Oxford-Berlin School on Molecular Basis of Inflammatory Diseases
June 9-10, 2022 - Registration is closed!
About the School
The OX-BER School on Molecular Basis of Inflammatory Diseases was recently established in the framework of a collaboration between the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (KIR), Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) and the Rheumatology Departments at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum Berlin (DRFZ), a Leibniz Institute.
The aim of this school is to bring together graduate students and clinician scientists from across the globe, with faculty of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and DRFZ in a structured programme providing advanced training in the molecular mechanisms and pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory disease.
Inflammation is central to a diverse range of human diseases, including inflammatory and osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The common pathways which drive inflammation in disease remain incompletely understood, and an area of great research interest. The key aim of the school is to bring together researchers interested in inflammation biology across the spectrum of disease, and to provide a mix of education with exciting and novel science. The course is designed to be highly interactive, with many opportunities for participants and faculty to mix and discuss their work, including during poster sessions. Theoretical training will be provided on the latest cutting edge technologies used to study inflammation, including single cell genomics, in vivo imaging, and mass cytometry during technical workshops.
The faculty is comprised of world class researchers from the University of Oxford, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, DRFZ, and Karolinska Institute.
|Time||Thursday 09.06.2022||Friday 10.06.2022|
|08:30-09:00||Chiara Romagnani |
Clonal expansion and epigenetic inheritance of long-lasting NK cell memory
|Mike Dustin (OX)
The immunological synapse in defence against cancer and infection
|09:00-09:30||Andreas Diefenbach |
Group 3 innate lymphoid cells instruct cryptopatch-associated dendritic cells establishing a checkpoint for metabolic homeostasis
|Audrey Gerard (OX)
T cell dynamics and differentiation
Innate Immune-mediated Organ Damage in SLE
T cell adaptation
|10:30-11:00||Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic (OX) |
Epigenetic regulation: from genome-wide signatures to local regulators and their targeted modification
|11:30-12:00||Britta Siegmund |
Fat tissue in inflammatory bowel disease
|Alexander Clarke (OX)
Immunometabolism in inflammatory disease
Pathogenic Immunological Memory in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
Paradigm changes in SLE
|12:30-13:00||Gerd Burmester |
Current and future challenges in RA
|Irina Udalova (OX) Neutrophils in inflammatory diseases|
|14:00-14.30||Keynote lecture |
Fiona Powrie (OX)
Host microbe interactions in the intestine
Dynamics of plasma cells and their tissue niches
|14:30-15:00||Tal Aron (OX)
Immune cell niches
|15:00-15:30||Jethro Johnson (OX) |
Identifying a gut microbiome contribution to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Autophagy in inflammatory responses
|15:30-16:00||Luke Jostins-Dean (OX) |
Genetic architecture of inflammatory bowel disease
|Lynn Dustin (OX) Persistent infection and chronic inflammation|
|16:30-17:15||Stephen Sansom |
& Mir-Farzin Mashreghi
Spatial transcriptomic characterization of COVID-19 pneumonitis identifies immune circuits related to tissue injury & Next generation sequencing
Mass cytometry and imaging mass cytometry
|17:15-18:00||Anja Hauser, Ralcua Niesner|
Intravital microscopy and imaging
|Hyun-Dong Chang & Toralf Kaiser
|18:00-18:45||Mark Coles Computational Immunology and mathematical modelling||Marco Fritzsche (OX)
Quantifying the mechanobiology of T-cell activation with advanced microscopy technologies
|18:45-20:30||Poster sessions by participants and Dinner||Poster sessions by participants and Dinner|
List of speakers
Tal Aron (OX)
Mark Coles (OX)
Alexander Clarke (OX)
Lynn Dustin (OX)
Mike Dustin (OX)
Marco Fritzsche (OX)
Audrey Gérard (OX)
Jethro Johnson (OX)
Luke Jostins (OX)
Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic (OX)
Fiona Powrie (OX)
Stephen Sansom (OX)
Irina Udalova (OX)
We welcome applications from Master students, Ph.D. students, MD students, and junior clinician-scientists with an interest in rheumatic or chronic inflammatory diseases.
All participants will be able to directly interact and discuss science with the speakers during breaks and poster sessions. Each participant can present a poster.
The two days will start at 8.00 a.m. and end around 8.00 p.m. after the poster session. On Thursday evening, the poster session will be followed by a “get together”.
Application and registration
please submit your application including:
- a research abstract (140 words max.)
- OR a motivation letter explaining why you would like to attend the meeting (1 page max.)
- and your CV (pdf file upload)
Due to limited space, the number of participants is restricted to 60. Selection criteria are quality of the submitted abstract, motivation, and academic achievements.
Up to three poster prizes will be awarded to the best three poster presentations.
The registration fee is 50 Euros. This includes drinks, lunch and dinner and the opportunity to present a poster. Printing costs cannot be covered.
The event is supported by a grant from the OX/BER-BIH Joint Seed Funding as well as the Leibniz ScienceCampus Berlin for Chronic Inflammation and the Charité Stiftung.
If you are also interested in joining us as a sponsor for our current school please contact Ms. Jacqueline Hirscher as soon as possible. Thank you!
The organising committee
This will be a face-to-face meeting and will be organised according to local regulations in Berlin. All attendees will be required to be either fully vaccinated or recovered and received a booster vaccination. To be able to interact freely and feel safe, we will provide corona rapid tests to the attendees to get tested daily.