Welcome to the Second TBSI-Weizmann Joint Meeting

Recent years have seen dramatic advances in our understanding of the molecular basis for immune defense.  Studies of the molecular interactions that contribute to innate and adaptive immunity keep providing new insights of the mechanisms by which our body responds to infection and injury. Detailed analysis of the structural basis for these interactions provides basis for design of new drugs that are successfully applied to fight infections, autoimmune diseases and cancer.

These subjects of research are intensely explored both at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) and at the Weizmann Institute. A year ago, in July 27-29 2014, the two institutes held a joined conference in Dublin with the aim of promoting cooperation between the two institutes. An agreement signed on this occasion between the two institutes provides the basis for exchange of students and of visiting scientists between them.

 The second joint meeting of the two institutes will be held at the Weizmann Institute on June 9-11 this year. Scientists of both Institutes will present recent advances in their studies. On this occasion, the Department of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute will also host several visiting students from the TBSI, and these students, as well several Israeli students, will present their work at the meeting.

The first two days of the meeting will be dedicated to recent advances in the study of the cellular and molecular basis for immune response and inflammation. Keynotes will be delivered by Richard Flavell, the Chairman of Immunobiology at the Yale school of Medicine and the President of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society, and by Zelig Eshhar, the 2015 winner of the Israel prize.

The session of the third day will be devoted to the structural basis for the function of biological molecules. It will be held jointly with a meeting devoted to Structural Genomics that will also be held at the Weizmann in that week.  A keynote in this session will given by Roger Kornberg , the 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry. 


Supported by: The Chorafas Institute for Scientific Exchange - Weizmann Institute of Science