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SFB F70 International Symposium: "Translating T cell immunology: Histone deacetylases - from basic research to clinical application"

19. - 20.09.2022, Van-Swieten Saal, Medical University of Vienna

19. September 2022
9:15 - 17:45

20. September 2022
9:15 - 12:45

Medical University of Vienna
Van Swieten Saal
Van-Swieten-Gasse 1a, 1090 Wien

International symposium of the special research program (SFB F70) "HDACs as regulators of T cell-mediated immunity in health and disease”

For our international symposium "Translating T cell immunology: Histone deacetylases - from basic research to clinical application" we have assembled a great line-up of speakers with talks covering chromatin & epigenetics, HDAC biology and function, clinical application of epigenetic inhibitors as well as a special session dedicated on characterizing regulatory mechanisms of T cell-mediated immunity using OMICS approaches.

List of Speakers

  • Wayne Hancock
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA, USA
  • Johan Henriksson
    Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden
  • Andrew Howden
    University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  • Ricky W. Johnstone
    University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
  • Felix Meissner
    University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • Alexander Rudensky
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
  • John Schwabe
    Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology, Leicester, UK
  • Christian Seiser
    Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Virginia Shapiro
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, MN, USA
  • Golnaz Vahedi
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA, USA
  • Femke van Wijk
    University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Anton Wutz
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH, Zurich, Switzerland


09:15 - 10:50 Session I: Chromatin & epigenetics
Chairs: Christian Seiser & Michael Bonelli

  • 09:15 - 09.20 Welcome           
  • 09:20 - 10:05 Anton WUTZ: Histone deacetylase and nucleosome assembly complexes contribute to X chromosome inactivation in mouse embryonic stem cells
  • 10:05 - 10:50 Golnaz VAHEDI: A multi-enhancer hub endows competence for T cell differentiation

10:50 - 11:20 coffee break

11:20 - 12:50 Session II: HDAC - function & structure 
Chairs: Karl Kuchler & Wolfgang Reiter

  • 11:20 - 12:05 John SCHWABE: Diverse structures, mechanisms and functions of class I HDAC complexes
  • 12:05 - 12:50 Christian SEISER: Set-up of genetic models mimicking isoform-specific class I HDAC inhibitors

12:50 - 14:00 lunch break: lunch provided

14:00 - 15:45 Session III: HDAC-mediated control of T cell immunity   
Chairs: Thomas Krausgruber & Valentina Stolz

  • 14:00 - 14:45 Virginia SHAPIRO: HDAC3 represses cholesterol efflux during CD4 T cell activation
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Wanye HANCOCK: Why Do Tregs Express Both HDAC1 and HDAC2, With Opposite Effects on Treg Function, in at Least 3 Multiprotein Coregulatory Complexes?”

15:45 - 16:15 coffee break

16:15 - 17:45 Session IV: Epigenetics and Clinical application
Chairs: Iris Gratz & Ashley Zhu

  • 16:15 - 17:00 Femke VAN WIJK: Human Treg adaptation; location matters, …. or not?
  • 17:00 - 17:45 Ricky W JOHNSTONE: Altered histone acetylation dynamics regulates tumor and immune cell phenotype and functions

09:15 - 12:05 Session IV: OMICS approaches in immunology  
Chairs: Nicole Boucheron & Markus Hartl

  • 09:15 - 10:00 Andrew HOWDEN: Mapping T cell environment sensors and signalling pathways using quantitative proteomics
  • 10:00 - 10:45 Felix MEISSNER: Decoding Intercellular Immune Signaling Networks by Quantitative Proteomics
  • 10:45 - 11:15 coffee break
  • 11:15 - 12:05 Johan HENRIKKSON: Interpreting single-cell multiomics: new readouts and machine learning

12:00 - 13:00 CLOSING Session – keynote lecture
Chairs: Wilfried Ellmeier & Teresa Preglej

  • Alexander RUDENSKY: Peripheral differentiation of Treg cells


We cordially invite all interested colleagues to attend our symposium. Attendance will be free of charge, however is limited to a total number of 150 participants. Please use the registration form below if you plan to attend.

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Covid Regulations

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Wilfried Ellmeier

Institute of Immunology