Nature Conference “Grand Challenges in Immunology: Immunotherapy for Cancer and Beyond” was held in Qingdao, China


Nature conference “Grand challenges in immunology: immunotherapy for cancer and beyond”, was successfully held at June 11-13, 2019, in Qingdao, China. It was organized by Chinese Society for Immunology (CSI), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Cellular & Molecular Immunology (CMI), Nature Immunology (NI), and Nature Reviews Immunology (NRI). Prof. Zhigang Tian from USTC, Prof. Xuetao Cao from Nankai University, Prof. Arlene Sharpe from Harvard Medical School, and Prof. Jeff Pollard from University of Edinburgh, co-chaired this conference.

Prof. Zhigang Tian giving his opening speech

Prof. Xuetao Cao making his keynote lecture

Prof. Arlene Sharpe making her keynote lecture

Besides co-chairs of the conference, 30 famous immunologists from various countries were invited to give their remarkable speeches on cancer immunotherapy and its challenges, including Prof. Mark Smyth from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia, Prof. Sebastian Amigorena from PSL Research University, France, Prof. Cornelis Melief from Leiden University Medical Center, Netherland, Prof. James Riley from University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Christopher Klebanoff from James Riley University of Pennsylvania, USA, Prof. Weidong Han from Chinese Peoples Liberate Army Gen Hospital, Prof. Dario Vignali from University of Pittsburgh, Prof. Sergio Quezada from UCL Cancer Institute, UK, Prof. Masanori Hatakeyama from the University of Tokyo, Japan, Prof. Romina Goldszmid from National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA, Prof. Naoko Ohtani from Osaka City University, Japan, Prof. Francesco Colluci from University of Cambridge, Prof. Zusen Fan from Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Jessica Strid from Imperial College London, Prof. Chenqi Xu from Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, CAS, China, Prof. Yuting Ma from Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Prof. Jeff Rathmell from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA, Prof. Bo Huang from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Prof. Carla Rothlin from Yale School of Medicine, Prof. Erwei Song from Sun Yat-Sen University, China, Prof. Fangfang Zhou from Soochow University, China, Prof. Taoyong Chen from Second Military Medical Immunology, China, and Prof. Yang-Xin Fu from UT Southwestern, USA.

More than 500 scholars and students from various countries attended this conference, some of which were selected to give poster presentations. Dr. Alexandra Flemming, chief editor of NRI, Dr. Ursula Weiss, senior editor of Nature, and Dr. Zoltan Fehervari, senior editor of NI, also attended this conference. This conference created a platform for international communications between famous immunologists and attendees, and gave an opportunity for direct dialogue between editors from famous journals and immunology researchers.