PHILADELPHIA--Two University of Pennsylvania professors are serving as co-organizers of the Ninth International Conference on Innate Immunity , to be held June 23-28 in Ixia, Greece, on the island of Rhodes.
John Lambris , professor of research medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine , and George Hajishengallis , a professor in the Department of Microbiology in Penn’s School of Dental Medicine , will bring together researchers and students from around the world to share their research findings. It’s the only major conference in the world devoted exclusively to the innate immune system.
"Innate immunity is one of the key defense mechanism that our body has," Lambris said. "It’s the system that is activated immediately when you come into with a pathogen."
Lambris is a leader in the study of the innate immune system, specializing in research on the complement system, which reacts to pathogens by launching cascades of proteins to clear the body of invaders. Hajishengallis has also focused on the innate immune system in work that traces the mechanisms by which inflammation and infection lead to gum disease.
The conference is expected to draw 120 attendees who will present on subjects from biological mechanisms of innate immunity to therapeutics that rely on the innate immune system to fight infection.