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Role of Immune-Cell Subsets in the Establishment of Vector-Borne Infections

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Bethesda, Maryland
May 22-23, 2012

This workshop was the third in a series of activities focusing on the topic of how vector factors influence human immune responses to vector-borne pathogens. In May 2011 NIAID organized a meeting on the Immunological Consequences of Vector Derived Factors followed by a symposium during the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia, PA, in December 2011.

This third event focused on how the human immune response to vector factors influences pathogen transmission and pathogenesis. Another important goal of this meeting is to engage investigators in the human immunity, vector factors and pathogen immune evasion fields to collaborate in order to answer questions around this complex topic.

To ensure that the discussions are cross-cutting and stimulating, and that the interactions will lead to scientific collaborations, we developed a novel format for this meeting. Senior investigators presented talks that provided background information. Each senior investigator was expected to invite a senior postdoc or junior faculty who presented a hypothetical project that addresses a specific question related to the interaction among the three organisms involved in the spread of vector-borne diseases (human, pathogen and arthropod vector). This hypothetical project should showcase the young investigator’s expertise and creativity, and clearly lay out what additional expertise such a multi-disciplinary project would require. This format facilitated the assembly of collaborative research teams and generated discussions that may help young investigators initiate a new and independent research program in this field.

Last Updated January 07, 2013