+ A Nobel Symposium on Innate Immunity, UPDATE - videos now available online
A Symposium on the Evolution of Common Molecular Pathways Underlying Innate Immunity. Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 1-5pm. UC Davis Conference Center
In recent years a remarkable evolutionary conservation of innate immune mechanisms has become apparent between flies, plants, mice, and humans. Each of these species uses similar receptors to detect microbes. Therapeutic targeting of toll-like receptors for infectious and inflammatory diseases, and cancer and crop engineering of these receptors for resistance to infection is now a reality.
Speakers of this symposium will include talks by Nobel Laureates and pioneer investigators who discovered these receptors: in plants, Dr. Pamela Ronald, UC Davis; in Drosophila, Dr. Jules Hoffmann, University of Strasbourg; and in mice, Dr. Bruce Beutler, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The role of these receptors in driving inflammatory diseases of humans will be summarized by Dr. Luke O’Neill, Trinity College, Dublin.