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Tissue-resident immune cells: A concepts in Geroscience postdoctoral fellows symposium

June 4–6, 2019

Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, NIH, Bethesda, MD

(seating is limited)

Research over the past several decades suggests that aging results from changes at the level of biomolecules, organelles and cells. These are manifest in tissues and the whole organism as declining resilience and losses of function, with increased frailty and susceptibility to disease. Among the cells that may be important in aging physiology are the tissue-resident immune cells (TRICs). These are important for immune surveillance and integrity of tissues throughout the body, affecting functions in adipose depots, mucosa, skin, gut, for example. Resident immune cells are also linked directly to pathological conditions including non-sterile inflammation, obesity, tumorigenesis, and other conditions for which aging is a major risk factor in their development. Their wide distribution makes it important to understand the multiple functions served by TRICs in a variety of tissues and diseases. For this reason, nine institutes of the National Institutes of Health have come together in support of a symposium on tissue-resident immune cells. The overarching goal is to gain insight into the participation of these cells in the biology of aging. However, to achieve that goal, it is important to have a broad view of TRIC functions in diverse tissues as studied at any age across the lifespan.

This is the second such Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium organized by the NIH’s Geroscience Interest Group, which focuses on the next generation of researchers.

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Symposium Organizing Committee

(alphabetically by NIH institute):

NCI: Kevin Howcroft & Chamelli Jhappan

NEI: George McKie

NHLBI: Young Oh

NIA: Ron Kohanski

NIAID: Mercy Prabhudas & Merriline Vedamony

NIDCR: Preethi Chander & Leslie Frieden

NIDDK: Kristin Abraham

NIMH: Jovier Evans

NINDS: Rod Corriveau