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This meeting took place in 2011

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B Cells: New Insights into Normal versus Dysregulated Function (D6)

Organizer(s) David J. Rawlings, Frances E. Lund, Stuart G. Tangye and John G. Monroe
April 12—17, 2011
Fairmont Chateau Whistler • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 13, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 18, 2011
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 13, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 11, 2011

Sponsored by Amgen Inc.

Summary of Meeting:
B lymphocytes play crucial roles in host defense against infection via a series of highly coordinated processes that include cell homing, antigen recognition, antibody secretion, antigen presentation, and/or cytokine release. To accomplish these myriad functions, B cells must maneuver through a complex series of primary and secondary developmental, homoeostatic, and activation-triggered checkpoints. These checkpoints dictate stochastic and molecularly directed events dependent upon local micro-environments, cell-cell interactions, and interactions with pathogenic or non-pathogenic organisms. Early events in this developmental cascade promote the generation of a diverse B cell antigen receptor repertoire that is essential for both survival and entry into downstream effector populations. In parallel, this repertoire is tested for self-reactivity at multiple steps leading to either loss or expansion of specific clones. Dysregulation of these complex processes can lead, alternatively, to immunodeficiency, autoimmune, or malignant disease. The overall goal of this meeting is to highlight recent studies of normal versus abnormal B cell development and function with an emphasis whenever possible on data using human models.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 13, 2010 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • Sufficient background
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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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