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JSPS-Crick Symposium on Gut Circuits

The gastrointestinal tract is a densely innervated organ that also contains the largest number of immune cells in the body. In addition, the gut lumen harbours a complex microbial community known as gut microbiota. Therefore, gut tissue constitutes a unique environment where microbes, neurons and immune cells are closely interacting within the same organ. This symposium will bring together researchers from across the fields of immunology, neuroscience, and microbiology, and will focus on how intestinal homeostasis is maintained by the gut tissue circuits. This symposium is supported by JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science). 

As part of the cultural collaboration, the symposium will also host art works by artist and scientist Dr. Jasmine Pradissitto whose work examines not only our physiological links to our brains, but also to the environment.

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  • 09:00


  • 09:30

    Opening remarks by Prof. Nobuo Ueno (Director, JSPS London)

  • 09:35

    Introduction by Dr. Yuuki Obata (Organizer, The Francis Crick Institute)

  • 09:40

    Dr. Chris Schiering (Imperial college London), Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor in Intestinal Immunity

  • 10:10

    Dr. Shinichiro Sawa (Kyushu University), If ILC3s are absent, what happens in the gut?

  • 10:40

    Coffee break

  • 11:05

    Dr. Yosuke Kurashima (Chiba University), Novel roles of accessory digestive organ in mucosal protection

  • 11:35

    Dr. Hilary Browne (Wellcome Sanger Institute), Transmission and host-adaptation of human intestinal microbiota

  • 12:05


  • 13:15

    Dr. Ana Carina Bon-Frauches (The Francis Crick Institute), Effect of the Gut Environment on the Homeostasis of the Enteric Nervous System

  • 13:45

    Mr. Junya Isosbe (Keio University), Commensal bacteria-derived butyrate induces T cell-independent IgA response

  • 14:15

    Coffee Break

  • 14:40

    Dr. Matthew R. Hepworth (The University of Manchester), Innate lymphoid cell regulation of host-microbiota crosstalk in health and disease

  • 15:10

    Dr. Kendle M. Maslowski (University of Birmingham), Using Bugs as Anti-Cancer Drugs 

  • 15:40

    Move to Auditorium 1

  • 16:00

    Keynote Lecture Prof. Gérard Eberl (Pasteur Institute), Regulation of Immunity and Brain by Microbiota, Chair: Yuuki Obata

  • 17:00

    Introduction about JSPS by Ms Asami Matsumura (JSPS London)

  • 17:15

    Poster presentation and drinks reception

  • 18:30


How to attend

Register for free to attend