[Coral-List] Immunity on the Reef Mini Symposia at 12 ICRS

Mydlarz, Laura mydlarz at uta.edu
Fri Aug 12 11:10:58 EDT 2011

We are pleased to announce a mini symposia on coral and reef invertebrate immunity at the upcoming 12th ICRS. We invite researchers studying all aspects of coral and invertebrate immune defenses in the presence or absence of a pathogen and using any approach or techniques to submit abstracts and engage in some exciting discussions about immunity on the reef!



Laura Mydlarz (University of Texas Arlington), mydlarz at uta.edu<http://mydlarz@uta.edu>

Caroline Palmer (University of Texas Austin), carolinepalmer28 at gmail.com<http://carolinepalmer28@gmail.com>

Nikki Traylor-Knowles (Boston University), ntk17 at bu.edu<http://ntk17@bu.edu>

The increased rate of coral reef decline has made the need to understand how reef inhabitants defend themselves, from infection, predation, competition and abiotic stressors, very urgent. This mini-symposium will take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding immune mechanisms in numerous reef organisms. The goal of this symposium is to integrate immunological studies previously focused on model species, to make progress in the developing field of coral-reef organism immunology.  The goal will be attained via the dissemination of cutting-edge information on the immunological mechanisms of reef organisms, by discussing species similarities and differences, and by identifying avenues for further exploration. Presentation topics will encompass immunorecognition, signaling pathways, effector responses and ecological immunology and may be focused on any reef organism. Studies using multiple tools including genomics, biochemistry, histology and chemical ecology and those bridging the gap between molecular and ecological approaches are encouraged.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding the focus of this mini-symposia, but please use the ICRS website to formally submit abstracts.
Laura D. Mydlarz
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Arlington
Department of Biology
501 South Nedderman
Arlington, TX 76019
office ph. 817 272-0397
lab ph. 817 272-1499
fax 817 272-2855


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