Immune Homeostasis and Inflammatory Disease

Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover/Germany, November 6-8, 2014

Image courtesy of Michael Howitt and Wendy Garrett, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Image courtesy of Michael Howitt and Wendy Garrett, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
In Herrenhausen, Hanover, Nature Medicine and the Volkswagen Foundation held the ninth conference in the Herrenhausen Symposia series.

There has been a wealth of studies elucidating the complex interplay between environmental factors, immune cell subsets and cellular sensors driving chronic inflammation. Emerging data suggests that environmental factors, including commensal microbes and dietary components, can influence immune cell development and disease. Several studies are clarifying which particular cell types, including innate lymphoid cells and novel helper T cell subsets, are detecting these factors, as well as the sensors in these cells triggering the production of inflammatory mediators.

This symposium aimed to take a broad look at emerging data in this field, surveying how recent developments in our understanding of immune homeostasis can be harnessed to develop new therapeutics to treat disease.

Scientific Sessions

Session 1:  Host-microbe interactions
Session 2:  Dietary influences on immunity
Session 3:  Innate lymphoid cells
Session 4:  Helper T cell subsets
Session 5:  Innate immune receptors and signaling
Session 6:  The inflammasome

Speakers List

  • Eugene Chang (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Ajay Chawla (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
  • Thirumala Devi-Kanneganti (St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital USA)
  • Vishwa Deep Dixit (Yale University, USA)
  • Gerard Eberl (CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)
  • Yang-Xin Fu (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Wendy Garrett (Harvard School of Public Health, USA)
  • Veit Hornung (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Thomas Korn (Technische Universität München, Germany)
  • Andrew MacPherson (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Benjamin Marsland (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Andrew McKenzie (Medical Research Council, UK)
  • Venizelos Papayannopoulos (Medical Research Council, UK)
  • Immo Prinz (Hannover Medical School, Germany)
  • Marco Prinz (University of Freiburg, Germany) Caetano
  • Caetano Reis e Sousa (London Research Institute, UK)
  • Gregory Sonnenberg (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Tim Sparwasser (Hannover Medical School, Germany)
  • Fayyaz Sutterwala (University of Iowa, USA)
  • Jenny Ting (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA)


  • Kevin Da Silva (Nature Medicine, USA)
  • Oliver Grewe (Volkswagen Foundation, Germany)


Download: List of Participants (pdf)