Newsletter #10: October 2009


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Newsletter #10: October 2009

  1. 1. E - N E W S L E T T E R IMMUNOLOGY MONTREAL 1650 Cedar Avenue A6-148.1 Montreal, QC H3G 1A4 Tel: 514.934.1934 extension 44075 Fax: 514.934.8239 October 2009 Cliquez ici pour la version Française 10th Edition of Immunology Montreal Newsletter Welcome! Welcome to the tenth edition of Immunology Montreal’s electronic newsletter! We want to keep you informed and this e-newsletter will be a great way to keep you up-to-date. This e-newsletter will keep you current on activities and other important IM information. Also, check out our website at
  2. 2. In this Issue : 2009 Fall Annual Symposium Reserve the day for our next Immunology Montreal Fall Symposium 2009 on: - 2009 Fall Annual Symposium “Cytokines in Health and Diseases” - H1N1 and you Date: November 13, 2009 - International Day of Location: New Residence Hall, McGill University, Immunology 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC - Happy Hour This symposium will focus on the role of conventional and novel cytokines in - Dragon Boat Race immune system homeostasis, during infections, as well as in the development of Competition 2009 autoimmune inflammation. In the previous symposium, we focused on tumor - Young scientists necrosis factor (TNF) as a therapeutic target in three different diseases and as well discuss the potential side effects of such therapy. In the current symposium, we will gather experts in the field of the IL-17-IL-23 axis, including the important role of IL-1β, IL-6, TGF-β and IL-22 in the regulation of this axis. Functions of IFNγ and IL-12 will also be addressed, but indirectly. This symposium with the focus on cytokines organized by Immunology Montreal will be held with a target audience Immunologists (Investigators and Trainees) that are Basic. Scientists or Clinicians from McGill University, University of Montreal, Institut de Recherche Clinique de Montreal and Institut Armand-Frappier (affiliated with the University of Quebec at Montreal). The media and the general public will be welcome. SPEAKERS: 8:30 -Welcome - Dr Alex Prat – Symposium 2009 organizer 8:35-9:15 - Overview of the role of IL-23 and IL-17 in innate and adaptive immunity Dr. Thomas Korn (Department of Neurology/Technical University of Munich) 9:15-9:45 - The role of IL-2 in driving Foxp3+ Treg cell-mediated control of autoimmunity Dr Ciro Piccirillo (McGill University) 9:45-10:15 –TBA 10:15-10:30 Refreshment Break 10:30-11:00 - Role of the IL-23-IL-17 axis in autoimmunity Dr Estelle Bettelli (Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle) 11:00-11:30 -Role of IL-17 and IL- 23 on HIV infectiveness and progression Dr Petronela Ancuta (CRCHUM -Université de Montréal) 11:30-12:00 - Transcription factors and cytokines: their involvement in autoimmune CNS disease Dr. Michael Racke (Ohio State University Neuroscience center) 12:00-12:30 - Cytokine-based therapies-future perspectives Dr. Daniel Cua (DNAX- Sherring-Plough Biopharma, California) 12:30-13:00 - Immunology Montreal Members; Annual General Assembly no 3. meeting Dr. Marianna Newkirk - Président - The agenda will be posted on the website prior to the meeting
  3. 3. International Day of Immunology For that event Immunology Montreal received an AWARD from EFIS Day of Immunology prize-(April 29, 2009) EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies). (Under the auspices of IUIS) How vaccines work: Spread the word and not disease Immunology Montreal was awarded by EFIS third prize to honour the outreach activities of all the volunteers that centered on the Day of Immunology (DoI) (April 29th, 2009). These activities were aimed at school children in order to raise public awareness of immunology. The DoI Prize was awarded to Dr Marianna Newkirk (President of I.M.) for the first time at the European Congress of Immunology (ECI), 13-16 September 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Clik here. Please see the material that is available on our website. Immunology Montreal Happy Hour INVITATION Thursday Octobre 29, 2009 5pm to 7pm Immunology enthusiasts, from Greater Montreal area including students, researchers professors and clinicians of McGill University, Université de Montréal , Université du Québec (Institut Armand Frappier) are all invited to attend the Immunology Montreal Happy hour. Please put in your agenda Our next meeting will be Thursday October 29, 2009 and you are all invited Organizer by: Dr. Vibhuti Dave Host : IRCM (Institut de recherche clinique de Montréal) Topic: Regulation of Immune cells Speakers: to be determined Date and Hour; Thursday October 29, from 5pm to 7pm Room: to be confirmed Goal: To foster interactions between immunologists of the greater Montreal through informal conferences or journal clubs. Beer and refreshment will be available. Beer is sponsored by J.L. Freeman S.E.C. For more information :
  4. 4. Dragon Boat competition For the third year our Dragon Boat Team – The Natural Killers Team – competed in the 14th edition of the Montreal Dragon Boat Race festival held in Montreal (Jean Drapeeau Parc) July 25 and 26, 2009. This year the team finished second in their division in the 500m final. It was a great festival weekend! The team competed very hard, showed great improvements and had a lot of fun! Congratulations! Click here for more information. Young scientists Please check our web site regularly for our 2010 awards competition - Science Fair - Buddy Scientist - Travel Awards (CSI, FOCIS, ICI) Questions or comments? Send an e-mail to You have received this e-mail because you are on the Immunology Montreal mailing list. To remove your name from our mailing list, please click here.