Cytokines in Barrier Immunity – ICIS Member Symposia at FOCIS 2023 

ICIS Member Symposium at FOCIS 2023


Boston, MA, USA
June 20-23, 2023
Annual Meeting

13:30 – 15:00 EST on Tuesday, June 20, 2023


Session Chairs: Shruti Naik, Ph.D. and Brian Kim M.D. Ph.D.

Session Description:

Cytokine and cytokine-modulating therapies have demonstrated tremendous efficacy against cancers and in inflammatory diseases. These disorders are particularly prevalent at epithelial barrier sites such as the skin, gut, and lung. Our symposium showcases exciting advances on how cytokines maintain health and provoke disease in barrier tissues by bringing together leaders from different disease areas including inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, atopic diseases, neurological diseases and cancers. We highlight how cytokines dynamically control immune cell development and function. In addition, our featured speakers are pioneering efforts to understand the mechanisms by which cytokines facilitate dialogue between immune and non-immune cells and the profound consequences for disease predilection and pathology. Such interdisciplinary discussions will shed light on next-generation therapies to modulate both cytokines and their cellular targets.


  • 13:30 – INTRODUCTION
    Drs. Shruti Naik, Ph.D. NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Brian Kim M.D. Ph.D. Mt Sinai School of Medicine
  • 13:35 –  Skin immunity, Dr. Niroshana Anandasabapathy, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • 13:55 –  Early-life intestinal immunity, Dr. Gretchen Diehl, PhD, Associate Professor, Immunology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute
  • 14:15 –  Lung immunity and repair, Dr. Ruth Franklin, PhD, Assistant Professor: Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • 14:35 –  Intestinal immunity and neuroimmune crosstalk, Dr. Jun Huh, PhD, Associate Professor, Immunology, Harvard Medical School 

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