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The BSI Comparative and Veterinary Immunology Group relaunches with symposium and logo competition

CVIG is an affinity group of the British Society for Immunology and aims to bring together veterinary, human and mouse immunologists and provide a forum for discussion, collaboration and exchange of ideas.

The Comparative Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG) aims to bring together veterinary, human and mouse immunologists and provide a forum for discussion, collaboration and exchange of ideas. 

Edinburgh researchers Lindert Benedictus (Roslin Institute) and Sean Wattegedera (Moredun Research Institute) are members of the organising committee leading the group, alongside colleagues from the University of Bristol and the Pribright Institute.

To achieve these aims the newly-relaunched CVIG will organise focussed meetings and conferences or themed sessions within conferences such as the BSI annual congress.
As part of its relaunch CVIG is hosting a meeting  "Frontiers in Human and Veterinary Antibody Discovery" on 26-27 November 2018 at the Pirbright Institute, UK.  
Frontiers in Human and Veterinary Antibody Discovery symposium

CVIG logo design competition

The reinvigorated CVIG wishes to have a recognisable logo to promote its activities.
The winner* will receive £50 of Amazon vouchers plus a free registration for the inaugural meeting - details below!
Please submit your designs by email to Lindert Benedictus before 31 July 2018. 
*Design copyright will be transferred to the BSI and BSI retains the right to amend the logo. 

Frontiers in Human and Veterinary Antibody Discovery

The Frontiers in Human and Veterinary Antibody Discovery meeting will be held 26-27 November 2018 at The Pirbright Institute. 
This meeting is being organised by CVIG in conjunction with The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network (VVN).
CVIG and UK VVN have a shared vision that this meeting will advance our knowledge and understanding of B cell biology and stimulate new cross collaborations. This is an excellent opportunity to join a great line-up ofinternational experts and to discuss the latest developments in this field.

The CVIG committee:

Elma Tchilian – The Pribright Institute

Sean Wattegedera  – Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh

Linda Wooldridge – Univeristy of Bristol Vet School

Lindert Benedictus – Roslin Institute University of Edinburgh

Provisional Programme

Monday 26 November

10:00: Registration and refreshments

10:50: Welcome

Session 1: Structure guided immunogen design

11:00 Peter Kwong, National Institutes of Health, USA

11:30 Sarel Fleishman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

12:00 Simon Draper, University of Oxford, UK

12:30 Andrew Martin, University College London, UK

13:00: Lunch

Session 2: Antibodies of animal and human

14:00 Mike Criscitiello,Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, USA

14:30 Deborah Dunn-Walters, University of Surrey, UK

15:00 John Hammond, The Pirbright Institute, UK

15:30: Refreshments

Session 3: B cell help and regulation

16:00 Seph Borrow, University of Oxford, UK

16:30 Michelle Linterman, Babraham Institute, UK

17:00 Claudia Mauri, University College London, UK

17:30 Mala Maini, University College London, UK

19:00: Conference dinner

Tuesday 27 November

Session 4: Translating antibodies – Therapeutics and adjuvants

09:00 Jacqueline Achkar, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA

09:30 Davide Corti, HuMabs, Switzerland

10:00 Richard Pleass, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

10:30: Refreshments

Session 5: Identification of antigen targets and epitopes

11:00 David Stuart, University of Oxford, UK

11:30 Alain Townsend, University of Oxford, UK

12:00 Bruno Correia, EPFL, Switzerland

12:30 Velislava Petrova, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

13:00: Lunch

Session 6: B cell biology in health and disease

14:00 Ad Koets, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Netherlands

14:30 Ramit Mehr, Bar-llan University, Israel

15:00 Anne Corcoran, Babraham Institute, UK

15:30: Wrap up – closing remarks

Tea/Coffee & Networking