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Co-hosted by Chinese Society for Immunology (CSI), British Society for Immunology (BSI), Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS), Oxford University, and co-organized by National Key Laboratory of Medical Immunology, the 1st CSI-BSI Joint Symposium on Immunology & the 5th CTI Symposium was held in Shanghai on May 24 to 28th, 2017.

Group photo from symposium 2017

At the opening ceremony, Prof. Xuetao Cao, Secretary-General of CSI, Prof. Zhigang Tian, President of CSI, Prof. Zihe Rao from Tsinghua University, Prof. Darren Nash from Oxford University, and Prof. Peter Openshaw, President of BSI gave speeches respectively, expressing their thoughts and confidence of the further collaboration between immunologists of two countries based on the platforms of CTI, CSI and BSI.

It was the first time for the Chinese-British Joint Symposium on Immunology, a further step for the bilateral collaboration between two countries, including the on-going collaborative education program for young scholars providing a strong support for the continuous exchanges and development of immunology between China and British.

32 experts from China and UK made brilliant reports mainly focused on: T cell and anti-tumor immunity; NK cell and anti-tumor immunity; Immune response to HIV, viral infections; Epigenetic regulation, innate response and inflammation; immune editing of cancer. The latest results and hot spots showing in these reports not only displayed the originality in basic immune research but also showed the potential applications in clinical immunology. Meanwhile, these reports demonstrated the continuous efforts made by the immunologists of both sides to promote the transformations from basic research into clinic applications.

As an important part of the symposium, Chinese and British experts discussed and made suggestions on how to further improve the bilateral collaboration in immunology research in different levels. Agreements have been made to initiate the joint young immunologist program, gender equality program and to continue the joint symposium on immunology.

This symposium has promoted and will continue to promote exchanges and collaboration between Chinese and British scientists, make unremitting efforts and positive contributions in promoting the development of immunology in the two countries.

Group photo of CSI-BSI symposium delegates

Report by Professor Huang Bo - Project Manager (China)