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Pathogenesis and Immune Regulation in Helminth Infections (B4)

Organizer(s) Rick M. Maizels, Maria Yazdanbakhsh and Thomas A. Wynn
February 1—5, 2009
Granlibakken Tahoe • Tahoe City, CA USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 1, 2008
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 30, 2008
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 1, 2008
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 1, 2008

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
The immunology of parasitic helminths is now attracting intense interest, due to the exciting and intricate relationship between immunity and pathogenesis, the proposed significance of regulatory immune controls in modulating both infection and disease, including allergies and autoimmunity, and the application of new molecular tools to the field situation. Currently, research aims to trace how helminths manipulate host immune cell populations, identify molecular mediators and receptor pathways involved in the host-pathogen dialogue, and design new interventions for control of infection in both human and animal contexts. This meeting will bring together scientists from many different countries (particularly those highly prevalent for helminth diseases), bridging from reductionist model systems, which offer proof of principle, to the epidemiological scale in which major insights are gained from natural infection settings. New questions from field and laboratory research will be generated, promoting the integration of different strands of inquiry and paving the way for new strategies for disease control.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 1, 2008 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
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    • Sufficient background
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    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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