Allergy & Asthma Symposium: Bridging Innate and Adaptive Immunity


May 28-29, 2009 Bruges, Belgium



Register and submit your abstract online





Site Oud Sint-Jan, Bruges, Belgium


May 28-29, 2009


Bart Lambrecht, Dirk Elewaut & Abcam

Visit Bruges

Known as the 'Venice of the North', Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Bruges' historical city center is on the World Heritage list and walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times.

Bruges is less than an hour's train journey from Belgium's capital, Brussels. Brussels Airport is served by numerous international and low cost airlines. The city can also easily be reached on the Eurostar. Information on flights to Brussels can be found on the Brussels Airport website and information on the Eurostar can be found by visiting the Eurostar website.






Meeting topics

  • Source of Th2 cytokines in allergy
  • Regulatory mechanisms in allergy
  • Effector mechanisms of allergic inflammation
  • Dendritic cells and epithelial cells bridge innate and adaptive immunity


Invited speakers


  • Omid Akbari (University of Southern California, US)
    Th2 cells and NKT cells in asthma and allergy
  • Hilde Cheroutre (La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology, US)
    Reciprocal control of Treg and Th17 development
  • Michael Croft (La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology, US)
    TNF family members and allergic disease
  • Dirk Elewaut (Ghent University, Belgium)
    CD1d mediated antigen presentation and Th polarization
  • Hamida Hammad (Ghent University, Belgium)
    Contribution of lung structural cells to innate Th2 programming in the lung
  • Catherine Hawrylowicz (King's College London, UK)
    Tregs in allergic disease
  • Stephen Holgate (University of Southampton, UK)
    Airways epithelial cells in asthma
  • Jay Kolls (University of Pittsburgh, US)
    The crucial role of Th17 in lung disease
  • Bart Lambrecht (Ghent University, Belgium)
    Dendritic cell subsets and control of allergic inflammation
  • Clare Lloyd (Imperial College London, UK)
    Eosinophils and airway remodelling
  • Mindy Tsai (Stanford University School of Medicine, US)
    Effector and immunomodulatory functions of mast cells in allergic inflmmation
  • Steven Ziegler (Benaroya Research Institute, US)
    The crucial role of TSLP in allergic disease




Register and submit your abstract online



The registration fee includes:

  • Attendance at sessions
  • Lunch and refreshments on May 28 & 29
  • Welcome reception
  • Conference materials, including book of abstracts




Early bird (before March 20, 2009)





Standard (after March 20, 2009)






Students are categorized as those in full time education at the time of registering. Proof of student status may be requested.

Student Group Discounts

Register 4 and get 1 free!

Discounts are available for student groups attending from the same institution: register four and the fifth can attend for free.  Telephone +44 (0)1223 696000 for further information.

Student Group Discount: Terms & Conditions 

  • The group must register together - discounts will not be applied retrospectively
  • The promotion only applies to student registrations
  • The promotion is available at either the early bird or standard rate
  • In the event of cancellation by any part of the group, no refund will be given
  • The promotion cannot be used in conjuction with any other special offer



Abstracts for oral and poster presentation are now invited.  Those which most closely fit within the topics of the meeting will be selected.


Oral abstract deadline: February 09, 2009
Poster abstract deadline: March 20, 2009


Abstract submission guidelines.PDF


Meeting in Brugge is the appointed accommodation agent for the Allergy and Asthma Symposium. They have enormous experience in arranging accommodation in Bruges and have negotiated preferential rates at a selection of hotels for delegates attending the symposium.

Please note that discounted room rates at the official hotels are limited, so don't delay with your booking, as the demand for rooms in Bruges will be high during the symposium. For further information about the hotels and rates please visit the Meeting in Brugge website.


Please visit the frequently asked questions webpage for more useful information about the conference and Bruges.


If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this meeting, please contact us for more information.

Terms and conditions

Delegates are advised to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover their attendance at the conference in case of incident, or cancellation due to circumstances beyond Abcam's control.

  • All fees payable to Abcam are non-refundable
  • Substitute delegates may be made at any time

Contact us

If you have any questions please email the Abcam Events Team or call +44 (0) 1223 696000


We look forward to welcoming you to Bruges.

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