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This meeting took place in 2007

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Imaging Immune Responses (J7)

Organizer(s) Ronald N. Germain and Ellen A. Robey
February 25—March 1, 2007
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 25, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 27, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 25, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 26, 2006

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The cellular events leading to host defense and immunopathology are dynamic in nature and involve the migration, transient arrest, and redistribution of various hematopoietic cells types between blood, secondary lymphoid organs, and peripheral tissues. For this reason, a great deal of excitement has been generated by the recent application of miniaturized versions of clinical imaging tools such as PET scanning and MRI, confocal and especially multiphoton microscopy, and luminescence imaging to living animals, permitting direct spatiotemporal analysis of immune cells within complex tissue environments. However, standards for data analysis and interpretation are just emerging, as are improved methods that bridge the resolution and time gaps between the various methods, allowing analyses to begin with initiation of a response and to follow it through to pathogen/tumor clearance or induction of autoimmune pathology. This meeting will bring together experts who will describe ongoing and future applications of these new imaging methods and provide the attendees with an understanding of the new biological paradigms that are emerging from such investigations. Speakers will discuss both basic and clinically-related advances, including cell-cell interactions in the development of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses, the events underlying autoimmune pathology in models of rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, the trafficking of hematopoietic stem cells following grafting, signaling events in the thymus, bone marrow, and secondary lymphoid tissues, the sites of Treg activity, and the interplay between tumor cell growth and immune cell effector activity following anti-cancer vaccination.

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Scholarship Deadline: October 25, 2006 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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