work, to provide researchers with access to diverse model systems, topics and levels of investigation, and to help define the most important questions to be addressed.

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Scholarship Deadline: October 12, 2009 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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