Webinars

Series of 90-minute webinars, every 2-3 months, starting on Monday 11th January 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 2021 EMBRN meeting scheduled for Utrecht has been postponed to the summer of 2022 due to COVID-19.

In the meantime, we would like to host a series of 90-minute webinars, every 2-3 months, with a keynote speaker and presentations from MSc, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, who will be completing their studies, or other graduate students with very interesting results. This will give them a chance to present their results as there are currently no opportunities to present in person at scientific conferences.

We ask EMBRN members with junior researchers to select one person from their group to submit an abstract to the webinar that fit the theme of the research best (Title, Authors (Surname & initials), Affiliations, max. 100-200 words main text) for consideration to be included in the first webinar. Seven students will be selected to make presentations of 8 minutes each (plus 2 minutes Q&A). If many abstracts will be sent, the chance is that many will also unfortunately not be able to be selected. Please, do not be too disappointed if your abstract is not selected. We will provide an additional opportunity to present your work at our next EMBRN meeting in 2022.

The theme of the first webinar is Mast cells as targets for novel treatments (Chair: Prof. Marcus Maurer) - Date of webinar: Monday 11th January 2021, 17:00 CET - successfully finished -

The theme of the second webinar is From mast cell biology to mast cell-targeted treatments (Chair: Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer) - Date of webinar: March 3rd, 2021: 09.00 – 10.30 CET


Further webinars are planned in March and June next year on “Basophils in health and disease” and “Mast cell functions in allergies and infectious diseases”. A separate call for these topics will be sent at a later date.

We look forward to your abstracts and hope, despite the difficult circumstances, that our webinars will provide a stimulating forum for presenting your research.

Kind regards,

Francesca Levi-Schaffer & EMBRN Council

1st EMBRN Webinar

1st EMBRN Webinar: “Mast cells as targets for novel treatments”

Chair: Prof. Marcus Maurer

January 11, 2021: 17.00 – 18.30 CET

We thank the presenters of the first EMBRN webinar and all the participants. We are incredibly happy with the interest in this first webinar exceeding our expectations.

The recording is now available for everyone to watch here.

Agenda

Introduction Aim and scope of the EMBRN webinars

Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer, EMBRN President (5 minutes)

Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Unit, Institute of Drug Research, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

 

Keynote presentation

Mast cells as targets for novel treatments

Prof. Marcus Maurer, EMBRN Past President, webinar chair

(20-25 minutes)

Director of Research, Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin,

Germany

 

Selected oral presentations (6 min presentation and 4 min Q&A and discussion each)

  1. Chalatip CHOMPUNUD NA AYUDHYA (Philadelphia,PA, USA): Role of Tyrosine residues in MRGPRX2 on G protein and β-arrestin-mediated signaling in response to substance P
  2. Jessy ELST (Antwerp, Belgium): MRGPRX2 and immediate drug hypersensitivity: insights from cultured human mast cells
  3. Jiajun HE (Sichuan, China): Validation of a novel immunomodulatory compound for restoring tolerance
  4. Pier PUZZOVIO (Jerusalem, Israel): Revisiting the effect of cromolyn sodium on human and murine mast cells
  5. Willem ABMA (Stockholm, Sweden): Prostaglandin D2 inhibits mediator release and antigen induced bronchoconstriction in the guinea pig trachea by activation of DP1 receptors
  6. Deisy SEGURA-VILLALOBOS (Mexico City, Mexico): Cyclic hypoxia promotes a hyperresponsive phenotype to FcεRI crosslinking in mast cells

 

Brief summary, 2nd webinar announcement, farewell


2nd EMBRN Webinar

2nd EMBRN Webinar: “From mast cell biology to mast cell-targeted treatments”

Chair: Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer

March 3rd, 2021: 09.00 – 10.30 CET

Join the Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98022806955

Meeting ID: 980 2280 6955

Agenda

Keynote presentation

From mast cell biology to mast cell-targeted treatments

Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer, EMBRN President (20-25 minutes)

Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Unit, Institute of Drug Research, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

Selected oral presentations (6 min presentation and 4 min Q&A and discussion each)

  1. Sabin ACHARYA (Daejeon, Korea): Inotodiol ameliorates Th2 mediated airway inflammation by attenuating mast cell activities in a mouse model of asthma
  2. Eva CONDE (Paris, France): Anti-IgE vaccination prevents human IgE-mediated severe anaphylaxis in humanized mice
  3. Caterina IULIANO (Munich, Germany): Targeting mast-cell plasticity re-shapes the tumor microenvironment of melanoma
  4. Jielu LIU (Stockholm, Sweden): Distinct lipid mediator release and contraction by MRGPRX2 agonist and antigen in guinea pig trachea
  5. Vadym SULIMENKO (Prague, Czech Republic): Multifunctional fluorescently labeled polymer-coated GdF3 nanoparticles inhibit degranulation in rat basophilic leukemia (RBL) cells
  6. Roberta SULSENTI (Milan, Italy): Repurposing of the antiepileptic drug levetiracetam to restrain adenocarcinoma and neuroendocrine prostate cancer

 

Brief summary, next webinar announcement, farewell

BRIEFING – Pre-Recording via zoom (3 March 2021)

Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98022806955

Meeting ID: 980 2280 6955

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