[Microbiology] Call for Applications: Lymphoid Cells in Acute Inflammation, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via microbio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Mon Aug 11 14:57:47 EST 2014


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
"Lymphoid Cells in Acute Inflammation," to be held January 15-16, 2015,
at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *The Acute Inflammatory Response (AIR) to infection or
traumatic injury has largely been characterized by the actions of
complement, immune cells such as macrophages and neutrophils, and the
inflammatory mediators they produce. Recent advances have highlighted
the early and important role of regulatory T cells and innate lymphoid
cells in the AIR, and these findings have begun to alter the perception
that effects on lymphoid cells occur later in the response to infection
or injury. Along with the biological advances in the area, mathematical
modeling studies have highlighted the dynamic nature of the AIR, and
have pointed toward the need to consider lymphoid cells in order to
explain key biological phenomena as well as impacting clinical
translation. This workshop aims to survey and organize what is currently
known about the role of lymphoid cells and their mediators in the AIR,
how the role of lymphoid cells may differ in acute inflammation due to
infection versus traumatic injury, and efforts at computational modeling
of the AIR. Implicit in this aim is the goal of determining what
relevant experimental datasets are available and how best to use them
for the modeling efforts.

This workshop will inspire new primary research collaborations between
those who have not had the opportunity to work closely with researchers
developing and using computational methods to investigate biological
questions. Likewise, those whose expertise is in modeling and
computational methods will be able to establish connections with
experimental or theoretical immunologists. The workshop should foster
new collaborations by highlighting the benefits of interdisciplinary
efforts in answering fundamental questions in immunology.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *Judy Day (Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, Univ. of Tennessee) and Yoram Vodovotz (Director,
Center for Inflammation & Regenerative Modeling, Univ. of Pittsburgh)

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_lymphoid

Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a
strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful
applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application
deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is
available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline:* September 30, 2014

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee,
Knoxville.

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Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Manager
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
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