Description of event:
Pathogenic Processes in Asthma and COPD
Scientific Organizers: Marsha Wills-Karp, Jay K. Kolls and Sebastian L. Johnston
January 10—15, 2013
Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) and asthma continue to be important causes of morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs worldwide. However, the underlying causes of asthma and COPD remain poorly understood, even as the incidence of such diseases continues to increase. Recent discoveries have uncovered strong associations between both lung
function and immune responses in early life and the subsequent development of persistent asthma and chronic airway obstruction in adulthood. However, to date, no meeting has taken advantage of these recent discoveries. The overall goal of this meeting is to draw together investigators from multiple disciplines doing work relevant to understanding the genetic
, epigenetic and environmental factors and mechanisms that affect the development of asthma and COPD. The specific goals of the meeting are to: 1) explore recent insights into the genetic
and epigenetic origins of asthma and COPD; 2) understand the relationship between early life environmental exposures and impaired lung
function throughout life; 3) understand the relationship between lung
infections as well as changes in the intestinal microbiome and the development of chronic lung
diseases; 4) understand the role of newly described innate immune cell
populations and pathways
in the development of lung inflammation
; 5) understand recent insights into the mechanisms of lung
development, repair and remodeling; and 6) explore unique pathways
of lung inflammation
. By bringing together a critical mass of multidisciplinary researchers, this symposium should provide an ideal forum for exploring novel prevention and treatment strategies for these chronic respiratory diseases based on the identification of the genetic
and environmental factors that interactively cause these disorders. Moreover, this meeting will serve to provide an in-depth exposure for junior investigators (graduate students and post-docs) to a fast-moving, fruitful area of medical research, as well as enticing such scientists into the field. Opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions
will be significantly enhanced by the concurrent meeting on Type 2 Immunity
: Initiation, Maintenance, Homeostasis and Pathology
, which will share a keynote address and two plenary sessions with this meeting.
The Santa Fe Community Convention Center is located within a few blocks of the Santa Fe marketplace, where local Indians exhibit and sell their hand-crafted products. Museums, art galleries and restaurants are easily accessible. Downhill and cross-country skiing is available at the nearby Santa Fe Ski Basin. Keystone Symposia will arrange a complimentary ski shuttle from the hotel to the Santa Fe Ski Basin.
Conference Center Notes: The Santa Fe Community Convention Center is located in a separate building from the guest rooms. A short walk outside will be necessary to access the convention center.
Shuttle Information: A free shuttle to and from the Santa Fe Ski Area will be provided for Keystone Symposia conferees. Twenty seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. Sign up sheets will be located on the message board at the meeting.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 West Marcy
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2032
160 U.S. Highway 6, Suite 200
PO Box 1630
Silverthorne, CO 80498