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

18 immunologists from UK participated in this symposium, including Prof. Tom Blundell from Cambridge University, Prof. Andrew McMichael, Prof. Tao Dong, Prof. Darren James Nash, Prof. Vincenzo Cerundolo, Prof. Jane Alison McKeating, Prof. Ling-Pei Ho, Prof. Sarah Louise Rowland-Jones, Prof. Alison Simmons from Oxford University, Prof. Andrew Macdonald from Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research (MCCIR), Prof. Andrew James Godkin from Cardiff University, Prof. Anne O’Garra from The Francis Crick Institute, Prof. Arne Nalpon Akbar from UCL, Infection & Immunity, Prof.Marina Botto, Prof, Peter John Morland Openshaw, Prof.XiaoNing Xu from Imperial College London, Prof. Timothy John Elliott from University of Southampton, Prof. Richard Michael Maizels from University of Glasgow. Prof. Catherine Georgia Kenyatta from KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. Chinese immunologist representatives included Prof. Zihe Rao, Prof. Li Wu, Prof. Chen Dong from Tsinghua University, Prof. Xuetao Cao from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences; Prof. Zhigang Tian from School of life sciences, University of Science & Technology of China; Prof. Jiahuai Han from Xiamen University, Prof.George F. Gao, Prof. Bing Sun from the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Prof.Fusheng Wang from Beijing 302 Hospital. Prof. Limin Zheng from Sun Yat-Sen University; Prof.Qingqing Wang from Zhejiang University, Prof. Zhengfan Jiang from Peking University; Prof. Yuzhang Wu from Third Military Medical University. Prof. Bing Su from Shanghai JiaoTong University.

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.