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Dendritic Cells (Z2)

Organizer(s) Giorgio Trinchieri, Gwendalyn J. Randolph and Sebastian Amigorena
March 29—April 3, 2009
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 2, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 31, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 2, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 29, 2009

Sponsored by Novo Nordisk A/S

Summary of Meeting:
The current studies on Dendritic Cells (DCs) have confirmed not only their major role as antigen presenting cells in adaptive immunity but also their important functions in the initiation of the innate resistance and inflammatory responses. Thus, DCs function as an important bridge between innate resistance and adaptive immunity either through cellular interactions or secretion of pro-inflammatory and immunoregulatory cytokines. The origin and migration pattern of DCs as well as their sharing of hematopoietic lineages, functions, and receptors with other phagocytic cell types such as monocytes and macrophages is a subject of intense investigation. The special characteristics of antigen processing and expression of immunoregulatory gene products in DCs are central in their ability to either activate or tolerize T cells and in their in vivo functions in degenerative, autoimmune and infectious diseases as well as in cancer. In this symposium, the following aspects of DC biology will be emphasized: (1) DC precursors and relation with monocyte and macrophages; (2) receptors, phagocytosis, and antigen presentation; (3) regulation of type I IFN production; (4) DCs in tolerance, immunity, and T cell activation; and (5) DCs in cancer and other diseases.

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Scholarship Deadline: December 2, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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