About the Conference
Chemokines are small proteins (8-10 KDa), belonging to the cytokine superfamily. They were first described as molecules regulating leukocyte trafficking throughout the body in both physiological and pathological conditions. Chemokines also regulate a plethora of different homeostatic processes, such as the formation of tissues during morphogenesis, neovascularization, angiogenesis and adaptive immune responses. Remarkably, the dysregulated expression and activity of chemokines/chemokine receptors in immune cells has been implicated in various pathological conditions, including autoimmune and chronic diseases, viral infections, and cancer. Thus, understanding the mechanisms by which chemokines act in modulating immunity and inflammation represents a mandatory step for translational aspects related to this family of mediators including new drugs targeting cancer metastasis, chronic infections and inflammatory diseases.
The organizing committee proposes, in this III European Conference, to cover all areas of the topic, including immunology, cell biology, structural biochemistry, inflammatory diseases and cancer. We will also include two special sessions covering new biophysical methodologies applied to study cell movement and cell extravasation processes ligated to immunotherapy of cancer.
A special welcome goes to all students and postdocs who will have multiple opportunities to exchange their ideas with colleagues in a very friendly environment.
Mario Mellado & Antonio Alcamí
(on behalf of the organizing committee)