Medicine at the Crick

November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021

1:45 PM To 5:30 PM

1 Midland Road, London, NW1 1AT


Event Description

Innate immune sensing of nucleic acids in medicine

Innate immune sensing of nucleic acids in medicine

Hybrid event with a limited in-person audience, organised by The Francis Crick Institute, London

Our new Medicine at the Crick event series showcases major advances in biomedical science and raises awareness of the medical implications of major scientific advances. Interested members of the Crick and wider UK biomedical community are invited to attend. Members of the academic medical press are also invited. Each event comprises a series of talks, followed by in-person networking.

Our 8th event, Innate immune sensing of nucleic acids in medicinewill be hosted by Prof Caetano Reis e Sousa (The Francis Crick Institute).

Nucleic acids, long known as encoders of genetic information, can play an additional role in triggering innate immune sensors that alert the body to cellular stress or the presence of potential pathogens. Nucleic acid sensing can be beneficial and drive immune reactions that limit infection or promote cancer immunity. However, it can misfire or become dysregulated, contributing to chronic inflammatory reactions and autoimmune disease. In this 8th edition of Medicine at the Crick, we will discuss our current understanding of innate immune sensing of nucleic acids and review its role in immunity to infection, cancer, autoinflammation and autoimmunity.

Speakers include ​​​Prof Andrea Ablasser (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne – EPFL), Prof Jan Rehwinkel (University of Oxford), Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu (Imperial College London), Prof Yanick Crow (The University of Edinburgh & Institute Imagine, Paris) and Prof Ann Marshak-Rothstein (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

We plan to host this as a hybrid event with a limited in-person audience joined by others online. Please register now for a free virtual or in-person ticket. Virtual ticket holders will receive Zoom joining details in advance of the webinar and in-person ticket holders will be emailed with full attendance details nearer the event.

The safety of our staff and visitors is our priority and we have measures in place to ensure this is a Covid-19 safe event.

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The Francis Crick Institute

About the Organizers

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illness such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases. By bringing together scientists from many disciplines, the Crick will have the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease. The Francis Crick Institute was founded by six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations - the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London.

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