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Symposium SM6—Materials in ImmunologyFrom Fundamental Material Design to Translational Applications

Understanding the interactions between materials and the host immune systems lays the foundation for biomaterial design. Significant progress has been made in the field in the past few years, ranging from developing biomaterials to resist the foreign body response and camouflaging nanoparticles to avoid immune recognition to actively modulating cell phenotypes and inducing antigen-specific immune responses in a highly efficient manner. This symposium will cover a broad topics from fundamental material-immune cell interactions to translational applications of materials in immunotherapy. Symposium attendees with broad science, engineering and biomedical expertise can expect to be exposed to state-of-the-art developments in this fast growing interdisciplinary area.

Topics will include:

  • Immune response to materials
  • Materials in controlling macrophage polarization
  • Fundamental material design for reducing innate immune recognition
  • Stimulation of humoral and cellular immune responses with materials
  • Immuno-modulatory materials for inducing antigen-specific tolerance

Invited Speakers:

  • Kazunari Akiyoshi (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Daniel Anderson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Kaitlin Bratlie (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Dennis Discher (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Jennifer Elisseeff (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Aaron Esser-Kahn (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Rosemarie Hunziker (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Shaoyi Jiang (University of Washington, USA)
  • Benjamin Keselowsky (University of Florida, USA)
  • Jaeyun Kim (Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea)
  • Kristina Nilsson-Ekdahl (Linnaeus University, Sweden)
  • Buddy Ratner (University of Washington, USA)
  • Kara Spiller (Drexel University, USA)
  • Susan Thomas (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jason Wan (National Institutes of Health, USA)
  • Liangfang Zhang (University of California, San Diego, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Hao Cheng
Drexel University
Materials Science and Engineering
215-895-1640, hcheng@drexel.edu

Wendy Liu
University of California, Irvine
Biomedical Engineering
949-824-1682, wendy.liu@uci.edu

Minglin Ma
Cornell University
Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
607-255-3570, mm826@cornell.edu

Cherie Stabler
University of Florida
Biomedical Engineering
352-273-9327, cstabler@bme.ufl.edu