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10th Waddensymposium: “antibodies: central players in therapy and disease”

June 24-June 26, 2018

Scientific/ organizing committee:
Prof.dr. W.E. Fibbe, Prof.dr. F. Koning, Prof.dr. P.W.H.I. Parren, Dr. L.A. Trouw

The theme of the 10th Waddensymposium 2018 will be: “Antibodies: central players in therapy and disease”. Research within the department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion includes studies of the role of antibodies in pathology of disease, studies of antibody-mediated mechanisms such as effector function (including complement activation), or the use of antibodies as reagents and tools. Current developments on the use of antibodies as diagnostic markers but especially also the development of novel antibodies as therapeutics have major impact on several of the LUMC medical research profiles including “Immunity, Infection and Tolerance”, “Cancer pathogenesis and treatment”, “Vascular and Regenerative Medicine” and “Neurosciences”. To this end, we intend to address three major topics namely: Antibody composition & Complement, Antibodies in disease and therapy and Antibody pathogenicity.

The symposium includes three scientific sessions from Monday until Tuesday afternoon. Each of the three major topics will be introduced by a tutorial, followed by scientific presentations. There will be ample time for formal as well as informal discussions. The informal atmosphere supports fruitful interactions between the senior opinion leaders and colleagues and young researchers.

Several (inter)national keynote speakers such as prof. Ronald Taylor [USA], prof. Ludvig Sollid [Norway], dr. Stephen Beers [UK] and prof. Gerhard Krönke [Germany] already confirmed to participate.

The Waddensymposium has a workshop format, hosting a limited (up to 50) and highly selected number of participants. This format provides talented young scientists an optimal setting to interact with the invited experts. The symposium’s conclusions are combined and aimed for publication as position paper.