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Maternal-Fetal Newborn Immunity

October 28-29, 2021 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CEST*
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Worldwide, deaths from adverse pregnancy outcomes of preterm birth (PTB) and stillbirth (SB) represent the longest, deadliest pandemic in human history. Neonatal infection (e.g. sepsis) is the main cause of death for children under 5 years; with premature babies being especially susceptible to infection. While the final common pathway for SB, PTB and neonatal sepsis is associated with aberrant inflammation in the maternal-fetal dyad, lack of insight into the underlying mechanisms has hampered identification of effective upstream preventative or downstream therapeutic interventions. A focus on immune regulation during pregnancy and in early life is thus urgently warranted. This interdisciplinary Keystone Conference on maternal-fetal-newborn immunity brings together the world’s experts across maternal, fetal and neonatal/infant immunity for the first time with the following goals:

  1. Identify the most important gaps in knowledge as well as experimental and analytical technology to answer the question: What is the problem? What is needed to tackle it?
  2. Craft the conceptual framework around the immunology of the maternal-fetal-newborn dyad to answer: How does the problem/s and possible solutions fit into the broader areas of immune -tolerance, -resilience, -resistance? How will the work proposed shift current paradigms?
  3. Initiate a global consortium to tackle adverse pregnancy outcomes on the necessary global scale. This is to answer: What does it take to recognize the maternal-fetal-newborn unit as one biological unit? What does it take to make this a global priority?

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Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: Sept. 16, 2021
‣ For ePoster Presentation: Oct. 14, 2021
Final ePoster / SciTalk Submission: Oct. 17, 2021
Financial Aid Application: Oct. 14, 2021

*Abstract submission is required in order to submit an ePoster and/or Scitalk


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Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine-related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

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Submit your abstract by the Short Talk Deadline for the opportunity to be selected for a short talk presentation alongside field leaders on the meeting program!

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  • Abstract Description
  • An embedded ePoster with an optional downloadable PDF
  • SciTalk – up to 5-minute video presentation, available on demand
  • A poster table at the Live Poster Session to present your work and answer audience questions in real-time
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  • Contact information for private follow-up discussion

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Program Details

Keynote Speaker

[Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD]

[Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD]
[World Health Organization, Director of the Global Malaria Programme]

Speaking at this eSymposia

Kjersti M. Aagaard

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, USA

Galit Alter

MIT and Harvard University, USA

Petra Arck

University Medical Center Hamburg, Germany

Carolyn B. Coyne

Duke University, USA

Brice Gaudilliere

Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Kevin Paul Kane

University of Alberta, Canada

Sabra L. Klein

Johns Hopkins University, USA

Tobias R. Kollmann

Telethon Kids Institute, Australia

Joy Lawn

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Tippi MacKenzie

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Arnaud Marchant

Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Mihai G. Netea

Radboud University, Netherlands

Ajoke Sobanjo-ter Meulen

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Tamara Tilburgs

Cincinnati Children's Hospital, USA

Valerie Verhasselt

University of Western Australia, Australia

Dorothee Viemann

Hannover Medical School, Germany

Sing Sing Way

Cincinnati Children's Hospital, USA





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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant No. [GRANT NUMBER - UPDATE] from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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