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CIIID Fall Quarter Seminar: Michael Gantier, Ph.D.

Event Date: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 10:00am

PresenterMichael P. Gantier, Ph.D., ARC Future Fellow and Group Leader, Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases, Hudson Institute of Medical Research (Australia)

Talk Title"When nucleic acids sensing turns toxic: novel strategies to control auto-inflammation"

"Our laboratory recently discovered that mild DNA damage originating from DNA intercalation or gene recombination could lead to the leakage of nuclear DNA into the cytoplasm, resulting in the activation of the immune sensor cGAS and downstream production of pro-inflammatory cytokine such as type-I interferons (Pepin et al., Nucleic Acids Research, 2016 and 2017; Pepin et al. mBio 2017). Independent studies validated our findings and are collectively showing that cGAS sensing of leaked cytosolic DNA acts as a critical checkpoint of genomic integrity, and stops cell proliferation of damaged cells to maintain tissue homeostasis. Here I will present some of our latest research investigating how cGAS engagement in damaged cells modulates tissue homeostasis and inflammation, and why this could present novel therapeutic opportunities in auto-inflammatory diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). I will also introduce our on-going studies on the rational design of next generation immuno-modulatory oligonucleotides and define why such molecules present exciting potential for the modulation of toxic nucleic acids sensing, for instance seen in SLE."

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Keystone Symposia: Innate Immune Receptors: Roles in Immunology and Beyond

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 12:30pm

Keystone Symposia in Taiwan
Innate Immune Receptors:  Roles in Immunology and Beyond

Taipei, Taiwan | March 10–14, 2019
Humanities/Social Sciences Building of Academia Sinica

Scientific Organizers:
Jenny P.Y. Ting, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Shie-Liang Edmond Hsieh, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Fu-Tong Liu, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Michael Gale, Jr., University of Washington, USA
Siamon Gordon, University of Oxford, UK

Organized in collaboration with Academia Sinica
The importance of innate immune receptors was first appreciated in infectious diseases and autoinflammatory disorders. However, it is now clear that their roles extend beyond innate immunology. The crucial roles of these receptors in many clinically relevant fields and their newly documented role in non-immune cells underscore their importance in biologic processes and diseases such as cancer cell death and signaling, DNA damage, stress response, stem cell proliferation/differentiation, vaccine adjuvanticity, age-related dementia, metabolic disorders and microbiome balance. This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of investigators to explore the broad and important role of innate immune receptors.

Plenary Session Topics:
• Innate Immune Receptors and Nucleic Acid Sensing
• Innate Immune Receptors in Cell Death and Proliferation
• Innate Immune Receptors and Diseases
• Innate Immunity and Therapeutics
• Innate Immune Receptors in Viral Infection
• Innate Immunity in Bacterial Infection
• Innate Immunity and Diseases
• Innate Immune Receptors and the Microbiome

Scholarship/Discounted Abstract Deadlne: Nov 13, 2018; Abstract Deadline (for short talks): Dec 11, 2018;
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 17, 2019
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Past Events

Special CIIID Seminars

May 14, 2018 - 10:00am

UW Medicine at South Lake Union

Brotman Auditorium


March 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

South Lake Union, E Building

Room E-130A&B

Lecture presented by Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf on Zika work

Special CIIID Seminars

March 8, 2018 - 1:00pm

UW Medicine at South Lake Union

Brotman Auditorium

TALK TITLE: "Machine Learning for Life Sciences - Understanding viral pathogenesis and vaccine prote

CIIID Quarterly Seminar (Summer)

August 1, 2017 - 10:00am

Brotman Auditorium

Invited SpeakerAleem Siddiqui, Professor, Department of Medicine, University

CIIID Quartertly Seminar (Spring)

May 2, 2017 - 10:00am

Invited Speaker:  Klaus Schughart, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Dept.

CIIID Quarterly Seminar (Winter)

January 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Brotman Auditorium, South Lake Union
850 Republican St., Seattle, WA 98109

CIIID Special Seminar

December 6, 2016 - 10:00am

Brotman Auditorium, South Lake Union
850 Republican St., Seattle, WA 98109

Visiting Speaker:  Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, Ph.D.,  

CIIID Quarterly Seminar (Fall)

October 25, 2016 - 10:00am

Brotman Auditorium, South Lake Union
850 Republican St., Seattle, WA 98109

The Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease (CIIID) is hosting its Fall Quarterly seminar featuring Sam Miller, M.D. on Tuesday, Oct.

CIIID Quarterly Seminar (Summer)

August 22, 2016 - 10:00am

Brotman Auditorium, South Lake Union
850 Republican St., Seattle, WA 98109

Visiting Speaker: Nan Shen M.D., Ph.D., Professor

Inaugural CIIID Symposium: Innate Immunity in Health and Disease

July 18, 2016 - 8:00am

Orin Smith and Brotman Auditoriums

**A detailed Agenda Schedule can be found here