Extracellular vesicles (EVs), which are generated by almost all living cells, are now considered to be an important system of cell–cell communication. A large volume of data has been published on EVs in different fields of biology and medicine, from immunology to marine biology. These data are discussed at large international meetings that gather thousands of researchers.
However, there is still a need for more-focused meetings at which the importance and reliability of the data should be evaluated by a narrow circle of experts. Here, we propose to organize a small conference that will focus on one of the most important aspects of EVs, their role in infectious human diseases. The aim of the proposed conference is to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of this involvement and to evaluate EVs as potential therapeutic targets.
Key Sessions to include:
- Extracellular vesicles generated by human cells: a diverse population of vesicles formed by diverse biogenesis and having diverse composition.
- Extracellular vesicles as mediators of communications between human cells in vitro and in vivo: proved cases vs. unproved hypotheses.
- Extracellular vesicles in retroviral pathogenesis: human retroviruses as close relatives of extracellular vesicles.
- Extracellular vesicles as carriers of viral proteins and infectious viruses.
- Extracellular vesicles in bacterial pathogenesis: effects of bacterial vesicles on human tissues.
- Extracellular vesicles in complicated pregnancies: EVs as mediators of disruption of mother-to-child dialogue in infections.
- Extracellular vesicles as vehicles carrying RNA and soluble factors between cells.
- Isolation and characterization of different vesicles generated by human cells in vivo and in vitro: Is this mission possible?
Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Register an academic at the earlybird rate and bring a student for only $850. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 5,6,7 th March 2020 (on a shared basis for students) and a 24hour all-inclusive food and beverage package for the conference period. Academic registrations must be completed by 10 January 2020. Once registered, please contact Amy Johnson to obtain a special registration link for your student.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Genoveffa Franchini (NIH)
Stephen Gould (Johns Hopkins University)
Andrew Hill (La Trobe University)
Guillaume van Niel (INSERM)
Randy Schekman- The Nobel Prize 2013 (University of California, Berkeley)
Philip Stahl (Washington University in St. Louis)
Yoel Sadovsky (Magee-Womens Research Institute)
Confirmed Invited Speakers
Igor Almeida (University of Texas)
Nihal Altan-Bonnet (NIH)
Shilpa Buch (Nebraska Medical Center)
Michael Bukrinsky (District of Columbia Center)
Hernando Del Portillo (Barcelona Insititute for Global Health)
Dirk Dittmer (UNC Lineberger)
Ramin Hakami (George Mason University)
David Meckes (Florida State University)
Jan Münch (Ulm University)
Ratna Ray (Doisy Research Center)
The specific audience that will attend this conference will consist of the leading experts in extracellular vesicles, post-doctoral fellows, and possibly PhD students who plan to investigate the relevance and involvement of extracellular vesicles in their scientific projects, as well as physicians who have read about extracellular vesicle involvement in human diseases and who want to learn about this topic from the experts. The field of extracellular vesicles is relatively new, and the ideas so far developed are rather simple. Therefore, to understand the field at this stage of its development does not require prior knowledge or skills beyond general university courses in microbiology.
The field of extracellular vesicles has undergone extensive growth over the last several years; it has attracted significant funding and a diverse circle of researchers. As the result, the field benefits from excellent new data but is also held back by less-than-convincing results and unproved hypotheses. A relatively small conference focused on only one aspect of extracellular vesicles, namely their role in human infectious disease, may provide for the scientific community a consensus view of the leading experts on the validity of different data and may develop new lines of research necessary for the progress of basic knowledge of EVs and their potentials in translational medicine.
International Women's Day
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. To mark the day we aim to dedicate the programme to an all-female speaker line up on Sunday 08 March 2020.
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