Infectious Diseases Through an Evolutionary Lens
Organisers: Wendy Barclay, Sara Cherry, David Tobin and Russell Vance
Date: 17 - 19 October 2023
Location: British Medical Association House, London, UK
Infectious diseases have exerted strong selective evolutionary pressure on humans and other hosts throughout history. There is growing appreciation of the use of evolutionary analyses to gain insight into the critical interactions between pathogen and host that lead to disease, tolerance or resolution for SARS-CoV-2, tuberculosis, HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases. Understanding these interactions provides insights into (i) the key host defences that successfully limit the pathogen, (ii) the mechanisms by which pathogens have subverted and overcome these defences, (iii) new opportunities for therapies, and (iv) the origins and emergence of novel pathogens. Studies in standard model systems with a single strain of pathogen often neither fully reflect the complexity and diverse manifestations of disease nor provide a robust platform for evaluating therapies. Evolutionary approaches expand these studies to diverse host-pathogen pairings and provide insight into the molecular arms race that occurs between host and pathogen, pinpointing critical interactions (and therapeutic targets) that determine host outcome after infection.
This meeting will provide a unique opportunity to bring together leading experts in infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions and evolutionary biology to examine new insights into infectious diseases, including pathogen evolution and emergence, and their treatment. Participants will include evolutionary biologists, immunologists, virologists, researchers studying microbial pathogenesis, human geneticists and clinicians, a diverse group who might normally not encounter each other in field-specific meetings. With talks from an outstanding list of speakers from five continents, as well as selected delegates, we will delve further into this important area of research, as well as generate new ideas and collaborations to help shape the future of infectious disease research.
Organisers & speakers
Sara Cherry University of Pennsylvania, USA
David Tobin Duke University, USA
Russell Vance University of California, Berkeley, USA
Alfred Amambua-Ngwa MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, The Gambia
Sonja Best National Institutes of of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA
Heran Darwin New York University, USA
Nels Elde The University of Utah, USA
Andrea Gamarnik Fundación Instituto Leloir, Argentina
Philip Kranzusch Harvard University, USA
Johannes Krause Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
Brenda Kwambana-Adams Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
Harmit Malik Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, USA
João Marques Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Lalita Ramakrishnan University of Cambridge, UK
Stephen Russell Mayo Clinic, USA
Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu Imperial College London, UK
Paul Sharp The University of Edinburgh, UK
Tyler Starr Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, USA
Sarah Tishkoff University of Pennsylvania, USA
Emily Troemel University of California, San Diego, USA
Linfa Wang Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Katherine Wu The Atlantic, USA
British Medical Association House
BMA House in Tavistock Square, London is a stunning, Grade II listed building that was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1911 and opened by King George V. It has been home to the British Medical Association since 1925.
Euston train and underground station is a five minute walk away. It is just a 10 minute walk to King’s Cross St Pancras International Station with direct trains to Europe.
BMA House has achieved Gold accreditation with Green Tourism and has won a number of awards for its sustainability initiatives.
Registration will open early 2023. Please register your interest in the meeting to receive updates on speakers and key dates.
The meeting will start with registration and lunch on Tuesday 17 October 2023 and will run through to the end of the day on Thursday 19 October 2023.
The fees include;
- Registration and meeting costs
- Catering included –
- Day 1: lunch, coffee break and reception drinks
- Day 2: two coffee breaks, lunch and reception drinks
- Day 3: two coffee breaks and lunch
It is expected that all attendees will stay for the duration of the meeting.
|PhD students /postdocs||Academia||Industry|
|Applications received by 19 May 2023||£375||£500||£675|
20 May – 11 August 2023
Registration open: Early February 2023
Early-bird deadline: 19 May 2023
Abstract submission deadline: 14 July 2023
Final registration deadline: 11 August 2023
Image credit: Neil Smith Illustration