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Frontiers of Immunology in Health & Disease,AWAJI, JAPAN

Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, Japan
October 3-6, 2016  

Abstract deadline: August 15, 2016

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Organized by:

Xuetao Cao, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China

Richard Flavell, HHMI/Yale University School of Medicine, USA

Tadatsugu Taniguchi, The University of Tokyo, Japan

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Frontiers of Immunology in Health & Disease which will be held in Awaji, Japan, close to Kobe. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday October 3, and will conclude after lunch on Oct. 6, 2016.

The conference will include six oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in immunology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in Japan are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center
, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. If you would like to reserve the hotel room, please send email to .

Travel Award:
This is the very first CSHA meeting in Japan, with the generous support from Sanofi and to encouraging more interaction between students and speakers , CSHA has decided to provide substantial number of "Sanofi Travel Award" to junior participants. Students from Japan will be eligible for awards of US$100; students from other Asian countries are entitled to be awarded of US$150; students from outside of Asia-Pacific region could receive up to US$200 travel support. Please note that this policy will be offered as "first come, first serve" basis until the fund is exhausted. An abstract is required when apply for the award. Applicants should indicate their interest by sending an e-mail to Dorothy Zhang ( Confirmation of interest will be confirmed by e-mail. We will try to let you know the selection results as soon as possible by email.

Major Topics:
1. Innate immunity
2. Development and maintenance of the immune system
3. Regulation of T/B cell responses
4. Inflammation and diseases
5. Microbiome and immunity
6. Mucosal immunity
7. Metabolism and immunity
8. Cancer immunotherapy: recent progress

Introductory Speech:
Makoto Suematsu, President of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, JAPAN

Keynote Speakers:
Frederick Alt, HHMI/ Harvard Medical School , USA
Abstract title: Recurrently Breaking Genes in Brain Precursor Cells: Are there Any Functional or Disease-relevant Overlaps with those of B cells?
Federica Sallusto, Institute for Research in Biomedicine , SWITZERLAND

Invited Speakers:
Xuetao Cao, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences/The Second Military Medical University, CHINA
Chen Dong, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Richard Flavell, HHMI/Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Mapping the human dendritic cell lineage
Kenya Honda, Keio University / RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, JAPAN
Abstract title: T cell stimulatory bacteria colonizing in the human oral cavity
Akiko Iwasaki, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Antiviral immunity at mucosal surfaces
Shigeo Koyasu, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, JAPAN
Abstract title: Innate lymphoid cells in inflammation
Atsushi Kumanogoh, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, JAPAN
Abstract title: Involvement of semaphorins in pathogenesis of autoimmune, allergy and inflammatory diseases
Tak Mak, Ontario Cancer Institute, CANADA
Abstract title: Beyond Immune Checkpoint Blockade: Emerging Strategies
Michel Sadelain, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Shimon Sakaguchi, Osaka University, JAPAN
Charles Surh, IBS Academy of Immunology and Microbiology, SOUTH KOREA
Tadatsugu Taniguchi, University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science, JAPAN
Abstract title: Regulation of intestinal homeostasis by SP-D and a bacteriophage
Kazuhiko Yamamoto, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN

Abstract title: Regulation of B cell functions and cellular metabolism in autoimmunity

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you in Japan in October, 2016.

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