International Graduate Student Immunology Congress

The IGSIC is a conference exclusively organized for PhD students to foster international interaction of future generations of immunologists. Scientific progress strongly depends on networking and collaboration of research groups working in the same field. Making PhD students in immunology from all around the world come together provides this tool.

The aim of the conference is thus future oriented. Many conferences exist allowing PhD students to interact with the scientific world. However a PhD student’s conference provides several important possibilities that up to now do not exist. The special atmosphere of the conference itself gives the opportunity to intensively interact on a personal and scientific level, to exchange methods, ideas and set up intradisciplinary collaborations. An important effect of this atmosphere is the training of a crucial ability for every scientist – presenting his own data in front of a big audience.

For the scientific development of the PhD students attending and to enhance the scientific impact of the conference, inspiring persons in the field of immunology will be present. They will give a keynote seminar and participate at a round table that will be held on the first day of the conference.
After the successful inaugural meeting in Harvard at the Harvard Medical School in April 2012 the 2nd conference will be held in Marseille at the Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), itself one of the leading institutions in immunology.

Taking advantage of the hosting by the CIML, the attending students will have the possibility to get in touch with the local research and the opportunity to get in contact with PIs. Individual meetings between PIs and students will be set up aiming future Post Doc possibilities at the CIML, giving international students the possibility to do research at a high level institute.
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Elizabeth Murchison PhD

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Kings College, Cambridge, UK

Elizabeth Murchison works as Junior Research Fellow at the Kings College. For her work about clonally transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils, she was honored with several awards. Via genomic techniques, she tries to understand origin, evolution and dynamics of these diseases. The topic of transmissible cancers revoked the paradigm of the distinct development of cancer in each separate being and raises many questions about the concept of our immune systems.

Paul Anderson PhD

Division of Rheumatology at the Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Women Hospital, Boston, USA

Paul Anderson is the head of a research group at the Harvard Medical School, which the principal goal is to study the regulation of production of pro-inflammatory proteins and autoimmunity induced by stress.

Marc Bajenoff PhD

Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, Marseille, France

Marc Bajenoff is mainly interested in the role of stromal cells upon regulation of the immune system. The originality of his work comes from the fact that he uses intravital imaging to address new questions of immunology. His dynamics and the results of his work warrant him as young group leader at the CIML and as keynote speaker at the IGSIC 2013.

Thomas Lecuit PhD

Developmental Biology Institute of Marseilles-Luminy, Marseille, France

Thomas Lecuit, laureate of the Early Career Award - rewarding the most promising young investigators - is director of a research team in Marseille-Luminy. His work on drosophila brought him international recognition. Being a forerunner in interdisciplinary exchanges and being involved in educational matters, he will share his vision of science and talk about the necessity to go new ways in science.

Jonathan Ewbank PhD

Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, Marseille, France

Jonathan Ewbank is director of a research team studying the immune system of Caenorhabditis elegans. He is considered as one of the leading experts on this model by the scientific community. On occasion of the IGSIC, he will present a seminar on the impact of negative results in science, an issue recurrent to each researcher and hot topic during PhD training.

29 Aug - 31 Aug 2013
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