Centre for Inflammation Research

CIR / BSI conference ‘Inflammation: from Initiation to Restoration’

May 2019: The University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research and the British Society for Immunology's Inflammation Affinity Group organised and co-hosted an international conference ‘Inflammation: from Initiation to Restoration’ over 24–26 April 2019 in Edinburgh

Graphic illustration of a cell

The ~200 attendees enjoyed a superb selection of talks from a stellar cast of international and local speakers; examining the role of inflammation in causing tissue damage and the loss of tissue homeostasis, through modulation of the immune system by inflammatory processes, and into the repair and regeneration of tissue and resolution of inflammation.

The organisers were delighted when their entire wish list of invited speakers were all able to attend, with speakers including Luke O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin), Eicke Latz (University of Bonn), Tracy Hussell (University of Manchester), Margaret Frame (University of Edinburgh), Trian Chavakis (Dresden University), Gwen Randolph (Washington University), Minsoo Kim (University of Rochester), Claudia Mauri (University College London), Kodi Ravichandran (University of Virginia/Ghent), Alison Simmons (University of Oxford), Douglas Green (St Judes, Memphis) and Will Wood (University of Edinburgh).

Portrait photos of all the principal conference speakers

These sessions were complemented by excellent short talks, a very well received Early Careers Day, and a terrific evening with the award-winning Science Ceilidh group (including dancing the “Dashing White Blood Cell”), all enhanced by some beautiful Edinburgh sunshine!


Attendees and speakers alike clearly enjoyed the event, with speaker feedback including:

“I must thank you for inviting me to this great meeting! One of the best meetings I have attended in the last 5 years”

“I very much enjoyed the meeting - it was a real privilege to attend. Really brilliant programme.”


The CIR would like to thank the organising committee (particularly Peter Barlow, Emily Gwyer Findlay, and Alexandra Moreira), the great support from the BSI, the sponsors Acea Biosciences, Bio-techne, GSK, Miltenyi Biotech, ThermoFisher Scientific, UCB, and the supporters Biolegend, Biostatus, Epidarex Capital, Flowcel and InvivoGen.


Science Ceilidh group’s public, community and schools engagement work


British Society for Immunology Inflammation Affinity Group