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This meeting took place in 2007

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The Macrophage: Homeostasis, Immunoregulation and Disease (D2)

Organizer(s) Christopher L. Karp, Stefanie N. Vogel and Siamon Gordon
April 11—16, 2007
Copper Mountain Resort • Copper Mountain, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 11, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 15, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 11, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 12, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Macrophage-like cells are present in essentially all metazoans. Although often dismissed merely as scavengers, recent genetic, molecular, cellular, and in vivo insights into macrophage biology have focused mechanistic attention on their prodigiously varied roles: as sensors, effectors and regulators of innate immunity; as links between innate and adaptive immunity; as cells central to tissue development and homeostasis; as targets of diverse pathogens; and as cells integral to the pathogenesis of a variety of infectious and non-infectious diseases. Investigation into this profusion of roles has revealed startling conservation of underlying molecular themes and mechanisms, a growing understanding that forms the basis for the organization of this meeting. A special focus of the meeting will be on areas of macrophage biology that are usually neglected, including macrophage differentiation and heterogeneity, and their trophic and developmental roles. The meeting is intended to provide a state-of-the-art overview of macrophage biology, to highlight the translational implications of this work, to provide scientific "cross-fertilization" across different model systems, topics and levels of investigation, and to help define the most important questions to be addressed next in the field.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 11, 2006 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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    • Grammar and spelling
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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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