Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 4, 2014. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.
The Immunochemistry & Immunobiology Gordon Research Conference will be held in conjunction with the Immunochemistry & Immunobiology Gordon-Merck Research Seminar
. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GMRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Please refer to the Immunochemistry & Immunobiology GMRS web page for more information.
At a time of dramatic developments in immunology, the 2014 Gordon Research Conference in Immunochemistry and Immunobiology will use the presentation and discussion of new, largely unpublished data from leading and emerging experts to fundamentally re-evaluate basic research priorities, general scholarship, and translational potentials in nine key thematic areas of immunology. Those areas are: immune cell development and renewal; immune regulatory mechanisms; immunology and metabolism; immunological memory; tissue-based immune compartments; neonatal immunology; human immune response mechanisms; cytokines and their actions; and tumour immunology. Whereas these areas have traditionally been considered in the context of protection against infection, the more contemporary and challenging backdrop for their presentation and brain-storming shall also include the emerging and unexpected roles for immune cells in basic physiologic processes; the unanticipated yet impressive efficacies of immunotherapies in areas of major clinical need; and the rapidly improving tools for the direct analysis and manipulation of human immune responses.
The consideration of these issues will be aided by a broad constituency of delegates, while retaining a major goal of training and motivating the next generation of research leaders in basic, clinical, and applied science. In this regard, the opportunities for more junior attendees to make oral and poster presentations have been increased over previous years, and the Conference will benefit from a directly preceding Gordon Research Seminar in Immunology.
A list of preliminary session topics and speakers is displayed below (discussion leaders, where known, are noted in italics). The detailed program is currently being developed by the Conference Chair and will be available by February 1, 2014. Please check back for updates.
- Immune Cell Development and Renewal
(Cynthia Guidos / Miriam Merad / Paul Frenette)
- Regulation of Immune Cells and Systems
(Gillian Griffiths / Marc Jenkins / Ruslan Medzhitov / Art Weiss)
- Immunology and Metabolism
(Luke O’Neill / Claudia Kemper / Erika Pearce)
- Memory in Innate and Adaptive Cells
(Federica Sallusto / Sue Kaech / Lewis Lanier / Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren)
- Immunity within Tissues
(Yasmine Belkain / Dan Littman / Wendy Garrett)
- Human Immunobiology
(Rafi Ahmed / Antonio Lanzavecchia / Mark Davis / Danny Douek / Alex Sigal / Zaza Ndhlovu)
- Immunity in the Very Young
(J.C. Zuniga-Pflucker / T. Burt)
- The Mechanisms of Cytokine Action
(Fiona Powrie / Hergen Spits / Charles Dinarello / Ajay Chawla)
- Tumour Immunology
(Padmanee Sharma / Jim Allison / TBA)