Monocyte/macrophage / DC – tissue interactions; Mini-Symposium and Masterclasses

Course date: 20 December 2018 - 21 December 2018
Location: Querido Room and Ae 4.06

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MoMaDC platform Mini-Symposium (day 1) & Masterclasses (day 2)

Organizers:  Yvonne Bastiaansen, Pieter Leenen

Participation in both days is free.

Minisymposium "Monocyte/ macrophage / DC – tissue interactions"

Thursday 20 December 2018, 13.00 h, Querido Room

As a follow-up to last year's mini-symposium on monocyte heterogeneity, we would like to invite you to this mini-symposium focusing on MoMaDC – tissue interactions.

Macrophage and DC populations occur in essentially all tissues, in which these cells perform critical functions in maintaining homeostasis. These functions include but also reach far beyond host defense. Recent insights have shown that mononuclear phagocytes in different organs have different ontogenetic origins. However, the system is highly flexible as circulating bone marrow-derived monocytes may occupy empty niches and assume tissue-specific phenotypic and functional features, imposed by interactions with target tissues.

In this mini-symposium, we aim to reach investigators, including PhD and MSc students, from different departments at Erasmus MC, who are interested in learning and discussing the state-of-the-art in MoMaDC – tissue interactions. Opinion leaders in the field have been invited to share their latest insights with us.

Related to this mini-symposium there will be a possibility for young investigators (PhD students, early-career postdocs and MSc students) to join a masterclass on Friday morning December 21st.

Program Mini-symposium

13.00     Registration, coffee / tea

13.25     Opening –  Yvonne Bastiaansen, Pieter Leenen

13.30     Charlotte Scott  - Center for Inflammation Research, VIB-UGent, Belgium:

Resident vs recruited hepatic macrophages in health and disease

14.10     Jeffrey Pollard  -  MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK:

Macrophages - Bad actors in Cancer

14.50     Mirjam Kool  - Dept. Pulmonary Medicine, Erasmus MC

15.20     Coffee / tea break

15.40     Niamh Fahy  - Dept. Orthopaedics, Erasmus MC

16.10     Anthal Smits  - Dept. Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University

16.40     Tjakko van Ham  - Dept. Clinical Genetics, Erasmus MC

17.10     Drinks


Masterclass "Monocyte / macrophage / DC – tissue interactions"

Friday 21 December 2018, 9.00 – 13.00, Ae-406

A masterclass will be held in conjunction with the mini-symposium on monocyte / macrophage / DC – tissue interactions. This masterclass will provide a unique opportunity for young investigators of the MolMed research school to pitch their work, and discuss it with opinion leaders in the field. Dr. Charlotte Scott, Dr. Mirjam Kool, Prof. Jeffrey Pollard, and Prof. Hemmo Drexhage will moderate discussion sessions. There are 2 sessions, one from 9.00-10.30 and one from 11.00-12.30; lunch at 12.30.

The masterclasses are open to PhD students, early-career postdocs and MSc students, who are encouraged to apply for a slot at one of the discussion tables. The format will be that you will present (part of) your work in a 5-minute pitch in a group of maximally 6 people, and solicit and discuss suggestions, comments, etc. The topic of your pitch should fit in the context of the MolMed research school, but does not necessarily need to be restricted to the field of expertise of the moderator. Both experimental results obtained in ongoing research projects as well as mature or immature research proposals can be brought for discussion. Motto of the class is: ”Pick those brains

Based on the number and nature of applications, the organizers will seek to adjust the composition of the discussion tables to optimize interactions.

You can apply by filling in the free text field of this electronic form. Please indicate:

·        Topic title and nature of topic ( experimental data, research proposal or both)

·        Moderator preference (in preference order:  1-2-3-4):

  • Dr. Charlotte Scott
  • Dr. Mirjam Kool               
  • Prof. Jeffrey Pollard
  • Prof. Hemmo Drexhage
  • Or ‘no preference'

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