Colorado Immunology Conference 2013 [fr]
The University of Colorado in Denver (CU Denver)’s Department of Immunology, in partnership with the Office for Science and Technology at the consulate of France in Los Angeles, organized the 2013 Colorado Immunology Conference from September 11 to 13, 2013 in Vail.
The CIC focused on advances in immunology research and addressed topics such as antiviral T cell memory, anti-inflammatory role for neutrophils and innate immunity (more information can be found here).
A keynote presentation was given by French researcher Marie Malissen from Center of Immunology of Marseille, Luminy (CIML) about CD28 costimulation. Other key researchers from CIML included Bernard Malissen and Eric Vivier.
A scientific poster competition also took place, which was sponsored by the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. Many young postdoc researchers took part in this competition. Marie Malissen awarded laureate Amy Stone, young researcher at UC Denver, with a $2000 prize in order for her to attend a scientific event in France.
Amy Stone is currently working on the Hepatitis C Virus, from an immunological perspective. Her research aims to uncover how the innate immune system interacts with Hepatitis C Virus, with the aim to develop novel therapeutics and treatments. To accomplish this, Dr Stone’s project focuses on the Interferon responses of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells (an innate immune cell) to Hepatitis C Virus.
Amy Stone’s testimonial:
This year at the Colorado Immunology Conference, we have the privilege of hosting several outstanding scientists from Marseille (Ciml), France. Each of the scientists gave a talk, including Dr. Marie Malissen, who gave the keynote address. These scientists not only took the time to share with us the phenomenal research going on at Ciml, but they also actively contributed to the conference through interactions with faculty, staff and students. Their unique insight and fresh perspective contributed to each project that they discussed and provided new ideas for the researchers working on those projects. These interactions will likely lead to increased collaborations between our department here at the University of Colorado Denver and the Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy. Having the French scientists present at this meeting made this meeting one of the best that we have held and one of the most memorable.