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BSI Neuroimmunology Symposium

April 24 - April 25

Neuroimmunology Meeting


This is a two-day meeting organised by the BSI Neuroimmunology Group, to bring the UK field of neuroimmunology together to discuss diverse areas of neuroimmune research including brain injury, regeneration, peripheral neuroimmune mechanisms, neurodegenerative disease and CNS infection.

Follow @bsicongress and @BSI_neuroimmune and check the event hashtag #Neuroimmuno24 for updates.

The BSI Neuroimmunology Group looks forward to welcoming you at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 April 2024.

Abstract submission

Submit your abstract here. The submission deadline is 23:59 GMT Monday 18 March 2024.


Day 1

11:45 | Registration and lunch

12:30 | Welcome address

12:45 | Keynote speaker: Professor Menna Clatworthy (University of Cambridge, UK)
Pushing the boundaries of central nervous system immunity

SESSION 1 – Regenerative neuroimmunology

Chairs: Dr Yvonne Dombrowsky, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Dr Fränze Progatzky, University of Oxford, UK

13:30 | Invited speaker: Dr Yvonne Dombrowski (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
Regenerative inflammation: Innate and adaptive immune mechanisms in myelin regeneration in the central nervous system

13:55 \ Selected short talk TBC

14:10 | Invited speaker: Professor Marina Lynch (Trinity College Dublin, UK)
The impact of sex on neuroinflammation in age and Alzheimer’s disease

14:40 | Selected short talk TBC

14:55 | Refreshment break and meet the exhibitors

SESSION 2 – Brain injury

Chairs: Dr Andy Greenhalgh, University of Manchester, UK, Dr Laura McCulloch, University of Edinburgh, UK

15:30 | Invited speaker: Dr Ed Needham (University of Cambridge, UK)
Reframing Traumatic Brain Injury as an Immunological Disease

16:00 | Selected short talk TBC

16:15 | Invited speaker: Dr Andy Greenhalgh (University of Manchester, UK)
Brain region-specific immune response to mild Traumatic Brain Injury

16:40 | Selected short talk TBC

16:55 | Invited speaker: Dr Laura McCulloch (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Systemic immune changes in response to stroke

17:20 | Networking reception and posters

18:30 | Close

Day 2

09:00 | Keynote speaker: Professor Burkhart Becher (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

SESSION 3: Peripheral immunity

Chairs: Dr Andy Greenhalgh, University of Manchester, UK, Dr Fränze Progatzky, University of Oxford, UK

09:45 | Invited speaker: Dr Elaine Emmerson (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Nerve-associated macrophages in the salivary gland and their role following radiotherapy injury

10:15 | Selected short talk

10:30 | Invited speaker: Dr Fränze Progatzky (University of Oxford, UK)
Regulation of tissue immunity by peripheral glia 

10:55 | Selected short talk

11:10 | Refreshment break and meet the exhibitors

SESSION 4: Neuroimmunology of neurodegenerative disease

Chairs: David Posner, University of Cambridge, UK, Dr Yvonne Dombrowski, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

11:35 | Invited speaker: David Posner (University of Cambridge)

12:00 | Selected short talk TBC

12:15 | Invited speaker: Dr Sebastiaan De Schepper (University College London, UK)
Gut Macrophages Modulate Brain Synucleinopathy in Parkinson’s

12:45 | Selected short talk TBC

13:00 | Lunch, posters and exhibition

SESSION 5: CNS infections

Chairs: Dr Juan Quintana, University of Manchester, UK, Dr Rebecca Drummond, University of Birmingham, UK

14:30 | Invited speaker: Dr Maria Bernabeu (EMBL, Spain)
Modelling cerebral malaria in bioengineered 3D blood-brain barrier models

15:00 | Selected short talk TBC

15:15 | Invited speaker: Dr Juan Quintana (University of Manchester, UK)
The neuroimmunology of sleeping sickness

15:40 | Selected short talk TBC

15:55 | Invited speaker: Dr Rebecca Drummond (University of Birmingham, UK)
Understanding microglia interactions with invading fungi

16:15 | TBC

16:45 | Prizes

17:00 | Close


Registration is open, book your place here.

BSI members benefit from reduced registration fees at this meeting and other BSI events, as well as free access to our journals, grants, career development activities and much more. You can sign up to become a member online. For current BSI members, your reduced fee will be applied automatically if you are logged in to your account. All fees include VAT.


Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
25 Aytoun St
Manchester, Lancashire M1 3DT United Kingdom
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