(as provided by the applicant): Support is requested for a Keystone Symposia meeting entitled Emerging Topics in Immune System Plasticity: Cellular Networks, Metabolic Control, and Regeneration, organized by Steven L. Reiner, Erika L. Pearce and Yasmine Belkaid. The meeting will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from January 15 - 20, 2013. The immune system is a multi-cellular network that adapts to external threats. Immune cells cooperate with other defenses, such as barriers, to prevent breach and to reject invaders by selecting the right responses while inflicting minimal damage to the host. A key feature of the immune system is its fluidity and ability to traverse temporal and spatial boundaries. Furthermore, immune system dynamics involve cellular expansion, provisional cellular niches, altered transcription, and balancing differentiation with regeneration. This meeting will bring together diverse researchers to better understand how immune reactions are orchestrated to contend with the extrinsic information and metabolic demands of cellular differentiation, function, and homeostasis.
The aims of the meeting are to 1) unveil the nature of cell-to-cell communication that occurs during different stages of the immune response, 2) reveal the latest understanding of extrinsic and intrinsic signaling networks that dictate lymphocyte and other immune cell fates, 3) increase awareness of metabolic control of immune cell fate and function, and 4) provide a format for the training and mentoring of new investigators and pre- and post- doctoral students. We anticipate that this meeting will alter the field's view of immune mobilization and execution, and will help to break barriers between immunology and other disciplines. Public Health Relevance: The human immune system provides a reliable defense mechanism to repel microbial and viral assault. Understanding how this system functions normally should lead to improved strategies to combat infection, cancer, autoimmunity and allergy. The Keystone Symposia meeting on Emerging Topics in Immune System Plasticity will be unique to the field of immunology in highlighting parallels between immune reactions and other developmental and neoplastic processes. By gathering both immunologists and non-immunologists, we anticipate that this meeting will open up key areas of immune system biology to the outside community and simultaneously foster general principles of cell and molecular biology to be applied to immunologic problems.

Public Health Relevance

The human immune system provides a reliable defense mechanism to repel microbial and viral assault. Understanding how this system functions normally should lead to improved strategies to combat infection, cancer, autoimmunity and allergy. The Keystone Symposia meeting on Emerging Topics in Immune System Plasticity will be unique to the field of immunology in highlighting parallels between immune reactions and other developmental and neoplastic processes. By gathering both immunologists and non-immunologists, we anticipate that this meeting will open up key areas of immune system biology to the outside community and simultaneously foster general principles of cell and molecular biology to be applied to immunologic problems.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Type
Conference (R13)
Project #
1R13AI102514-01
Application #
8400276
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAI1-JRR-M (M3))
Program Officer
Coulter, Nancy A
Project Start
2013-01-01
Project End
2013-12-31
Budget Start
2013-01-01
Budget End
2013-12-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$11,000
Indirect Cost
Name
Keystone Symposia
Department
Type
DUNS #
079780750
City
Silverthorne
State
CO
Country
United States
Zip Code
80498