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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Report

The meeting was chaired by Ziad Mallat (Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK) and Christoph Binder (Professor of Atherosclerosis Research, Medical University of Vienna, Austria).

Faculty included 3 plenary speakers: Joseph Witztum (UCSD, San Diego), Peter Libby (Harvard Medical School), Goran Hansson (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm), and 22 speakers (including the Chair and Co-Chair): Ajay Chawla (UCSF, San Francisco), Andreas Habenicht (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich), Caetano Reis e Sousa (Francis Crick Institute, London), Cecile Benezech (University of Edinburgh), Christopher Glass (UCSD, San Diego), Claudia Kemper (King’s College, London), Edward A. Fisher (NYU School of Medicine), Eicke Latz (University of Bonn), Filip Swirski (Harvard Medical School), Gary Owens (University of Virginia), Guo-Ping Shi (Harvard University), Hanjoong Jo (Emory University), Ira Tabas (Columbia University, New York), Kathryn J Moore (New York University Medical Centre), Laurent Yvan-Charvet (Inserm, Nice), Manolis Pasparakis (University of Cologne), Mark Febbraio (Garvan Institute for Medical Research, Sydney), Matthew Spite (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School), Michael Sieweke (Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille Luminy), and Venizelos Papayannopoulos (Francis Crick Institute, London)

The meeting was unique in assembling world-leading experts from diverse disciplines, within and outside the field of atherosclerosis. The meeting highlighted several exciting areas at the interface of immunity and metabolism in the context of atherosclerosis: 1) Vascular Cell Activation and Dysfunction, 2) Monocytes/macrophages and lipid handling in health and disease, 3) Innate immunity, NETosis, necroptosis, inflammasome, 4) T and B Cell Immune Responses in atherosclerosis, 5) Adipose Tissue Inflammation, Microbiome and Atherosclerosis, 6) Immunometabolism, and 7) Resolution of Inflammation and Immuno-metabolic therapies.

Attendees listened to and interacted with the finest minds in those fields of research, which led to fruitful discussions and interrogation of new ideas and concepts between established and young investigators and trainees, and cross-fertilization among scientists from a variety of backgrounds.

All speakers and attendees were very pleased with the high quality of the science and the professional organisation led by Fusion Conferences, and we received a lot of positive feedback:

“Dear Ziad and Christoph,

I wanted to express my deep appreciation for the invitation to present our work in the Fusion Conference in Cancun.  It was one of the best meetings that I attended and I learned a lot, especially immunology and metabolism in atherosclerosis. I got a few really interesting ideas that I am going to test in my lab very soon.  The venue was fantastic and highly conducive to making new connections to the leaders in the field”.

“Dear Ziad and Christoph,

Just a note to thank you for the truly outstanding meeting.  You really did a marvellous job in bringing together many experts in our field, but also experts in novel areas that were most revealing. I know how difficult it is to put together such meetings and I know how hard you worked on this…”

We hope that this meeting will become a significant series of symposia within the atherosclerosis community.

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Synopsis

Atherosclerosis and its complications remain the major cause of death in the industrialized world and emerging economies worldwide. The disease is initiated after retention of cholesterol-rich lipoproteins within the arterial wall at sites characterized by low shear stress. Modification of retained lipoproteins and activation of endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells trigger an inflammatory response and provoke a series of cellular events involving complex interactions between vascular cells,  innate immune cells (e.g., neutrophils, monocytes/macrophages, dendritic cells, mast cells, B1 B lymphocytes, innate lymphoid cells) and cells involved in adaptive immunity to atherosclerosis-related antigens (e.g., Th1, Tregs, B2 lymphocytes). Depending on the balance between pro-inflammatory responses and resolution promoting pathways, lesion development is either delayed or accelerated towards the formation of advanced and complex plaques characterized by chronic unresolved inflammation, extensive matrix remodelling and formation of large thrombogenic necrotic cores. Defective repair and weakening of the protective fibrous cap ultimately leads to plaque disruption, which triggers acute thrombosis and vascular occlusion.  The whole process of atherogenesis is also to put in the context of significant systemic disturbances, particularly metabolic dysfunction, in which adipose tissue inflammation plays a determinant role.

The goal of this meeting is to provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of current research on atherosclerosis with a focus on the latest and most exciting developments in the immuno-metabolic mechanisms that govern disease initiation and progression. There is little doubt that the next most exciting therapy to combat cardiovascular disease will be based on targeting a biological pathway that will have been discussed during this conference.

Seven sessions are planned and will highlight the following major research areas: vascular cell activation, monocyte/macrophage identity and activation by lipoproteins, microRNAs and immuno-metabolism, innate immune mechanisms involving inflammasome activation, NETosis, necroptosis and their interplay with the cell metabolic environment, pro- and anti-atherogenic mechanisms operated by selective subsets of T and B lymphocytes, adipose tissue inflammation, microbiome and immunometabolism. We will also review the pathways that govern inflammation resolution, their regulation by bioactive lipids, and how they can be harnessed to develop new therapeutic strategies to combat the disease. Finally, we will discuss existing and validated targets that are now in late-phase clinical trials.

This conference will bring together a restricted but high-level group of scientists from different disciplines and participants from all career levels enabling thorough discussions of the latest research between established and young investigators and trainees, and cross-fertilization among scientists from a variety of backgrounds.

Ziad Mallat (Chair) and Christoph Binder (Co-Chair) look forward to welcoming you to the Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun, Mexico from March 11-14, 2017.

Key Sessions

  1. Vascular Cell Activation and Dysfunction
  2. Arterial monocytes/macrophages in health and disease
  3. Innate immunity, NETosis, necroptosis, inflammasome
  4. T Cell Immune Responses
  5. B Cell Immune Responses
  6. Adipose Tissue Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, Atherosclerosis
  7. Resolution of Inflammation, Immunotherapies

Target Audience

We encourage young scientists/clinicians to attend and expect broad representation from various disciplines. The conference will especially appeal to scientists, scientists/clinicians in academia, biotech and pharmaceutical companies with interest in Cardiovascular Medicine/Biology, Immunology, Metabolic Diseases, Immuno-Metabolism, Molecular/Cellular Biology and Epigenetics. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the meeting, the participants should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss the most recent research advances in our understanding of the origin and fate of innate and adaptive immune cells (macrophages, lymphocytes and innate lymphoid cells), and their critical functions in atherosclerosis
  2. Describe and discuss the basic molecular mechanisms that integrate cellular metabolism and the immune response in the context of obesity, metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis
  3. Describe and discuss novel research on the various forms of cell death, and their pathophysiologic and therapeutic implications
  4. Discuss novel evidence-based opportunities to prevent and treat the immuno-metabolic disturbances of atherosclerosis

Plenary Speakers

Joseph Witztum (UCSD, San Diego)

Peter Libby (Harvard Medical School)
INFLAMMATION IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS: A TRANSLATIONAL TALE

Goran Hansson (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm)

Invited Speakers

Ajay Chawla (UCSF, San Francisco)
INNATE IMMUNE LICENSING OF THERMOGENESIS

Chris Glass (UCSD, San Diego)
REGULATION OF GENE EXPRESSION AND LIPID METABOLISM BY THE LXR/SREBP AXIS IN MACROPHAGES

Eicke Latz (University of Bonn)

Venizelos Papayannopoulos (Francis Crick Institute, London)
NEUTROPHIL EXTRACELLULAR TRAP SIGNALING IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Manolis Pasparakis (University of Cologne)
NF-KB AND CELL DEATH SIGNALLING IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Caetano Reis e Sousa (Francis Crick Institute, London)
ACTIN EXPOSURE IN STERILE INFLAMMATION

Christian Weber (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich)

Ira Tabas (Columbia University, New York)
DEFECTIVE INFLAMMATION RESOLUTION IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS: MECHANISMS AND THERAPEUTIC OPPORTUNITIES

Laurent Yvan-Charvet (Inserm, Nice)
ALTERED HAEMATOMETABOLISM, INFLAMMATION AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Edward A. Fisher (NYU School of Medicine)
THE MANY GUISES OF MACROPHAGES IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS PROGRESSION AND REGRESSION

Clint S. Robbins (University of Toronto)

Guo-Ping Shi (Harvard University)
THE MANY GUISES OF MACROPHAGES IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS PROGRESSION AND REGRESSION

Hanjoong Jo (Emory University)
Flow sensitive genes in endothelial inflammation and atherosclerosis – OMICs approaches

Mark Febbraio (Garvan Institute for Medical Research, Sydney)
THE CHAMELEON ROLE OF TLR4 IN LIPID INDUCED MACROPHAGE INFLAMMATION

Filip Swirski (Harvard Medical School)
IMMUNE CELL CROSSTALK IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Andreas Habenicht (Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich)
ARTERY TERTIARY LYMPHOID ORGANS: POWERHOUSES OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS IMMUNITY

Gwen Randolph (Washington University in St. Louis)
HDL TRANSIT THROUGH THE INTERSTITIUM AND ITS LINK TO IMMUNOLOGICAL MECHANISMS IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Cecile Benezech (University of Edinburgh)
ROLE OF FAT-ASSOCIATED LYMPHOID CLUSTERS IN INFLAMMATION

Gary Owens (University of Virginia)
IL1b PROMOTES ATHEROPROTECTIVE CHANGES IN LATE STAGE ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESIONS

Kathryn J Moore (New York University Medical Center)
REGULATION OF MACROPHAGE IMMUNOMETABOLISM IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Claudia Kemper (King’s College, London)
COMPLEMENT-MEDIATED METABOLIC REPROGRAMMING REGULATES HUMAN TH1 RESPONSES

Matthew Spite (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School)
INFLAMMATION-RESOLVING LIPID MEDIATORS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Michael Sieweke (Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille Luminy)
SELF RENEWAL MECHANISMS OF DIFFERENTIATED MACROPHAGES

 

 

 

 

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Peter Libby

Cardiovascular Specialist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Goran Hansson

Professor, Karolinska Institute

Joseph Witztum

Prof of Medicine, UCSD

Invited Speakers

Caetano Reis e Sousa

Laboratory Head, The Francis Crick

Edward Fisher

Leon Charney Professor of Cardioascular Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

Hanjoong Jo

Associate Chair, Emory University/GA Tech

Gary Owens

Professor, University of Virginia

Kathryn Moore

Professor, New York University

Matthew Spite

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ajay Chawla

Professor, University of California San Francisco

Guo-Ping Shi

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Cecile Benezech

Chancellor Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Christian Weber

Director, Kreislaufinstitut (University of Munich)

Filip Swirski

Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Clint Robbins

Peter Munk Chair in Aortic Disease Research, University Health Network

Claudia Kemper

Tenured Investigator, Section Chief, National Institutes of Health, NHLBI

Venizelos Papayannopoulos

Group leader, The Francis Crick Institute

Gwendalyn Randolph

Professor of Pathology, Washington University

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Programme

SATURDAY 11TH MARCH 2017

14:00 – 14:45

Registration & Reception

14:00 – 14:45

Group Welcome Lunch

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

14:45 – 15:00

Opening Comments

15:00 – 15:45

Joseph Witzum
UCSD, San Diego

 

VASCULAR CELL ACTIVATION AND DYSFUNCTION
Session Chair: Peter Libby

15:45 – 16:15

Hanjoong Jo
Emory University/GA Tech

FLOW SENSITIVE GENES IN ENDOTHELIAL INFLAMMATION AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS – OMICS APPROACHES

16:15 – 16:45

Gary Owens
University of Virginia

IL1b PROMOTES ATHEROPROTECTIVE CHANGES IN LATE STAGE ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESIONS

16:45 – 17:00

Johannes Schmid
Medical Univ. of Vienna

ENDOTHELIAL I-kappa B KINASE 2 IN ATHEROSCLEROS

17:00 – 17:30

Refreshments

ARTERIAL MONOCYTES/MACROPHAGES IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
Session Chair: Joseph Witztum

17:30 – 18:00

Christopher Glass
UCSD

REGULATION OF GENE EXPRESSION AND LIPID METABOLISM BY THE LXR/SREBP AXIS IN MACROPHAGES

18:00 – 18:30

Kathryn Moore
New York University

REGULATION OF MACROPHAGE IMMUNOMETABOLISM IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

18:30 – 19:00

Michael Sieweke
Centre dImmunologie de Marseille-Luminy

SELF RENEWAL MECHANISMS OF DIFFERENTIATED MACROPHAGES

19:00 – 19:15

Jesse Williams
Washington University in St. Louis

AORTIC INTIMA-RESIDENT MACROPHAGES CONTRIBUTE TO ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESION INITIATION AND PLAQUE PROGRESSION

19:15 – 19:30

PM Panel Discussion

19:30

Dinner at Leisure

SUNDAY 12TH MARCH 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

INNATE IMMUNITY, INFLAMMASOME, NETOSIS, NECROPTOSIS
Session Chairs: Ajay Chawla and Chris Glass

08:30 – 09:00

Eicke Latz
University of Bonn

INNATE IMMUNE MEMORY RESPONSES TOWARDS WESTERN DIET.

09:00 – 09:30

Caetano Reis e Sousa
The Francis Crick Institute

ACTIN EXPOSURE IN STERILE INFLAMMATION.

09:30 – 10:00

Ira Tabas
Columbia University Medical Center

DEFECTIVE INFLAMMATION RESOLUTION IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS: MECHANISMS AND THERAPEUTIC OPPORTUNITIES

10:00 – 10:15

Edward Thorp
Northwestern University

MITOCHONDRIAL-DIRECTED MACROPHAGE REPROGRAMMING DURING EFFEROCYTOSIS AND POST MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

10:15 – 10:30

Martina Rami
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

CHRONIC TREATMENT WITH ANTIDEPRESSANT FLUOXETINE PROMOTES ATHEROGENESIS IN APOLIPOPROTEIN E-DEFICIENT MICE

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments & Group Photo

11:00 – 11:30

Venizelos Papayannopoulos
The Francis Crick Institute

NEUTROPHIL EXTRACELLULAR TRAP SIGNALING IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

11:30 – 12:00

Manolis Pasparakis
University of Cologne

NF-KB AND CELL DEATH SIGNALLING IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS.

12:00 – 12:15

AM Panel Discussion

12:15 – 16:15

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time 

12:40 – 16:00

Group Snorkeling Trip (optional)

T AND B CELL IMMUNE RESPONSES
Session Chairs: Göran Hansson and Ziad Mallat

16:15 – 17:00

Goran Hansson
Karolinska Institute, Stockhom

CELLULAR IMMUNITY IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS: MECHANISMS OF ACTION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THERAPY

 

17:00 – 17:30

Andreas Habenicht
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

ARTERY TERTIARY LYMPHOID ORGANS: POWERHOUSES OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS IMMUNITY

17:30 – 17:45

Carlos Neideck
Institute for Cardiovascular Prevention (IPEK) University of Munich

 

CCL17-DEPENDENT RELEASE OF CCL3 RESTRAINS REGULATORY T CELLS THEREBY AGGRAVATING ATHEROSCLEROSIS.

17:45 – 18:00

Máté Kiss
CeMM

HEMATOPOIETIC COMPLEMENT FACTOR H DEFICIENCY REDUCES ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESION FORMATION IN LDLR DEFICIENT MICE

18:00 – 18:30

Refreshments

18:30 – 19:00

Christoph Binder
Medical University of Vienna

B CELLS AND REGULATORY B CELL NETWORKS IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

19:00 – 19:30

Filip Swirski
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston

IMMUNE CELL CROSSTALK IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

19:30 – 19:45

Andrew Sage
University of Cambridge

MARGINAL ZONE B CELLS CONTROL THE FOLLICULAR T HELPER CELL RESPONSE TO HIGH CHOLESTEROL DIET

19:45 – 20:00

Katka Szilagyi
Sanquin Research and Landsteiner Laboratory

SIRPα IS A NOVEL IMMUNE CHECKPOINT ON B1 CELLS REGULATING NATURAL ANTIBODY PRODUCTION AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS DEVELOPMENT

20:00 – 20:15

PM Panel Discussion

20:15

Dinner at Leisure

MONDAY 13TH MARCH 2017

07:00 – 09:00

Breakfast

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

ADIPOSE TISSUE INFLAMMATION, MICROBIOME, ATHEROSCLEROSIS
Session Chairs: Eicke Latz and Kathryn Moore

09:00 – 09:30

Ajay Chawla
UCSF, San Francisco

INNATE IMMUNE LICENSING OF THERMOGENESIS

09:30 – 10:00

Cecile Benezech
University of Edinburgh

ROLE OF FAT-ASSOCIATED LYMPHOID CLUSTERS IN INFLAMMATION

10:00 – 10:15

Robert Raffai
University of California / VA Medical Center

INFLUENCE OF HYPERGLYCEMIA ON MACROPHAGE-DERIVED EXOSOMES IN DIABETIC ATHEROSCLEROSIS REGRESSION

10:15 – 10:30

Dina Schneider   
University of California, San Diego

APOLIPOPROTEIN A-I BINDING PROTEIN REGULATES INFLAMMATION AND LIPOPROTEIN METABOLISM IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments

11:00 – 11:30

Guo-Ping Shi
Harvard University

NA+-H+ EXCHANGER 1 DETERMINES ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESION ACIDIFICATION AND PROMOTES ATHEROGENESIS

11:30 – 12:00

Mark Febbraio
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney

THE CHAMELEON ROLE OF TLR4 IN LIPID INDUCED MACROPHAGE INFLAMMATION

12:00 – 12:15

Laurienne Gardner
University of Oxford

HYPERGLYCAEMIA-INDUCED METABOLIC CHANGES IN MACROPHAGES ALTER GENE EXPRESSION AND FUNCTION

12:15 – 12:30

AM Panel Discussion

12:30 – 16:15

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time

IMMUNOMETABOLISM
Session Chair: Mark Febbraio

16:15 – 16:45

Claudia Kemper
National Institutes of Health, NHLBI

COMPLEMENT-MEDIATED METABOLIC REPROGRAMMING REGULATES HUMAN TH1 RESPONSES

16:45 – 17:15

Laurent Yvan-Charvet
Inserm U1065 -C3M, Nice

ALTERED HAEMATOMETABOLISM, INFLAMMATION AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS

17:15 – 17:45

Li-Hao Paul Huang
Washington University School of Medicine

HDL TRANSIT THROUGH THE INTERSTITIUM AND ITS LINK TO IMMUNOLOGICAL MECHANISMS IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS

17:45 – 18:00

PM Panel Discussion

18:00 – 20:00

Poster Session & Refreshments

20:00

*Gala Dinner & Poster Awards*

TUESDAY 14TH MARCH 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

RESOLUTION OF INFLAMMATION, IMMUNOTHERAPIES
Session Chairs: Ira Tabas and Christoph Binder

08:30 – 08:45

Robin Choudhury
University of Oxford

ARTERIAL EFFECTS OF CANAKINUMAB IN PATIENTS WITH ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND TYPE 2 DIABETES OR GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE

08:45 – 09:15

Edward Fisher
New York University School of Medicine

THE MANY GUISES OF MACROPHAGES IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS PROGRESSION AND REGRESSION

09:15 – 09:45

Ziad Mallat
University of Cambridge

TARGETING THE IMMUNE RESPONSE IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND MYOCARDIAL INFRACTION.

09:45 – 10:00

Yosdel Soto
Centre for Molecular Immunology

NOVEL ANTI-PROTEOGLYCAN ANTIBODY INHIBITS ARTERIAL RETENTION OF PROATHEROGENIC LIPOPROTEINS IN A RAT MODEL OF INSULIN RESISTANCE

10:00 – 10:45

Matthew Spite
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston

INFLAMMATION-RESOLVING LIPID MEDIATORS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

10:45 – 11:15

Refreshments

11:15 – 12:00

Peter Libby
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

INFLAMMATION IN ATHEROSCLEROSIS: A TRANSLATIONAL TALE

12:00 – 12:15

AM Panel Discussion

12:15 – 12:30

Closing Comments




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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1739 $1839 $666 $284 $278 $71
Industry $1739 $1839 $666 $284 $278 $71
Student $1236 $1336 $666 $284 $278 $71

All registration fees include 3 nights accomodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are details below.

Accompanying child fees and extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years of age. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa). 

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun offers a 24hour all inclusive service. Our registration and additional adult/child fees are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 3 Nights (11, 12 and 13 March 2017).
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – available at all restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events.
- International Bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars according to operational hours.
- Pool snacks and International Bar available by the glass at Pool Area.
- Minibar including: soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water and coffee. Refreshed daily.
- 24 Hour Room Service.
- In Room amenity – Bottle of wine, per room, per stay.
- Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar).
- Complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel.

Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 1 Night
- Lunch on day of arrival
- Dinner on day of arrival
- Breakfast on day of departure
- International bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars from lunch on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa

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Fiesta Americana Condesa, Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera, Cancun, 77500 Mexico
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Lagoon Pool
  • Extensive Health Club and Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is the 2015 Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and also received the Travellers Choice Award in 2014. 

The remains of ancient Mayan cities are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and no trip to Cancun would be complete without a visit to these majestic temples and pyramids set amongst lush tropical vegetation. We will be working very closely with a reputable tour company who will be organising trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and Xcaret  to name a few, some of which may require a full day. Full day excursions will be arranged pre or post conference and may be on an individual or group booking so we would recommend booking extra nights to extend your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment should these excursions be of interest to you and/or your party. For further information please contact us.

Location

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Transportation

Cancun International airport is just a short 20 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.

Airport Transfers

Mayan Sky are a reputable and trustworthy DMC based in Cancun. The Mayan Sky team will be on hand to provide a seamless transfer service to and from Cancun International Airport. Mayan Sky will manage and confirm all transportation bookings. To arrange transportation please contact Mayan Sky directly via email, phone or the online booking facility (see links below).

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

Conference Shuttle Service

Mayan Sky have arranged a conference shuttle service which will run at scheduled times surrounding our conferences. The conference shuttle schedule can be found below.

Arrivals (Cancun Airport to the Fiesta Americana Condesa)
12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 19:00 hours.

Feb: 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th
Mar: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th

Departures (Fiesta Americana Condesa to Cancun Airport)
12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 18:00 hours.

Feb: 24th, 27th
Mar: 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

$25 per person, each way (includes taxes)

Please allow at least 45minutes from your flight landing time to the shuttle departure time. In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation

Mayan Sky also offer a private transfer service for those travelling outside of the available shuttle dates/times mentioned above. The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 10 persons, plus luggage.

Private Transportation prices to and from Cancun International Airport and to and from the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel are as follows: 

Unit for 1 or 2 Passengers $40 (one way) / $68 (round trip)
Unit for 3 Passengers $45 (one way) / $75 (round trip)
Unit for 4 Passengers $52 (one way) / $79 (round trip)
Unit for 5 to 10 Passengers $58 (one way) / $90 (round trip)

In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Mayan Sky as transportation is not included within the registration package **

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11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Local Activities

Half Day Activities 

Mayan Sky are a reputable and reliable company offering a variety of fascinating trips and excursions. If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our half day tours can be booked during the conference period between the available free times scheduled in the programme. The half day tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

The following activities are available at Aquaworld which is based in the Marina directly opposite the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel and on the beach, therefore no transportation is necessary.

Aquatwister

Experience Aquaworld’s ultimate tour adventure on board a high speed jet boat ride, Aquatwister. This is a roller coaster of manoeuvres orchestrated by a highly skilled captain and drivers on board and provides an amazing combination of nature, emotion, fun and adrenaline in one adventure.
Duration: 30 minutes 

Sky Rider

Live this exciting experience flying in couples above the Caribbean Sea and experience an amazing aerial view.
Duration: 30-40 minutes includes 10 minute flying time at an altitude of 100mtrs

Jungle Tour

The Jungle Tour is considered one of the most popular tours in Cancun. You will enjoy speeding through the dense mangrove channels of the Nichupte Lagoon before snorkelling in the second largest reef barrier in the World.
Duration: 2:15 hrs

Wave Runner

Drive and Speed on board a Yamaha VX 1100 across the Caribbean Sea.
Duration: 30 minutes or 1 hr

Sub See

An extraordinary way to admire the marine life and the reef’s ecosystem without getting wet! Be part of this unique adventure on board The Sub See Explorer, a glass bottom boat from where you will be able to watch the multi-coloured species of the Scorpion´s coral reef.
Duration: 2 hrs. 

Fly Board

The Flyboard is the latest craze in water sports sweeping the world, and now you can try it for yourself. Using water jet propulsion from specially designed boot pads, the personal water craft forces water out under extreme pressure sending you soaring into the air to heights of about 5-7 metres.

Full Day Activities

If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our full day tours are offered pre and post conference dates. If you require any additional nights at the Fiesta Americana Condesa due to a full day excursion, please ensure you book these in advance to avoid disappointment (through Fusion). The full days tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Selvatica Extreme Canopy Tour

Over 250 acres of Tropical Jungle, in Selvatica you will be able to experience a unique adventure on the longest zip-line circuit in North America, recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the 35 great adventures in the World, divided into 12 zip lines varying in lengths and heights from 270 ft. to over 2,000 ft, it will make you fly over the jungle. Then take a ride on a military vehicle through the jungle to get to the natural cenote. With crystal and pristine waters you will be able to swim choosing between a water zip line or the diving platform. Live this unique and exciting adventure and feel the emotion and adrenaline running through your body.

Chichen Itza 

Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza which known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the new seven wonders of the world elected in 07.07.2007.

Rio Secreto

Rio Secreto is an incredible underground nature reserve on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Located in the Riviera Maya 3 miles southwest of Playa del Carmen, Rio Secreto is a system of caves carved out over the course of several centuries by an underground river. Stretching approximately 8 miles, with 15 natural outlets, it’s the longest partially flooded cave on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. But what makes Rio Secreto unique is the fact that it’s semi-sunken, which means that you can hike or float through most of it.

Xcaret

Your admission to Xcaret Park allows you to enjoy a natural paradise in Cancun and Riviera Maya, with access to over 40 attractions and activities. We invite you to enjoy a whole day of fun and to assist to cultural events such as the Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores de Papantla, the Mayan Ball Game and the show Xcaret Mexico Espectacular. Dare to live Mexico in Xcaret!

Sail & Snorkel

Enjoy a spectacular day on the crystal clear waters. Sailing from Cancun to Isla Mujeres on board a sailboat. Explore the breath-taking sites of Isla Mujeres one of the wonderful reef in the Caribbean. Join us for a full day of adventure in the most beautiful sea around the world.

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11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Group Activities

We have arranged two exciting group activities for the 2017 Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis participants. Please find the details, timings, and prices for the activities below. One of the activities are scheduled during conference free time and one is organised for the day after the meeting.
This is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues outside of the conference whilst taking in the beautiful natural sights of Cancun.

Snorkel Trip- Sunday 12th March 2017

Departing from Aquaworld marina we take you on a motor boat to "El Meco" marine park. Here you adorn your snorkel gear and you’re ready to take the plunge and snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise waters.

The price per person is $42 USD.

+ $10 USD Marine park/dock fee (to be paid to Aquaworld)
Includes; private boat, snorkel equipment, snorkel guide, 45 minutes for snorkel tour in "El Meco" marine park, water, soda and beers.

Itinerary for Sunday 12th March 2017:
Walk to Aquaworld from hotel- 10/15 minutes (across the road from the hotel)
13:30 – 14:10 Private boat to "El Meco" marine park
14:10 – 14:55 Snorkel tour (45 minutes)
14:55 – 15:35 Private boat return to Aquaworld

*Minimum of 10 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the trip.

Chichen Itzá Group Tour – Wednesday 15th March 2017

Discover the essence of the Mayan culture by visiting one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The visit of Chichen Itza includes a guided tour of 3 hours with time to take pictures. At the end of the tour we go to the restaurant for buffet lunch, followed by the visit of a cenote where people have the possibility to go for a swim.
In addition, when returning to Cancun, we can enjoy a panoramic visit to Valladolid, an ancient Colonial City.

Price: $150 per person

Includes; an air-conditioned vehicle, parking, highway fee and tips, entrance/guided tour in the Chichen Itzá archaeological site, entrance, and swimming in the Cenote, visit to Valladolid Colonial City, water, buffet lunch (not including drinks) and a certified Federal Guide.

Itinerary for Wednesday 15th March 2017:
07:00 – 09:30 Trip to Chichen Itzá.
09:40 – 12:40 Tour in Chichen Itzá.
12:50 – 13:00 Trip to Cenote.
13:00 – 14:00 Time in Cenote.
14:10 – 14:20 Transfer to Restaurant.
14:20 – 15:20 Buffet lunch.
15:30 – 16:10 Trip to Valladolid.
16:10 – 17:00 Time in Valladolid.
17:10 – 19:40 Trip to Cancun Hotel Zone.

*Minimum of 8 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the tour.

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Childcare

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Oral Presenters

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the oral submission deadline:  
10th Feb 2017

Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

Your Presentation on the Day

If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: admin@fusion-conferences.com

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.

It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.

Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9) and in Landscape Orientation.
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. 
File Type: Please safe your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. 
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.

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Immuno-Metabolic Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis Conference

Novel critical mediators and therapeutic targets


11 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

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Posters

We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 10th Feb 2017 

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening. 

2017 IMMA Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 10 Feb 2017. The winners will be selected shortly after the Poster Session and the following prizes will be awarded: 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $150.

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