8th International Conference on Osteoimmunology: Interactions of the Immune and Skeletal Systems

Program - Sunday, May 15

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    Please note that Crete has two airports. You want to arrive at the Chania International Airport (code: CHQ) and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (~60 EUR). You may also rent a car at the airport and drive to the conference center. Alternatively the other airport (HER) is a two-hour drive to the Conference Center.

    Accommodation Tax

    An accommodation tax of € 4.00 per room night will apply, and will be charged automatically to the individual guest’s extras accounts. 


    Accommodations for the conference are at the Avra Imperial Hotel.  The hotel is located in Kolymbari, 39 km from Chania International Airport, 23 km from the Souda Harbor, and 23 km west of Chania town center.  Please take a taxi from the airport to the conference venue. 

    Arrival and Check-in

    It is expected that attendees will arrive/check-in after 3:00 PM. Anyone arriving after 10:30 pm on the first day should make alternative dinner arrangements.

    Conference Venue

    The Avra Imperial Conference Center is located at the hotel. 

    Handicapped Accessibility

    The site is fully handicapped accessible.

    Oral Presentations

    Speakers are asked to bring their USB flash drive to the reception desk at least 30 minutes prior to the session.  The allocated time for all presentations, unless otherwise indicated, includes five minutes Q&A.

    City Tour

    Buses for the city tour will depart from the hotel front lobby at 3:30 pm. Badges are required for participation. 


    Breakfast for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served at the Avra Imperial Hotel main restaurant during the hours scheduled in this program. 

    Lunches/Informal Discussions

    Lunches for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served during the times indicated in this program at the main restaurant and only after the session has finished. Badges are required for admission.

    Dinners/Informal Discussions

    Three of the dinners/informal discussion will be served during the times indicated in the program. Vegetarian entrees are available only upon request in advance of the meeting.  Please contact info@aegeanconferences.org. 

    Internet, Phone, & Computer

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    Certificate of Participation

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    Animals are not permitted on site.

    Badges are required for admission to all events.

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Sunday, May 15

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Session I
Chairs: Joseph Lorenzo and Natalie Sims
09:00 AM - 09:40 AM
Blood supply and antiviral immune defense in the bone marrow
Matthias Gunzer
09:40 AM - 10:20 AM
A stem cell basis for osteoblast versus adipocyte production
Matthew Greenblatt
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Parathyroid hormone receptor signaling in osteoblast lineage support of hematopoiesis
Joy Wu
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break
Session II
Chairs: Joseph Lorenzo and Natalie Sims
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Inspiration by non-canonical models for skeletal biology
Andrei Chagin
Short Talks
Chairs: Joseph Lorenzo and Natalie Sims
12:10 PM - 12:30 PM
IL-23 induced GDF15 contributes to trabecular bone loss, but does not affect skin, gut or joint inflammation
Renée Van der Cruyssen1,2, Eric Gracey1,2, Djoere Gaublomme1,2, Emilie Dumas1,2, Flore Stappers1,2, Julie Coudenys1,2, Tine Decruy1,2, Lars Vereecke1,2, and Dirk Elewaut1,2
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Supplementation with a single Bifidobacterium accelerates bone repair in aged mice
Joseph Roberts, Mateo Golloshi, Derek Harding, and Hicham Drissi
12:50 PM - 01:10 PM
Bone-specific alterations in tumour-intrinsic immune signalling in metastatic prostate cancer
Katie Owen1,7, Linden Gearing2, Aaron Meyers1, Niall Corcoran4,5, Paul Hertzog2,3, Chris Hovens4, Shahneen Sandhu6,7, and Belinda Parker1,7
01:10 PM - 01:30 PM
Systemic IL-27 administration prevents abscess formation and osteolysis via local neutrophil recruitment and activation
Yugo Morita1, Motoo Saito1, Javier Rangel-Moreno1, Anthony Franchini1, John Owen2, John Martinez1, John Daiss1, Karen de Mesy Bentley1, Stephen Kates2, Edward Schwarz1, and Gowrishankar Muthukrishnan1
01:30 PM - 01:50 PM
Utilizing microbe-derived agents to modulate inflammation and skew osteogenesis in ceramic-based bone substitutes
Nada Rahmani1,2, Anneli Duits1, Michiel Croes1, Paree Khokhani1,2, Jacqueline Alblas1,2, Debby Gawlitta2,3, Harrie Weinans1, and Moyo Kruyt1
01:50 PM - 03:30 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussion
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussion