Phagocytes in Health and Disease
Event Date: December 4, 2018
Deadline to Submit Abstracts: October 19, 2018
Macrophages and dendritic cells are multifunctional cell types present in most vertebrate tissues. Collectively known as mononuclear phagocytes, these cells are best known for their roles in immunity. However, a number of recent studies highlight their importance in a variety of physiological contexts including systemic metabolism, cold adaptation, tissue homeostasis, and development. Consistent with this broad array of essential functions, mononuclear phagocytes are also important contributors to various pathological conditions, including atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, obesity and type 2 diabetes, fibrosis and cancer. The recent discovery of many additional cellular functions and corresponding diseases are starting to transform the view of macrophages and dendritic cells from specialized anti-microbial defenders to a multi-faceted cell type of critical importance in tissue development and homeostasis in complex metazoans.
This symposium will bring together leaders in the fields of immunology, cancer biology and tissue regeneration to highlight emerging roles for phagocytes in health and disease and develop new conceptual frameworks to integrate macrophage and dendritic cell functions with mammalian development, physiology and tissue biology.
To register for this event, please visit the main website at: www.nyas.org/phagocytes2018