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Skin Health and Disease: Immune, Epithelial and Microbiome Crosstalk (D4)


Organizer(s) Michel Gilliet, Emma Guttman, Anthony Oro and Manolis Pasparakis
April 8—11, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace • Hannover, Germany
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Dec 12, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Jan 10, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 10, 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: Feb 7, 2019

Organized in collaboration with Volkswagen Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
The skin is the largest human organ and the primary interface between the body and the environment. It provides the first line of defense against invading pathogens and trauma via its physical barrier properties but also via active defense mechanisms orchestrated by a coordinated interplay between epithelial and immune cells. Recently, the skin microbiota has emerged as an important third player that critically influences skin homeostasis and inflammation by interacting with epithelial and immune cells. This conference highlights these reciprocal interactions and describes their impact on skin physiology and pathophysiology. A central focus is to discuss how the composition of the skin microbiota regulates homeostasis and determines susceptibility to inflammatory, allergic and neoplastic diseases of the skin and other epithelial tissues. Emerging concepts regarding the mechanisms influencing the epithelial-immune-microbiota crosstalk and opportunities for therapeutic interventions will be discussed. The conference provides a unique setting for in-depth, cross-disciplinary discussions between basic skin scientists and biologists studying immune responses in other barrier organs, as well as dermatologists, cancer biologists, immunologists and many researchers from disparate fields who normally do not have opportunities to meet. This conference will also foster interaction with potential industry partners, who increasingly see the skin as a major focus for gaining insights into immune mechanisms and for development of targeted therapies for patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, allergic diseases and cancer. Finally, the conference will promote the scientific and professional development of all attendees, with a special emphasis on trainees and early-career scientists.

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Scholarships/Awards

NIAMS - 1R13AR075401-01 Scholarship Recipients

Alexa R. Abdelaziz
Columbia University Medical Center, USA

Amy Campbell
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Tom Hayday
King's College London, UK

Nastassia Knödlseder
University Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Karmella Naidoo
Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, New Zealand

Niki Ubags
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

David Isaac Weiss
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Katharine Lu Yang
New York University Langone Health, USA

Volkswagen Stiftung Recipients
Funded by Volkswagen Stiftung

Valéria Bumiller-Bini
Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Ademola Olusegun Enitan
Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Nigeria

Daniel Gonzalez Maglio
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eliaichi Romina Minja
Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania

Emuesiri Goodies Moke
Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria

Lamech Malagho Mwapagha
Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

Sonam Nain
CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India