For Better and For Worse: Bacterial Cell Wall Interactions with the Host

We are delighted to invite you to a focused workshop ‘For Better and For Worse: Bacterial Cell Wall Interactions with the Host’ on Monday 18th September (the day before ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ symposium.

For Better and For Worse: Bacterial Cell Wall Interactions with the Host

This a free workshop funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) through an MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Award.

We constantly interact with bacteria throughout our lives. Mostly this is benign and often beneficial to us. However, things can go wrong in terms of our response to harmless bacteria and when we are attacked by pathogens. A key signal of our interaction is the bacterial cell wall and in particular the structural polymer peptidoglycan. We constantly monitor peptidoglycan levels both to keep the peace and to determine if certain bacteria have declared war. The workshop will explore how we are beginning to understand the complex interplay, how this might be exploited and the key challenges for the future.

Date: Monday 18th September 2017 (pm)
Venue: University of Sheffield
Registration: Open to all (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Registration link: Click here


Workshop programme:
14:00 – 14:10 Welcome & Introduction – Professor Simon Foster, University of Sheffield.
14:10 – 14:50 The peptidoglycan as a signalling molecule in the host  – Professor Ivo Boneca, Institut Pasteur, France
14:50 – 15:30 Particulate Staphylococcus aureus cell wall activates host innate immune responses against S. aureus – Professor Lee Bok Luel, Pusan National University, Korea
15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Break
16:00 – 16:40 Peptidoglycan interaction with the immune system – Professor Friedrich Goetz, University Tuebingen, Germany
16:40 – 17:00 Open discussion
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks reception

*This is a draft programme, and as such is subject to change.*