Phagocytes in Health and Disease

Phagocytes in Health and Disease

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By

Biochemical Pharmacology Discussion Group

The New York Academy of Sciences


Macrophages and dendritic cells are multifunctional cell types present in most vertebrate tissues. Collectively known as mononuclear phagocytes, these cells are best known for their roles in immunity. However, a number of recent studies highlight their importance in a variety of physiological contexts including systemic metabolism, cold adaptation, tissue homeostasis, and development. Consistent with this broad array of essential functions, mononuclear phagocytes are also important contributors to various pathological conditions, including atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, obesity and type 2 diabetes, fibrosis and cancer. The recent discovery of many additional cellular functions and corresponding diseases are starting to transform the view of macrophages and dendritic cells from specialized anti-microbial defenders to a multi-faceted cell type of critical importance in tissue development and homeostasis in complex metazoans.

This symposium will bring together leaders in the fields of immunology, cancer biology and tissue regeneration to highlight emerging roles for phagocytes in health and disease and develop new conceptual frameworks to integrate macrophage and dendritic cell functions with mammalian development, physiology and tissue biology.


Nonmember Academia, Faculty, etc.
Nonmember Corporate, Other
Nonmember Not for Profit
Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow

Keynote Speaker

Miriam Merad, MD, PhD,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Daniel Mucida, PhD,
The Rockefeller University
Carla Rothlin, PhD,
Yale School of Medicine
Yasmine Belkaid, PhD,
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Richard Zigmond, PhD,
Case Western Reserve University
Nina Bhardwaj, MD, PhD,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Karim el Kasmi, MD, PhD,
Boehringer Ingelheim
Marco Colonna, MD,
Washington Unversity School of Medicine

Scientific Organizing Committee

Dianne Cox, PhD,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
John Hambor, PhD,
Boehringer Ingelheim
Jim King, PhD,
Boehringer Ingelheim
Sara Donnelly, PhD,
The New York Academy of Sciences
Sonya Dougal, PhD,
The New York Academy of Sciences