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

Program - Monday, May 16

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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

    Wireless Internet access is located throughout the conference center free of charge during meeting hours. There are computers available in the hotel’s business center for the use of the attendees. Phone service is available for an additional charge from your hotel room.

    Certificate of Participation

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    Animals are not permitted on site.

    Badges are required for admission to all events.

    All Aegean Conferences events are non-smoking.

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Monday, May 16

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Session III
Chairs: Yongwon Choi and Iannis Adamopoulos
09:00 AM - 09:40 AM
Joint pain: a conversation between nerves, bone, and immune cells?
Anne Marie Malfait
09:40 AM - 10:20 AM
Elucidating the Osteoimmunology of Bone Infection and Developing a Vaccine Against S. aureus
Edward M Schwarz
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Parsing the paradoxical pyroptotic and osteoclastogenic fates of macrophages
Gabriel Mbalaviele
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break
Session IV
Chairs: Yongwon Choi and Iannis Adamopoulos
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM
The new pathways of resolution of inflammatory arthritis and its associated bone loss
Aline Bozec
Short Talks
Chairs: Yongwon Choi and Iannis Adamopoulos
12:10 PM - 12:30 PM
Deletion of transferrin receptor 2 (Tfr2) promotes macrophage activation and aggravates inflammation in serum transfer-induced arthritis.
Maria G. Ledesma-Colunga, Ulrike Baschant, Heike Weidner, Lorenz C. Hofbauer, and Martina Rauner
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
De novo steroidogenesis in tumor cells promotes osteoclastogenesis and bone metastasis formation
Joon B Huh1, Peter Benko1, Tom C Champion1, Toru Hiraga2, Bidesh Mahata3, and David S Gyori1
12:50 PM - 01:10 PM
Notch signal modulates phenotype and function of osteoclasts differentiated from common trilineage myeloid progenitor under inflammatory conditions
Masa Filipovic1,3, Darja Flegar1,3, Alan Sucur1,3, Natasa Kovacic2,3, Ivo Kalajzic4, and Danka Grcevic1,3
01:10 PM - 01:30 PM
Longitudinal evaluation of Wnt inhibitors and comparison with others serum osteoimmunological biomarkers in osteolytic bone metastasis
Luca Massaccesi1, Domenico DeToma3, Massimiliano Marco Corsi Romanelli1,4, Giuseppe Banfi2, and Emanuela Galliera1,2
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussion
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussion