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Call for applications: The impact of the environment on innate immunity: the threat of diseases

This conference, organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Austrian Science Research Fund (FWF) and Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck, is aimed at encouraging the exchange and collaboration between young and early-stage researchers with their senior, more experienced colleagues.

4 May 2009 - 9 May 2009

Lectures by invited speakers will present the latest basic research on the innate system and its application to the treatment and prevention of parasitic and other emerging diseases.

To stimulate interaction, the conference will include both formal and informal (outside the lecture room) activities where participants can discuss their work and make new contacts.

Scope: The conference is the second in a series of two conferences on the impact of the environment on innate immunity. The first conference, held in April 2007 under the subtitle ‘At the defence frontier - the biology of innate immunity’, set the stage for discussing basic knowledge of the innate immune system, one of the most important defence functions of organisms against parasitic diseases.
In May 2009 the follow-up conference will build upon the knowledge gained in the 2007 conference and will have a more applied angle. Its highlights will include:
• vectors of disease – both an introduction to the model organisms, and what the prospects are for immunological interference in these organisms;
• innate defence molecules for use as antibiotics,
• environmental stressors and global change,
• emerging disease and innate immunity,
• strategies against the spread of new diseases.

To encourage and support the attendance of young researchers, a number of grants will be made available to cover their conference and travel costs.

Closing date for applications and abstract submissions: 8 February 2009
For more information (including the conference programme and application form) please visit
Contact person: Ms Anne Blondeel-Oman, Conference officer (