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Annual meeting of the Belgian Immunological Society (BIS)

Satellite - Monday 7 December 2020

The 2-day conference on Translational Immunology will be preceded by the annual meeting of the Belgian Immunological Society (BIS). This satellite meeting “Fundamental Immunology: feeding the translational pipeline” will take place in the afternoon of 7 December 2020.

The BIS meeting will consist of two scientific sessions with presentations of:

  • Max Mazzone - VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology, BE
  • Sophie Lucas - de Duve Institute, UCLouvain, BE
  • Bénédicte Machiels - FARAH Center, ULiège, BE
  • Keynote lecture 4: tba

The satellite meeting is free of charge for BIS members. If you are a BIS member, please pay your annual membership fees ( and register to the BIS annual meeting by e-mail to Marta Romano (

Non-BIS members can buy a registration ticket for the satellite meeting for 50 euro (excl. vat) at the Translational Immunology website

All registrations for the 2-day conference are via the Translational Immunology website

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Program BIS 2020
Hour Title
13:00 – 13:30 registration-poster set-up
13:30 – 15:30 Session I Immunoregulation in cancer and other diseases
13:30 - 14:10 Massimiliano Mazzone, Lab of Tumor Inflammation and Angiogenesis, VIB-KU Leuven, BE
Harnessing tumor metabolism to overcome immunosuppression
14:10 - 14:50 Sophie Lucas, de Duve Institute, UCLouvain, BE
Targeting GARP on human Tregs: a novel approach for the immunotherapy of cancer?
14:50 - 15:00 Anje Cauwels, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology, BE
Specific targeting of Type 1 interferons to the tumor microenvironment or to DCs as a novel generic and safe cancer immunotherapy
15:00 - 15:10 Anneleen Remmerie, VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE
Osteopontin Expression identifies a subset of recruited macrophages residing in zones of established steatosis in the fatty liver
15:10 - 15:20 Kevin Englebert, Institute for Medical Immunology, ULB, BE
CD27 deficiency protects against the development of diet induced obesity
15:20 - 15:30 Leen Vandermosten Lab of Immunoparasitology, Rega Institute, KULeuven, BE
Adrenal hormones mediate disease tolerance in Malaria
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:20 Session II Innate immune cells
16:00 - 16:40 Bénédicte Machiels, Immunology-Vaccinology Laboratory, FARAH, Univ Liège, BE
Viral imprinting of innate immune cells shapes the long-term lung immunity
16:40 - 16:50 Cedric Bosteels, Lab of Immunoregulation, VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, BE
Interferon-activated inflammatory cDC2s acquire characteristics of cDC1s and macrophages to orchestrate immunity
16:50 - 17:00 Luis Munoz, University Hospital Erlangen, DE
Neutrophil extracellular traps are present in gall fluid and cause the formation and growth of gallstones
17:00 - 17:10 Lieve Temmerman, Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht, NL
The systemic acute myocardial infarction environment reprograms human macrophages
17:10 - 17:20 Karen de Vlaminck, Myeloid Cell Immunology lab, VIB Center for Inflammation Research, VUB, Brussels, BE
The fate and dynamics of microglia, border macrophages and monocytes during the onset and resolution of neuroinflammation
17:20 – 18:15 Keynote Lecture: Presenter tba
title tba
18:15-18:30 General Assembly of the Belgian Immunological Society
18:30 – 20:00 Reception and poster session