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19 – 22 September 2016 | Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy

2016 marks the centenary of the death of Elie Metchnikoff, the Russian scientist who first discovered phagocytes. This centenary coincides with a surge of new molecular and cellular information about phagocytes that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. This renewed interest in phagocytes provides an ideal starting point for a meeting of cell biologists, immunologists, and developmental biologists interested in further exploring the phagocyte’s fundamental role in tissue biology, identifying gaps in our current knowledge, and defining disease pathways, beginning with infection and inflammation and extending beyond. The projected program will provide an in-depth analysis of a wide range of topics not covered in any meeting until now.


  • Role of Phagocytes in Innate Immunity
  • Origin and Recruitment of Phagocytes
  • Role of Phagocytes in Metabolic Disease
  • Cellular Mechanisms of Phagocytosis
  • Tissue-specialized Macrophages
  • Phagocytes in the Tumor Environment
  • Phagocytes and Pathogen Sensing