San Diego, CA, September 20, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Jules Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate and Invited professor at Strasbourg University to give a plenary keynote presentation on “Innate Immunity: From Flies to Humans” at the Immunotherapeutics Summit to be held in San Diego, CA on January 29-31, 2014 by GTC.
Jules Hoffmann is professor at the University of Strasbourg and Senior Researcher at CNRS, he dedicated his work to the study of the genetic and molecular mechanisms responsible for innate immunity in insects. The work of Hoffman and associates work has provided new insights into the defense mechanisms that organisms, from the most primitive up to humans, employ against infectious agents. By demonstrating the marked conservation of innate defense mechanisms between insects and humans, the work initiated by Hoffmann and his collaborators has led to a re-evaluation of the role of innate immunity in mammals. More generally, the Drosophila model has enabled biologists throughout the world to make considerable progress, not only in developmental genetics and innate immunity but also in the study of certain human pathologies and in the understanding of memory, behavior, sleep and nutrition phenomena. With Bruce A. Beutler and Ralph M. Steinman, Hoffmann was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2011.
Hoffmann set up and headed the CNRS laboratory “Endocrinology and Immunology of Insects” within the CNRS Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in Strasbourg, which he also directed from 1994 to 2006 and where he still works with his collaborators. He was president of the French Académie des Sciences in 2007 and 2008, and is a member of the Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Germany and Russia. He has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes, such as, in recent years, the Rosenstiel Award (with Ruslan Medzhitov) for his work on immunity (2010), the Keio Medical Science Prize (with Shizuo Akira) (2011), the 2011 Gairdner Award for medical research (with Shizuo Akira) and the 2011 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (with Bruce Beutler and Ruslan Medzhitov). He also received the CNRS Gold Medal. Hoffmann is Officier de la Légion d'Honneur in France and is an Immortel at the Académie Française (2012).
The Inaugural Innate Immunity Conference brings together a mix of academic and industry authoritative experts from leading affiliations (such as Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NIAID, 3M Company, Pfizer Vaccine Research, MedImmune, Harvard School of Medicine, NIH, Nomis Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, etc.) to cover many current and relevant aspects of basic, translational or full development in innate immunity and its applicability to human health.
This conference is also part of the Novel Immunotherapeutics Summit 2014, which consists of this conference as well as these three co-located conferences:
1) 6th Immunotherapeutics & Immunomonitoring
2) 12th Cytokines & Inflammation
3) 2nd Immunogenicity & Immunotoxicity
For more information, please visit http://www.gtcbio.com/conference/innate-immunity-overview