Conference Summary

Launched in 2003, this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is distinctive for its dedication to the fundamental mechanisms of gene regulation, recombination, differentiation, and function in diverse cell types in the immune system. 

The conference brings together investigators focused on adaptive and innate immune cell biology and working at the molecular, genomic, and systems level. The goal is to illuminate overlapping and contrasting mechanisms to better understand the complex regulatory circuits that control development and function across the spectrum of immune cell types. The conference aims to reveal unexpected synergies between areas of molecular immunology that are traditionally considered distinct. Such discoveries are enhanced by the programs range of presenters: national and international experts with young scientists, including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, in an open atmosphere of scientific exchange.

The main themes of this conference are: 1) To explore how epigenetics and the three dimensional architecture of chromatin controls gene expression and recombination; 2) To discuss molecular and systems level approaches to understanding how gene regulation in immune cells is impacted in disease; 3) To understand the transcriptional regulatory circuits that control immune cell development and function.  

Conference sessions will present the latest research findings and foster engaging discussion on the mechanisms underlying: 

  • Antigen receptor diversification
  • Transcriptional control of innate and adaptive immune cell development
  • Epigenetics and transcription in effector cell differentiation and function
  • Molecular mechanisms controlling the immune response to cancer 
  • Silencing of the immune response

This conference will feature 10 oral sessions that are anchored by three to four invited speakers with a series of shorter talks chosen from abstracts. There will be two poster sessions and two career development workshops, "Getting the Most From the Postdoc Years" and "Transitioning to Independence in Academia and Industry,” followed by two Meet-the-Expert sessions. 

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    Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA239032-01 from the National Cancer Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


    Conference Location

    Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort
    41000 Bob Hope Drive
    Rancho Mirage, California 92270 USA

    Conference Organizers

    Barbara Kee, PhD
    Professor, Department of Pathology, and Member, Committee on Immunology, University of Chicago, IL, USA

    David Schatz, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

    Amy Weinmann, PhD
    Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA