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This meeting took place in 2010

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Innate Immunity: Mechanisms and Modulation - RESCHEDULING IN PROGRESS (D1)

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Innate Immunity: Mechanisms Linking with Adaptive Immunity (D3)

Organizer(s) Luke A.J. O'Neill, Kate A. Fitzgerald and Averil I. Ma
June 7—12, 2010
Trinity College Dublin • Dublin 2, Ireland
Abstract Deadline: Feb 24, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Feb 24, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Feb 24, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Apr 7, 2010

Organized in Collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland

Summary of Meeting:
In the past 5 years there have been remarkable advances in our understanding of the molecular basis of innate immunity. We now have considerable detail on the major classes of innate immune receptors that sense pathogens and provoke immune and inflammatory responses. These include the Toll-like receptors (TLRs), NOD-like receptors (NLRs) and RIG-I-like receptors (RLRs). The role these receptors play in host defense against microbes has been studied, their signaling pathways elucidated, and their roles in infectious and inflammatory diseases examined in detail. As well as stimulating innate immunity via induction of various effector mechanisms, these receptors also participate in the establishment of adaptive immunity. This occurs via the induction of key cytokines to promote T and B cell development and activation, and also via the induction of co-stimulatory molecules on the surface of dendritic cells, notably CD80 and CD86. A final aspect concerns adjuvancy – microbial or synthetic agents that activate these receptors act as powerful adjuvants required for the establishment of memory responses. This conference will bring together scientists working on innate immune mechanisms activated by these receptors, and will have as a key focus the ability of these receptors and the responses they elicit to promote adaptive immunity. The conference will therefore be of interest to many investigators interested in immunity and the role the immune system plays in disease.

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Scholarship / Award Information


Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

Application Process

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