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Macrophages and Inflammation

25 oct. 10
- 27 oct. 10

Antonio Celada (IRB Barcelona) and Alberto Mantovani (Instituto Clinico Humanitas-IRCCS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy) Barcelona, Spain. 25-27 OCTOBER, 2010



This conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers interested in the role of macrophages in inflammatory response, and the acute and chronic inflammation that is related with the development of several diseases.

At the onset of inflammation, macrophages behave as pro-inflammatory cells (with a destructive effect) and at the end, they behave as anti-inflammatory cells (with a reparatory effect). An excess of pro-inflammatory activity is associated with the development of chronic inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc), while an excess of anti-inflammatory activity leads to fibrotic diseases (sclerodermia, pulmonary and liver fibrosis, etc).

In addition, considerable evidence indicates that inflammation is at the origin of and is a factor in the progression of other diseases including cancer and certain cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes. These diseases are slowly disabling or fatal and affect a high percentage of the population. Current research efforts focus on dissecting the molecular mechanisms behind the inflammatory response in order to provide an extensive array of targets for the development of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Organised by IRB Barcelona with the collaboration of the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Foundation (fBBVA).

Hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC).

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Registration deadline: July 15, 2010

There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts, a number of which will be selected for short talk and poster presentations. Abstracts should include a title, authors, affiliations, summary (max 250 words) and references.


The BARCELONA BIOMED CONFERENCE on Macrophages and inflammation will be hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in the heart of downtown Barcelona. Talks will take place in the Sala Prat de Riba.

Institut d'Estudis Catalans
C. del Carme, 47
08001 Barcelona

Tel +34 932 701 620
Fax +34 932 701 180


How to reach the IEC:

From Barcelona El Prat airport:

Via Taxi
A taxi from the airport to the IEC should take about 25 minutes and cost around 25-30 euros depending on traffic and luggage.

Via Train
The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gracia station, in about 25 mins and costs 2.80 Euros for a single ticket. Change here for the Green Line metro to Liceu. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the metro station (see map).

Via Bus
A transfer service called "Aerobus" will also take you from the airport to Plaça Catalunya and costs 4.25 Euros. The journey time is around 30 minutes. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Girona airport:

The "Barcelona bus" runs a transfer service between Girona Airport and Barcelona's city centre, scheduled to coincide with Ryan Air flights. The bus stops right outside the airport and will take you to Estacio d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona's main bus terminal), with a journey time of about 1 hr 10 min. The nearest Metro stop to the bus station is Arc De Triomf, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station (exit the bus station Sortida Nàpols). Take the Red Line (L1) to Plaça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Sants train station:

Transfer to the metro Red Line (L1), and get off at laça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

If you are arriving locally:

  • metro Metro
    Plaça Catalunya (lines 1 and 3)
    Liceu (line 3)
  • ffcc FGC
    Plaça Catalunya (train from Sarrià)
  • renfe Renfe
    Plaça Catalunya
  • bus Buses
    41, 55, 141 (Plaça Catalunya stop)
    14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop)

Barcelona Metropolitan Transport webiste (with metro and bus maps)


Speakers will be lodged at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas
c/ Pelayo, 28
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 316 84 00
Fax: +34 93 316 84 01
e-mail: ramblas.comercialhoteles-catalonia.es

Other hotels
A list of additional hotels within walking distance of the IEC can be found at: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/hotels/hotelmaps/ramblas-hotel-barcelona.html (The IEC is located near the blue point 08/5 star). Rates will vary depending on choice of hotel and season. Please check with the hotel of your choice directly for the best offer.

Another possibility is the Residencia dels Investigadors (Investigators Residence Hall), which has an agreement with the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and the Catalan Government. It is located just behind the IEC, and is available for short-term stays. Rates (valid from 01/10/08- 31/08/09) range between 51-68 euros for a single room, to 71-94 euros for a double room.

Residencia dels Investigadors
C/ Hospital, 64
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 443 86 10
Fax: +34 93 442 82 02
e-mail: investigadorsresa.es

Participants registered for events in the Barcelona BioMed series should contact the hotels and residences directly to arrange bookings and payment.



Antonio Celada (IRB Barcelona) and Alberto Mantovani (Instituto Clinico Humanitas-IRCCS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy)


  • Marco Colonna, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO, USA)
  • Paul L. Fox, Lerner Research Institute (Cleveland, OH, USA)
  • Dimitry I. Gabrilovich, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL, USA)
  • Frederic Geissmann, INSERM U838, Université Paris-Descartes (Paris, France)
  • Derek W. Gilroy, University College London (London, UK)
  • Christopher K. Glass, University of California at San Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA)
  • Siamon Gordon (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Veit Hornung, University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany)
  • Michael Karin, University of California at San Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA)
  • Gerald Krystal, Terry Fox Laboratory (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Klaus Ley, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (La Jolla, CA, USA)
  • Massimo Locati, University of Milan (Milan, Italy)
  • Jorge Moscat (University of Cincinnati, OH, USA)
  • David M. Mosser, University of Maryland (College Park, MD, USA)
  • Jeffrey W. Pollard, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, NY, USA)
  • Dr. Jenny Pan-Yun Ting, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)
  • Ira Tabas, Columbia University (New York, NY, USA)
  • Argyrios N. Theofilopoulos, The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA, USA)
  • Emil Unanue, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO, USA)
  • Thomas A. Wynn, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD, USA)