The chairs of this conference will be reviewing applications and abstracts and making all acceptance decisions by March 5, 2021 to ensure they can effectively manage the demand to attend this conference. All applications received after March 5 will be waitlisted if potential attendance slots open and no applications will be accepted after May 30, 2021.
The 2021 Gordon Research Conference on Immunology of Fungal Infections will focus on leading advances in our mechanistic understanding of the immune response against clinically relevant fungal pathogens. This meeting – the 6th in its series – has become the must-attend venue for immunologists and medical mycologists to discuss how the immune system responds to the challenge of fungal organisms as well as how the fungal species subvert the innate and adaptive immune system. In this meeting we include focus on investigations using state of the art advances in fundamental immune processes, the rules that govern control of fungal infections and development of new strategies for immunotherapeutic control of these pathogens in humans. Other sessions will focus on important current issues regarding the development of fungal immunity, including: innate fungal recognition; pathogen-associated molecular patterns and corresponding pattern recognition receptors; adaptive immune responses and their regulation; impact of immunodeficiency and immunomodulation on fungal pathogenesis and susceptibility; pulmonary fungal disease; human immunogenetics; immunopharmacology; fungal infections in oncological and immune-mediated diseases; and vaccination strategies. We will also have a session to highlight the “next generation" of promising young investigators in the field. The interaction between COVID and fungal infections is an being recognized clinically. Thus, we will include late-breaking abstracts and talks to address COVID-fungal interactions. This meeting has become the vanguard research conference for investigators and their trainees with a common interest in fungal infections.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: Signaling and Stress Responses to Fungal Pathogens
- Pulmonary Fungal Disease
- Early-Career Investigator Presentations
- Preventative and Reactive Therapies: From Vaccines to Immunotherapies
- Fungi in Cancer and Immune-Mediated Diseases
- From Bench to Bedside: Translating Fungal Immunity to Patients
- Immunogenetics and Fungal Immunity
- Innate Immunity in Fungal Infections
- Effector Pathways in Fungal Immunity: Contribution of the Adaptive Immune Response