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 big data approaches, 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; how the host microbiome and metabolic states drive immunity; human immunogenetics, immunopharmacology and translational immunotherapy (checkpoint inhibitors and CAR-T cells) and vaccination strategies. We will also have a session to highlight the “next generation" of promising young investigators in the field. This meeting has become the vanguard research conference for investigators and their trainees with a common interest in fungal infections.