Advances in Immunology in Health and Disease

  • 16 – 20 August 2016

Advances in Immunology in Health and Disease

This five-day residential course aims for talented postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers to deepen the fundamental knowledge in immunology and to understand the immunological aspects of major diseases.

Cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases and allergies are common disorders in developed countries. They are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Hong Kong and many other countries in the region. While researchers here have been able to successfully characterise the clinical presentation and outcome of these conditions, basic immunology research in these areas are still underdeveloped.

This conference will focus on such immunology research, including abnormal immune level responses that lead to cancer and autoimmunity development. This is essential in elucidating the cause of common disorders and could facilitate the design of more specific, efficient and safe therapies through immunoregulation.

The course is limited to a maximum of 35 participants who will have the opportunities to learn and interact with world-renowned international scientists and local scientists through seminars and interactive discussion sessions. All participants will be required to give poster presentations and approximately ten will be selected to give short oral presentations about their research projects in a lecture.

Language: All events are conducted in English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.

Course directors

Professor Chak Sing Lau

Daniel C K Yu Professorship in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Chair of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at The University of Hong Kong


Professor Tak Wah Mak

The University of Toronto

About your speakers

Professor Fred Alt

Department of Genetics, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Professor Chen Dong

Institute for Immunology, Tsinghua University

Professor Mikael Karlsson

Department of Microbiology Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet

Professor Yong Jun Liu


Professor Tak Wah Mak

Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, University of Toronto

Professor Marc Pellegrini

The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Professor Jeffrey Pollard

MRC and U of E Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh

Dr Vera SF Chan

Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Professor Zhiwei Chen

AIDS Institute, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Professor Chak Sing Lau

Department of Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Professor Liwei Lu

Department of Pathology, LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Professor Chun Kwok Wong

Department of Chemical Pathology, Institute of Chinese Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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