Antibodies and complement : B cells, antibodies, complement functions & therapeutics

May 26-30, 2025 | Catania, Sicily, ITALY

About the meeting

The antibody response and the complement system are major effector arms of the immune system. They contribute to destruction of infectious invaders and unhealthy cells. Upon Fab binding, the antibody’s Fc region induces target cell clearance by recruiting proteins of the human complement system, which trigger a sequence of reactions that results in effective phagocytosis and direct target cell lysis.Next to their beneficial role in host defenses, antibodies and complement are also involved in a plethora of pathological conditions, including autoimmunity, allergy, infections and cancer.As the portfolio of antibody—and complement-effector function grow, high-end technological solutions are developed and novel therapeutic applications are proposed.

   This 4th conference on Antibodies & Complement will focus attention on key advances in both fields with the aim at fostering discussions between antibody experts and complement experts. This edition will expand to antibody-producing cell (B & plasma cell) generation and vaccine development.This is the only meeting combining antibody and complement research.Some of the critical topics to be covered include:

   *GERMINAL CENTERS, B CELL AND ANTIBODY DEVELOPMENT

   *COMPLEMENT MEDIATED RESPONSES AND DRUGS

   *ANTIBODY INDUCED COMPLEMENT ACTIVITY

   *NOVEL THERAPEUTICS IN THE CLINIC

   *VACCINES & DELIVERY SYSTEMS

 

Image credits: Joost Bakker (Scicomvisuals, Amsterdam) and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24626930

Speakers

Michel Nussenzweig

The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA

Carola Vinuesa

The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

Suzan Rooijakkers

UMC, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Jose Villadangos

University of Melbourne, Australia

Facundo Batista

Ragon Institute, MIT, USA

Ziv Shulman

Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel

Hugo Mouquet

Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Alex Sigal

African Health Research Institute, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Laura Walker

Moderna, Lebanon, NH, USA

Thomas Sharp

Leiden university medical center, The Netherlands

Rick Kapur

Sanquin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wioleta Zelek

Cardiff University, UK

Anna Blom

Lund University, Sweden

Edward F. Patz

Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

John D. Lambris

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rony Dahan

Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel

Brian Hie

Stanford, CA, USA

Lubka Roumenina

Cordeliers Research Center, Paris, France

Qiao Wang

Leendert Trouw

Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, NL

Program (uploaded soon)

Registration (will open Fall 2024)

STUDENT / POST-DOC / ENGINEER

700€



ACADEMIC

1000€



INDUSTRY

1300€

Registration includes:
    • Registration to the conference (all oral presentations, poster session & discussions)
    • Housing for 4 nights at the 4* hotel venue (May 26-30, 2024):
      • single occupancy for academic & industry registrants
      • double (shared) occupancy for student/post-doc/engineer registrants
    • Full board: all meals & coffee breaks from the first session to the breakfast on departure day, refreshments during poster sessions
  • Note: Guest registration (partner/husband/spouse) is possible at €400 and includes shared accommodation with the primary registrant, food and coffee breaks, but does not include participation in the workshop program nor does it allow access to the sessions. For participants traveling with <18 year old children or infants, please contact the organizers for financial arrangements and access to sessions.
 
 

SELECTION CRITERIA (Poster/short-talk)

Abstracts for poster presentations are reviewed and selected by the organizers based solely on the quality of scientific content. All abstracts are assigned a poster number for presentation during the poster session at the meeting.

≥18 short-talks will be chosen from the selected abstracts by session chairs for oral presentations.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES

Exclude email addresses, phone numbers, hyperlinks, keyword lists, comments, text or image boxes.

Maximum 2200 characters including spaces. Also includes title, authors, affiliations, references and funding.

One abstract per submitting author per meeting. Submitting author and account name must match. Submitting author must be underlined.

POSTER SPECIFICATIONS

Each poster will have 1 m by 1 m (3.3 ft by 3.3 ft) of space available for display.

TRAVEL GRANTS / PRIZES

We expect to grant up to 20 travel grants or prizes to registered students/post-docs following a selection by the organizers based on the submitted abstract. These travel grants / prizes will be announced during the meeting, and distributed on site or after the meeting.

ONLINE PAYMENTS

The organizers have enabled online credit card payments and PayPal. Please see the Payments section, above, for details.

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Organizers

Natalia Freund

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Main contact:  email

Lubka Roumenina

Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, Paris, France

e-mail

Thom Sharp

Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

e-mail

Venue

Sheraton Catania

Four Points by Sheraton Catania Hotel & Conference Center

 

Via Antonello da Messina 45, Aci Castello, Catane, Italy, 95021

 

Phone : +39 095-7114111

 

ACCOMMODATION

Students/post-docs registration: 2 person room sharing

Academic/Industry registration: single room

TRANSPORT

The venue is located only 13km form the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, and 7km form the Catania train station.

Travelling by train is possible from the Messina train station (2h).

Transportation from the Catania Airport or Train station might be arranged if attendance to the meeting is sufficiently high (buses would be departing from the airport and/or train station at times will we indicate closer to the meeting dates). We ask the confirmed participants to inform our secretary about their arrival airport and time.

ABOUT THE AREA

The Sheraton Hotel is located close to the Catania city center. The clear Mediterranean sea surrounds the the area. The Etna volcano is 1 hour North by bus/car and will be proposed as an excursion during the conference.

 

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