KEYNOTE & AWARD WINNER SPEAKERS

 

Professor Lydia Lynch
Associate Professor, TCD and Lecturer, Harvard Medical School 
Biography
Professor Lydia Lynch received her B.Sc. degree in Cell Biology and Genetics from University College Dublin, Ireland. She received her PhD in Immunology in 2008 from University College Dublin, in the lab of Prof. Cliona O’Farrelly in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. Lydia received a Newman Fellowship for her early post-doctoral studies with Prof. Donal O’Shea in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Here they established the Immunology and Obesity Lab, which coordinates international, collaborative, translational research in obesity and its complications. Lydia then received the prestigious UNESCO-L’Oreal International Women In Science Fellowship, where she moved to Harvard Medical School to study iNKT cells in adipose tissue in the lab of Mark Exley. In 2009, Lydia received an International Marie Curie Fellowship to continue her postdoctoral studies in immunometabolism, in the labs of Prof. Michael Brenner and Prof. Ulrich von Andrian in Harvard. In 2013, she became a junior faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2014, Lydia started her independent lab with a joint appointment between the Division of Endocrinology and the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr Lydia Lynch had a major breakthrough when she discovered iNKT (invariant natural killer T-cells) in fat, and demonstrated that therapies to activate these cells could help manage obesity, diabetes and metabolic disease. She went on to find a critical role for IL-17 in the normal functions of fat, in particular in keeping us warm. The Lynch lab is interested in the effects of obesity and diet on immune cell functions, particularly innate cells including iNKT cells, NK cells and gd T cells, and how this impacts on cancer risk. The Lynch lab is particularly interested in ‘non-immune’ roles for the immune system, particularly the local immune system in adipose tissue in mice and humans in the regulation of metabolism and body weight and thermogenesis.
Lydia (38), is from Greenhills in Dublin, has three children, Erin (22), Luka (14) and Layla (8). She was a single teenage mum to Erin and went on to do a BSc in cell biology and genetics followed by a PhD in immunology. She was recruited as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and now lives between Boston and Dublin. She was recently awarded a European Research Commission starting grant (€1.82m), which allowed her to return to set up a laboratory at Trinity College, where she is an associate professor.
Lydia has won a dazzling array of awards, including the UNESCO-L’Oréal International Women in Science Award ($40k/€36k), a Marie Curie International Fellowship ($350k/€313k), an American Diabetes Association Award ($600k/€537k) and a Cancer Research Institute Award ($200k). She was selected as one of the ‘Women on Walls’ of the Royal Irish Academy, where her portrait hangs on the wall, the first female portrait in the 230 year history of the RIA. Lydia’s ambition is to make a real difference in human health, particularly by finding new ways to use our immune system to fight against cancer.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Decker

Developmental Biology & Disease Mechanisms | Genetics, Epigenetics & Gene Regulation | Immunology & Pathogens

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Developmental Biology & Disease Mechanisms | Genetics, Epigenetics & Gene Regulation | Immunology & Pathogens

Biographies: 2019 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research

The ICIS recognizes two world leaders in deciphering the fundamental mechanisms of innate immunity in directing cytokine driven responses MORE

 

The ICIS recognizes two world leaders in deciphering the fundamental mechanisms of innate immunity in directing cytokine driven responses
The ICIS Awards Committee have chosen Akiko Iwasaki, PhD as one of the two recipients of the 2019 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of immunology, particularly involving interferons and cytokines. Dr. Iwasaki has made major discoveries in the areas of innate anti-viral immunity and mucosal immunity that have resulted in paradigm shifts in our understanding of the immune response and vaccine design. Specifically, Dr. Iwasaki has revealed fundamental mechanisms spanning the activation, function and pathologic roles of type I interferons, from pregnancy to aging.
The ICIS Awards Committee have chosen Hao Wu, PhD as one of the two recipients of the 2019 Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research in recognition of her unparalleled contributions to the molecular mechanisms of cytokine signaling. Her in-depth mechanistic elucidation of many important protein complexes, in particular those used by the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) family, the Toll-like receptor/interleukin 1 receptor (TLR/IL-1R) family and the inflammasomes, not only changed how we understand cytokine-induced programmed cell death and immunity, but also presented a new paradigm for immune cell signaling.
Biography: 2019 BioLegend William E. Paul Award for Excellence in Cytokine Research

The ICIS Awards Committee have chosen Chen Dong, PhD as the recipient of the 2019 BioLegend William E Paul Award for Excellence in Cytokine Research in recognition of his transformative research in immunology, including ground-breaking discoveries in the field of T cell biology and IL-17 family cytokines. MORE

 

Professor Chen Dong
Professor and Director of the Institute for Immunology | Dean of the School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China MORE

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

 

Stuart Allan (UK) Lucie Heinzerling (DE) Andreas Ramming (DE)
Francesca Barone (GB) John Isaacs (GB) Nancy Reich (US)
Burkhard Becher (CH) Shintaro Iwama (JP) Maria Grazia Roncarolo (UK)
Andreas Bergthaler, (AT) Akiko Iwasaki (US) Stefan Rose-John (DE)
Aline Bozec (DE) Brendan Jenkins (AU) Anna Rubartelli (IT)
Gordon Brown (UK) Simon Jones (GB) Georg Schett (DE)
Chris Buckley (GB) Kenji Kabashima (JP) Brigitta Stockinger (GB)
Jane Buckner (US) Yuko Kaneko (JP) Tsutomu Takeuchi (JP)
Tom Cupedo (NL) Thomas Korn (DE) Peter Taylor (GB)
Thomas Decker (AT) Michaela Kress (AT) Diamant Thaci (DE)
Chen Dong (CN) Gerhard Kroenke (DE) Irina Udalova (GB)
Dirk Elewaut (BE) Atushi Kumanogo (JP) David Voehringer (DE)
Lucie Heinzerling (DE) Ed Lavelle (IE) Erwin Wagner (ES)
Cem Gabay (CH) Lydia Lynch (IE & US) Ari Waisman (DE)
Sarah Gaffen (US) Tracy L. McGaha (CA) Sarah Walmsley (GB)
Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky (DE) Anne O’Garra (GB) Cornelia Weyand (US)
Romina Goldszmid (US) Taku Okazaki (JP) Hao Wu (US)
Johann Gudjonsson (US)