Immunogenomics of Disease: Accelerating to Patient Benefit

06 - 08 February 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    This new conference aims to bring together scientists working in the fields of molecular immunology, functional genomics and immune-mediated disease genetics, to expedite the journey from genetic association to mechanistic understanding and patient benefit through new insights into disease and novel therapeutics.

    Next generation sequencing has accelerated the discovery of highly
    penetrant causal variants in diverse primary immune deficiencies,
    providing insight into the non-redundant functions of the affected genes
    and pathways in human immunity. In parallel, the application of GWAS has
    been arguably most successful in immune-related traits, such that
    together we now have evidence of the role of genetic variation in
    susceptibility to various immune diseases across the prevalence spectrum.
    To accelerate the translation of these discoveries into the clinic, we
    urgently need to improve our understanding of the molecular consequences
    of disease-associated variants, immunological processes and drug target

    This meeting will focus on recent successful stories in immune-mediated disease gene-mapping, causal variant identification in common and rare immune diseases, and efforts to understand the cellular consequences of these variants on the innate and adaptive immune system. We will highlight technological developments that promise to deliver further insight into the biology of the immune system in both health and disease, such as single cell sequencing, metagenomic sequencing and genome editing.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.30 on Monday 6 February and
    close at approximately 13.30 on Wednesday 8 February 2017.

    Topics will include:

    • Autoimmunity and autoinflammation
    • Primary immune deficiencies
    • Immunology and the microbiome
    • Genomic diversity of immune cells
    • Immune regulation and homeostasis
    • Therapeutic advances

    Please click here for a copy of the programme.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Carl Anderson Wellcome Trust Sanger
    Institute, UK
    Sophie Hambleton
    Newcastle University,
    University of Oxford, UK

    Keynote speakers
    John Todd
    University of Oxford, UK
    Mike Lenardo
    National Institutes of Health, USA

    Confirmed speakers
    Ivona Aksentijevich National Institutes of
    Health, USA
    Mary Carrington National Cancer Institute
    Center for Cancer Research, USA
    Yanick Crow Imagine Institute, France
    Lars Fugger University of Oxford, UK
    Michel Georges University of Liege,
    Claire Harris Newcastle University, UK
    Eric Meffre Yale University, USA
    Anjana Rao La Jolla Institute for Allergy
    & Immunology, USA
    Soumya Raychaudhuri Harvard Medical School, USA
    Kathy (Moser) Sivils Oklahoma Medical
    Research Foundation, USA
    Gregory Sonnenberg Weill Cornell Medicine,
    Sarah Teichmann Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Gosia Trynka Wellcome Trust Sanger
    Institute, UK
    Holm Uhlig University of Oxford, UK      

    Cisca Wijmenga University of Groningen, The Netherlands

    Conference organiser
    Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £281
    Student On site twin accommodation £383
    Student On site single accommodation £445
    Academic No accommodation £381
    Academic On site twin accommodation £483
    Academic On site single accommodation £545
    Commercial No accommodation £481
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £583
    Commercial On site single accommodation £645

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 6 and 7 February 2017. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 22 November 2016

  • Sponsors

    The conference organisers would like to thank the following organisations
    for their support: