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UCL Infection, Immunology and Inflammation Symposium 2014

UCL Personalised Medicine Domain

Monday, November 24, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 6:15 PM (GMT)

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UCL Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (III) Symposium 2014

Monday 24 November 2014

Venue: UCL Institute of Child Health (UCL ICH)

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If you are not contacted before the event about newly available tickets, it may still be worth coming to the venue on the day, as you may be able to gain entrance to the event if there are people who do not show up. Whilst it is likely that there will be 'no shows', there is obvioulsy no way of us knowing for sure, so we are not able guarantee you admittance on the day.

This year we have an excellent line-up of eminent speakers from across UCL who will be presenting their ground-breaking work and answering your questions.

There will also be an interactive debate session, as well as talks by Professor Sir John Tooke (UCL Vice-Provost (Health)) and Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President and Provost).

We are also holding an abstract competition for early career researchers in both the basic and clinical sciences.

The deadline for submitting abstracts has now passed. The abstracts will now be scored by the UCL III Committee. The top-scoring six applicants will present their research to the 250-strong Symposium audience.

The other top scoring applicants have created a poster of their abstract to display during the Symposium. The Poster Competition and Presentation winners will be announced and rewarded at the end of the Symposium, before the networking drinks reception.

This event is being organised in association with UCLPartners and The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (III) Programme.

Please see the programme and full abstract competition guidelines below.


 9.00-9.30am Registration

 9.30-9.35am Professor Hans Stauss
UCLPartners Programme Director for Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and Immunology and Transplantation, Co-director of the UCL Division of Infection & Immunity
- Welcome and introduction 

9.35-10.35am Immunology

Chair: Professor Michael Ehrenstein
Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, UCL Division of Medicine

Professor Claudia Mauri
Professor of Immunology, UCL Division of Medicine
- Microbiota, regulatory B cells and arthritis: insight into a new mechanism of regulation

Professor Lucy Walker
Chair in Immune Regulation, Research Department of Immunology, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity
- The role of co-stimulation in regulating T cell function

Dr Paola Bonfanti
Lecturer, UCL/Rosetrees Excellence Fellow, UCL Institute of Child Health & UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation
- The complexity of thymic microenvironment: implications for tissue engineering

10.305-11.00am Networking and Poster Exhibtion Viewing

11.00am-12.15pm Early Career Researcher Presentations

Chair: Professor Arne Akbar
Professor of Immunology, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity

Dr Matthew C. Gage
Research Associate, UCL Centre for Clinical Pharmacology, Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics
- Inflammasome-processed interleukin-18 levels are negatively regulated by lipid-activated nuclear receptor LXR through multiple mechanisms

James Heather
PhD Researcher, Supervised by Professor Benny Chain, in the Innate2Adaptive lab, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity
- Idiosyncratic perturbations of the T-cell receptor population structure in HIV infection

Dr Julia Kenny
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Infection, Inflammation and Rheumatology, Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Physiology, UCL Institute of Child Health
- Structural cardiovascular changes are reversible in HIV-infected children in Zambia and Uganda

Dr Lisa Longato
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massimo Pinzani’s lab, UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health
- Role of gamma-ketoaldehydes as novel mediators of experimental fibrogenesis and stellate cells activation

Dr Emma Nicholson
Specialist Registrar Haematology/MRC Clinical Research Fellow Department of Immunology UCL Division of Infection & Immunity
- Increased CD3 enhances tumour immunity of TCR gene engineered CD4+ T cells and reveals the autoimmune risk of the endogenous repertoire

Dr Jimstan Periselneris
Clinical Research Fellow, UCL Centre for Inflammation & Tissue Repair
- The inflammatory response to Streptococcus pneumoniae is exaggerated by the polysaccharide capsule

12.15-12.25pm Professor Michael Arthur
UCL President and Provost

12.25-1.30pm Lunch and Poster Exhibition Viewing

1.30-1.40pm Professor Sir John Tooke
UCL Vice-Provost (Health) and Head of the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences and the UCL Medical School

1.40-2.40pm Debate: All children should have genome sequencing at birth

Chair: Professor Adrian Thrasher
Professor of Paediatric Immunology, UCL Institute of Child Health

Arguing ‘For’- Professor Mark Caulfield

Co-Director of the William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease at Barts, Chief Scientist for Genomics England

Arguing ‘Against’ - Professor John Martin
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics, UCL Division of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) Yale

2.40-2.45pm Comfort break

2.45-3.45pm Infection

Chair: Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi
Senior Lecturer, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity

Professor Judy Breuer
Professor of Virology UCL, Deputy Director MRC-UCL Centre for Medical Molecular Virology, Honorary Consultant Virologist Great Ormond Street Hospital, Head VZ Reference Laboratory, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity
- Sex and drugs and CMV

Professor Nigel Klein
Professor of Infection and Immunity, UCL Institute of Child Health
- The role of infection in preterm labour

Dr Adam Roberts
Senior Lecturer, UCL Eastman Dental Institute
- The impact of horizontal gene transfer on the biology of Clostridium difficile

3.45-4.05pm Networking and Poster Exhibition Viewing 

4.05-5.05pm Inflammation

Chair: Professor David Abraham
Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, Head, Research Department of Inflammation, Director, Centre for Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases, KTE Champion Faculty of Medical Sciences

Professor Derek W. Gilroy
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Head of Centre for Clinical Pharmacology, UCL Division of Medicine
- Understanding the cellular basis of resolving inflammation in rodents and humans

Professor Kenneth Smith
Professor and Head of Department of Neuroinflammation, UCL Institute of Neurology
- Experimental evidence regarding why, how and where lesions can form in multiple sclerosis

Professor Lucy Wedderburn
Professor of Paediatric R
heumatology, Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Physiological Medicine, UCL Institute of Child Health
- Th17 and CD161: the Jekyll and Hyde of childhood arthritis?

5.05-5.15pm Professor Michael Ehrenstein
Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, UCL Division of Medicine
- Closing remarks and prize presentation 

5.15-6.15pm Networking Drinks Reception

Abstract Competition Guidelines:

  • The deadline for submitting abstracts has now past. 
  • Any abstracts or changes to abstracts that are received after midnight on Thursday 9 October will not be accepted.
  • Posters should be printed in portrait and should not exceed A1 size (59.4cm x 84.1cm).
  • If your poster is selected for the exhibition, you will be notified by Friday 17 October with further instructions for printing and submitting your poster.
  • If you are one of the top scoring 6, you will also be notified by Friday 17 October and asked to prepare a presentation for the Symposium about your abstract subject matter. Your presentation must include slides.

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When & Where

UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
WC1N 1EH London
United Kingdom

Monday, November 24, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 6:15 PM (GMT)

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