Centre for Inflammation Research

A Cell for All Seasons: Macrophages in Health and Disease

The Macrophages@EdUni interest group are delighted to hold the 8th Annual Macrophage Symposium to showcase the amazing work being done in the field of macrophage biology in Edinburgh.

This year we are delighted to have Prof. Sonia Garel (IBENS, France) as our Keynote speaker, as well as invited speakers Prof. Christoph Schneider (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Dr. Oliver Pearce (QMUL, UK). Local speakers include Prof. Will Wood, Dr. Ananda Mirchandani, Dr. Douglas Gibson and Dr. Aida Rodrigo Albors. We will also pay tribute to our colleague and founder of this symposium, Prof Jeffrey Pollard, who died in 2023.


Register on the University of Edinburgh's ePay system. Registration will close on Friday 24th May 2024.

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Flash talks

Following the success of recent years, we will have flash talks from PhD students and postdocs with prizes for the best talks in each section. While this was limited to University of Edinburgh PhD students/postdoc in previous years, this year we are opening this to all PhD or postdocs who register.

To submit an abstract, please email your abstract (max 250 words) to macrophages@ed.ac.uk by 26th April 2024.

Presenters of selected abstracts will be notified by 3rd May. Selected talks will be 5 minutes with 2 minutes for questions.

Travel awards

The Professor Jeffrey Pollard Memorial Fund has kindly provided funding to support the travel costs for two PhD or postdoctoral researchers to travel to Edinburgh for the conference. To apply, please download the application form, complete and send to macrophages@ed.ac.uk by 26th April 2024.


Please note that this is an in-person only event. We are unable to provide online access to registrants. Also, this event has a maximum of 200 participants and registration may close prior to the deadline (Friday 24th May) is this maximum is reached.


  • 8:45-9:15: Registration
  • 9:20-9:30: Welcome
  • 9:30-10:00: Oliver Pearce (Queen Mary University, London)
  • 10:00-10:45: PhD students’ 5-minute competition
  • 10:45-11:15: Coffee break
  • 11:15-11:20: Sponsor talk: BioLegend
  • 11:20-11:45: Douglas Gibson (University of Edinburgh)
  • 11:45-12:10: Aida Rodrigo-Albors (University of Edinburgh)
  • 12:10-12:15: Sponsor talk: ScaleBio
  • 12:15-13:15: Lunch
  • 13:15-14:00: Keynote – Sonia Garel (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
  • 14:00-14:45: Postdocs’ 5-minute competition
  • 14:45-14:50: Sponsor talk: Parse Biosciences
  • 14:50-15:20: Coffee break
  • 15:20-15:25: Sponsor talk: 10x Genomics
  • 15:25-15:50: Ananda Mirchandani (University of Edinburgh)
  • 15:50-16:15: Will Wood (University of Edinburgh)
  • 16:15-16:45: Christoph Schneider (University of Zurich)
  • 16:45-17:00: Closing + Awards


  • BioLegend
  • Miltenyi
  • Parse Biosciences
  • ScaleBio
  • Vazyme
  • Vizgen
  • 10x Genomics

A Cell for All Seasons: Macrophages in Health and Disease

8th Annual Symposium

John McIntrye Conference Centre