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This meeting took place in 2007

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Biology of B Cells in Health and Disease (B5)

Organizer(s) Mark J. Shlomchik, Cornelius Murre and Timothy W. Behrens
February 6—12, 2007
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Oct 6, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 6, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 6, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 6, 2006

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
B lymphocytes secrete antibody, present antigen and regulate immune responses. The study of B cell differentiation has revealed unexpected plasticity. B cells undergo three unique DNA rearrangement processes: V(D)J recombination, somatic hypermutation, and class switch. The latter two occur in the germinal center, where memory B cells as well as long-lived plasma cells are generated. Much research is focused on the signals that generate these cells as well as their intrinsic properties. With regard to normal and aberrant function in disease, B cells frequently undergo transformation, likely via the DNA modification processes unique to B cells. Normally, B cells are tolerant to self but this can break down, leading to autoimmunity. B cells have proven an excellent target for therapy, but the mechanisms remain unclear. The meeting will highlight these interrelated topics by focusing first on molecular events in development and normal immune responses, then covering how these go awry during transformation, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency, with an emphasis on comparing murine and human systems.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 6, 2006 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
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  3. Style
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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • 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

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