Integrated Insect Immunology: From Basic Biology To Environmental Applications

Insect immunology has been a topic of intense research for more than a century. Nowadays, it is investigated at many different levels, from molecular and cell biology to populations and ecology. Advanced knowledge is gained by novel large-scale sequencing techniques as well as methodologies for genome-wide manipulation of gene expression, both in model genetic organisms and in insects, which benefit humans and their environment or which are agricultural pests or vectors of human diseases. This knowledge has recently begun to be exploited toward improving human life. This conference aims to bring together scientists from different fields and methodological disciplines of insect immunology to disseminate and discuss the most recent advances in the study of systemic and mucosal innate immunity, microbe-host interactions, and ecological and evolutionary immunity.
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Invited speakers will include:

Dr. Uptal Banerjee, UCLA, US|Dr. Carolina Barillas-Mury, NIAID, US|Dr. Sara Cherry University of Pennsylvania, US|Dr. Won Jae Lee, Seoul National University, Korea|Dr. Michael Boutros, DKFZ , DE|Dr. George Christophides, Imperial College, UK|Dr. Sylvia Cremer, IST Austria, AT|Dr. Michelle Crozatier, Université Paul Sabatier, FR|Dr. Jean-Michel Drezen, Institut de Recherche sur la biologie de l'insecte, FR|Dr. Dieter Ebert, Universität Basel. CH|Dr. Dominique Ferrandon, IBMC, FR|Dr. Elke Genersch, Institute for Bee Research, DE|Dr. Saskia Hogenhout, John Innes Centre., UK|Dr. William Hughes, The Earth and Biosphere Institute, UK|Dr. Frank Jiggins, University of Cambridge, UK|Dr. Bruno Lemaitre, EPFL, CH|Dr. Elena Levashina, Max-Planck Institut fûr Infektionsbiologie, DE|Dr. Marylène Poirié, UMR Rose 1112, FR|Dr. Maria Carla Saleh, Institut Pasteur, FR|Dr. Paul Schmid-Hempel, ETH Zürich, CH|Dr. Steven Sinkins, University of Oxford, UK|Dr. Will Wood, University of Bath, UK|Dr. Sara Cherry, University of Pennsylvania, PA

23 Sep - 28 Sep 2013
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