The Biochemical Immunology Group
As our understanding of the complexity of immunological systems at a molecular level has
developed, the divide between immunologist and biochemist has been bridged. Over the past decade
the Biochemical Immunology group has attempted to bring together scientists with an interest in
molecular aspects of immunology within the framework of the British Society for Immunology and
the Biochemical Society.
The committee is active in organizing meetings on diverse topics which aim to provide a forum
for cross-fertilization of ideas between biochemists with immunological interests and
immunologists with biochemical tendencies. In addition, the Biochemical Immunology Group is keen
to encourage active participation of graduate and newly qualified post-doctoral scientists to
develop communication and presentation skills. In order to offer support to young scientist, the
Biochemical Immunology Group committee will consider applications for bursaries to assist with
accommodation/travel costs. The success of these meetings in terms of audience numbers and
feedback to those involved in organization indicates that molecular immunology will continue to
be a common feature of scientific symposia and workshops at both international and national level.
- British Society for Immunology
- Biochemical Society
The session organized jointly with the British Society of Immunology Autoimmunity Group was
held on 7 December during the BSI Annual Congress, Harrogate. A report of the session,
entitled 'New Mechanisms of Autoimmunity' appears in the February issue of Immunology News.
Some of the sessions organized by the group which are coming up in the near future are listed below.
- SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION DURING INNATE AND ADAPTIVE IMMUNITY
- Organized jointly with the Molecular Pharmacology Group, this three day session will run from July 11-13 2001 at the 674th Biochemical Society meeting, Dublin
- STAYING HEALTHY WITH CHIPS
- A one day session planned for 17 December 2001, 675th Biochemical Society Meeting, York 2001
- PROTEASES AND ANTI-PROTEASES: MOLECULAR MECHANISMS AND NOVEL THERAPIES
- A one day session also planned for 17 December 2001, 675th Biochemical Society Meeting, York 2001
- POST-TRANSLATIONAL REGULATION OF CYTOKINES
- This one day session will take place during the BSI Annual Congress December 2001, Harrogate
Group Communication/New Committee members
The BIG committee support the view that communication via email and www-based information
represents the simplest means of keeping group members up to date with news regarding meetings
organized by BIG members.
It is our aim to provide up to date current information whenever possible.
If you feel the urge to bring together people working in your own specialist area for a meeting
either at a local or a national level, the Biochemical Immunology Group would be prepared to
consider all suggestions and if appropriate to offer support (including financial) in order to
facilitate organization. All suggestions should be forwarded to committee members.
B.I.G. Committee Members
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