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EMBO Workshop

Antibodies and complement: Effector functions, therapies and technologies

28 June – 01 July 2018 | Girona, Spain

About the Workshop

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The antibody response and the complement system are major effector arms of the immune system. Both have been involved in a plethora of pathological conditions—including autoimmunity, allergy, infections and cancer—and regulate, mainly through their receptors (FcR and CR respectively) cell activation, migration, survival but also metabolism. As the portfolio of antibody—and complement-effector function grow, high-end technological solutions are developed and novel therapeutic applications are proposed.

This EMBO Workshop will focus attention on key advances in both fields with the aim at fostering discussions between antibody experts and complement experts. Some of the critical topics to be covered include antibody & complement functions, FcR and CR, Ab glycosylation and anti-inflammatory activity, Structure-function linkage, Novel technologies, complement and antibody therapies.

This EMBO Workshop on Antibody & Complement will be a forum for leaders in the field and new investigators coming from academia, industry and research institutes to discuss where the field is going and what challenges lie ahead.

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Registration includes:

  • Registration
  • Single (academic, industry) or double occupancy (students/post-docs) for 3 nights at the 4* hotel venue
  • All meals & coffee breaks, drinks during poster sessions
  • Guest registration includes accommodation (shared with the primary registrant), food and coffee breaks, but does not include participation in the workshop program

Selection criteria

Abstracts are reviewed and selected by the workshop organizers based solely on the quality of content. Organizers may also select some abstracts for a short oral presentation at the workshop. All abstracts are assigned a poster number for presentation during a poster session at the meeting.

19 short-talks will be chosen from the selected abstracts by session chairs for oral presentations (7, 10 or 15 minutes depending on the session).

Abstract guidelines

Exclude email addresses, phone numbers, hyperlinks, keyword lists, comments, text or image boxes.

2200 characters including spaces. Also includes title, authors, affiliations, references and funding.

One abstract per submitting author per meeting. Submitting author and account name must match. Submitting author must be underlined.

Poster specifications

Each poster will have 1 m by 1 m (3.3 ft by 3.3 ft) of space available for display.

Travel grants

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors (EMBO, EFIS, Antibodies, Complement Technology, Biolegend) 18 travel grants have been attributed to participants by the selection committee:

Travel Grant Awardees

Title First name Last name Country Travel Grant Financial Support
Mr. Jérémy Dufloo France 650 € EFIS
Ms. Eleanor Foy United Kingdom 500 € EFIS
Dr. Latha Prabha Ganesan United States 500 € Antibodies
Ms. Andrea Ipsen Escobedo Germany 650 € EFIS
Mrs. Swetha Lankipalli India 1.000 € EMBO
Ms. Rena Liu United Kingdom 500 € EMBO
Ms. Sofia Macari United Kingdom 500 € EFIS
Ms. Marina Mané Damas Netherlands 500 € EFIS
Mr. Michael Marshall United Kingdom 500 € CompTech
Mr. Eriberto Natali Italy 500 € EMBO
Mr. Kashyap Patel United States 500 € Biolegend
Mr. Benjamin Peschke Switzerland 500 € CompTech
Dr. Marija Pezer Croatia 600 € EFIS
Mrs. Olga Polezhaeva Russia 650 € EFIS
Mr. Joshua Sopp United Kingdom 650 € EFIS
Mr. Julien Stackowicz France 650 € EFIS
Mr. Mark Waterhouse United Kingdom 650 € EFIS
Dr. Olga Zaitseva Croatia 500 € EMBO

Meeting Awards

Jury : Pr Galit Alter (USA), Pr Jose Caaveiro (Japan), Pr Menna Clatworthy (UK), Pr Mark Cragg (UK), Pr Fred Finkelmann (Israel),

Pr Andrea Tenner (USA).

Oral presentation Dr Mark Waterhouse (UK) 250€

Dr Klaus Eyer (France) 250€

Poster presentation Mr Georgios Delidakis (USA) 150€

Dr Guillaume Mottet (France) 150€

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Eden Roc

Punta Port Salvi s/n

Sant Feliu de Guixols

17220, Girona, Spain


Students/post-docs registration: 2 person room sharing

Academic/Industry registration: single room

Superior Double Rooms have terraces with sea view, bathroom, hair dryer, toilet, satellite-TV, minibar, safe, direct-dial telephone and central heating.


Outside pools

2 Restaurants: abundant barbecue buffet at noon and in the evenings a buffet with selected specialties of the region.

Comfortable lounges, elegant living rooms, 2 bars, bridge and billiards room.


The venue is located near Girona-Costa Brava Airport.

Transportation from Barcelona and Girona airports will be arranged if attendance to the meeting is sufficiently high (buses would be departing from both airports at times will we indicate closer to the meeting dates). We ask the confirmed participants to inform our secretary about their arrival airport and time.

In the event that buses can be arranged, the bus will be waiting on the ground floor of terminal 1, with a sign stating the name of the meeting. We cannot know in advance which platform the bus will be parked at, but the driver will be waiting for you.

About the Area

The Eden Roc Hotel is located only 1 km away from Sant Feliu de Guixols, in a unique and quiet peninsula. The clear Mediterranean sea surrounds the 360 meter wide Eden Roc Resort.

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