Epithelial Barrier Theory

EAACI Summer Symposium on Epithelial Cell Biology​

Humans are exposed to a variety of toxins and chemicals every day. According to the epithelial barrier theory, exposure to many of these substances damages the epithelium, the thin layer of cells that covers the surface of our skin, lungs and intestine. 

Defective epithelial barriers have been linked to a rise in almost two billion allergic, autoimmune, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

The scientific community sees this as one of the three major threats to humanity, such as global warming and climate change, virus infection pandemic, such as COVID and Ebola.

Local epithelial damage to the skin and mucosal barriers lead to allergic conditions, inflammatory bowel disorders and celiac disease. 

There is a need to continue research into the epithelial barrier to Experimental models should be developed and validated to monitor the trafficking of environmental antigens to inform approaches for the prevention, early intervention and development of novel therapies. 

You can expect two exciting days with renowned scientists and interesting discussions.

Topics 2024

  • Epithelial barrier and immune response
  • Molecular control of epithelial barrier integrity
  • Environmental factors that induce epithelial barrier disruption
  • Microbiome and epithelial barriers
  • Air pollution and allergic diseases
  • Novel techniques and model mice to investigate epithelial barriers
  • Viral infections and metabolic changes in the Epithelial cells
  • Mitigation of epithelial barrier dysfunction for the prevention of diseases

Registration

  • Please note that the number of participants is limited to 100.
 

Abstract Submission

The results underscore the pressing need to establish a new safety standard for household cleaning products

WELCOME

Dear esteemed colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we extend a warm invitation to you for the EAACI Summer Symposium on Epithelial Cell Biology 2023, taking place in the memorable city of London, United Kingdom, on 21 – 22 September 2023.

In our daily lives, we are constantly exposed to a multitude of toxins and chemicals. According to the epithelial barrier hypothesis, many of these substances can cause damage to the delicate layer of cells that form the epithelium, which covers our skin, lungs, and intestine. The consequences of compromised epithelial barriers are far-reaching, contributing to the alarming rise of almost two billion cases of allergic, autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric diseases. The scientific community recognizes this as one of the three major threats to humanity, alongside global warming and climate change, as well as virus infection pandemics like COVID and Ebola.

Local damage to the skin and mucosal barriers can lead to allergic conditions, inflammatory bowel disorders, and celiac disease. It is essential to pursue research in the field of epithelial barriers, where experimental models must be developed and validated to better understand the transportation of environmental antigens. This knowledge will guide us in preventing these conditions, intervening early, and creating innovative therapies. During the symposium, you can expect two days filled with stimulating discussions and the opportunity to interact with distinguished scientists in the field. We have carefully curated an exceptional lineup of speakers who will share their expertise, fostering an environment of collaboration and knowledge exchange. With the collective efforts of our cherished attendees, we are confident that this event will once again be a resounding success, offering a remarkable platform for scientific engagement.

We are looking forward to meeting you in the captivating city of London, where we will come together to advance our understanding of epithelial cell biology and its implications for human health.

Warm regards,

The Organizing Committee

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