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This meeting took place in 2005

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Central Nervous System Inflammation: Mechanisms, Consequences and Therapeutic Strategies (J2)

Organizer(s) Scott R. Barnum, Iain L. Campbell and Pedro R. Lowenstein
January 11—15, 2005
Snowbird Resort • Snowbird, UT USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 17, 2004
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Early Registration Deadline: Nov 11, 2004

Sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Knowledge of the immunologic and inflammatory mechanisms contributing to acute and chronic central nervous system (CNS) diseases has increased dramatically in recent years. Inflammatory mediators and cellular processes once thought to be restricted to peripheral immune responses are now known to be central to the pathogenesis of many important CNS diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, HIV-dementia and others. Immune cell recruitment and regulation in the brain are known to be molded by the CNS environment where cells such as the microglia and astrocytes elaborate a variety of potent regulatory mediators. The mediators include an expanding array of cytokines, chemokines, proteases, as well as, complement proteins and reactive oxygen species. Determining the role of these mediators in CNS disease has been advanced considerably by the development of transgenic and knockout animal models. These animal models have, in many cases, provided unexpected results, thus broadening our understanding of inflammatory mechanisms in the CNS. This meeting will address recent advances in basic mechanisms, model approaches and novel therapies in immunologic and inflammatory diseases of the CNS and promote the interaction of basic and clinical researchers from diverse fields representing academia and industry.

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