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Registration opens for HudsonAlpha-Science's 2014 Conference on ImmunoGenomics

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 14 Registration opens today for the HudsonAlpha-Science 2014 Conference on ImmunoGenomics, to be held Sept. 29Oct. 1 on the HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus in Huntsville, Ala.

The event offers a dynamic program covering the major themes of this emerging scientific field. ImmunoGenomics sits at the heart of the movement toward 'personalized' medicine and the use of DNA sequencing to improve disease diagnosis and treatment. More information, including registration and sponsorships, can be found at the event site:

"The development of new tools and approaches are resulting in exciting advances in ImmunoGenomics, with implications for understanding fundamentally the immune system, as well as for applications to diagnosis and new therapy," said Barbara R. Jasny, Ph.D., Science's Deputy Editor for Commentary. "Science and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, are delighted to be partnering with HudsonAlpha and to be a part of this dynamic event featuring high-caliber speakers."

The conference is a joint endeavor between two organizations dedicated to advancing the scientific community and disseminating scientific knowledge and discovery: the journal Science and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The event's distinguished keynote speakers are Christophe Benoist (Harvard Medical School), Mary Ellen Conley (University of Tennessee College of Medicine), and Mark Davis (Stanford University School of Medicine).

The scientific program committee drew on expertise from around the world to define the event's program. The committee is chaired by Devin Absher and Jian Han, HudsonAlpha faculty investigators, and Kristen Mueller and Barbara Jasny, senior editors of Science. They are supported by several leading scientists: Lou Bridges (University of Alabama at Birmingham); Xuetao Cao (President, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China); Jean-Laurent Casanova (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rockefeller University); Alain Fischer (Imagine Institute, Necker Hospital, Paris, France); Dan Littman (New York University); Sara Marsal (University of Barcelona, Spain); and Harlan Robins (University of Washington/Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center).

The science program covers eight topics: genetic and epigenetic regulation of the immune system; genetic regulation of pathogen sensing; the microbiome; the genetics and epigenetics of complex disease; functional genomics; immunodiversity and individual responses to immune challenges; medical genomics, clinical applications, and immunotherapy; and insights into immune system function in monogenic diseases.

"We are thrilled for the HudsonAlpha campus to become again a global crossroads for scientists in this emerging field. The 2014 event is building on the success of our 2012 one and promises to be inspiring and even bigger and better," said Richard M. Myers, HudsonAlpha's president and scientific director.

The ImmunoGenomics 2014 conference promises a fun introduction to Southern cuisine, history, and attractions. The conference program includes a visit to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp and the Saturn V moon rocket designated a National Historic Landmark. Taking advantage of Huntsville's vibrant collection of local microbreweries, a "Hops on the Helix" beer festival will precede Wednesday's closing banquet and keynote address. The HudsonAlpha campus consists of 153 acres nestled within the second largest research park in the United States, Cummings Research Park.

The city of Huntsville, Alabama is renown in the Southeast for its high-tech economy, highly educated workforce, and its pivotal role developing space technologies and systems such as the Apollo Saturn V rocket to the moon, the Space Shuttle's main engines and booster, the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, and the modern day International Space Station and James Webb Space Telescope optics. Huntsville residents enjoy one of the highest per-capita incomes in the country, in a metropolitan area of approximately 430,000 people. Situated in the Tennessee River valley, Huntsville has the densest concentration of antebellum homes in the South (the Twickenham Historic District) and one of the largest arts enclaves in the Southeast (Lowe Mill), featuring more than 100 working artists and a live performance venue.

For more information, including sponsorship information and a list of confirmed speakers, or to register online, visit


Contact: Beth Pugh
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

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