Welcome message from the Organising Committee
Dear esteemed colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that we extend a warm invitation to you for the EAACI Summer Symposium on Epithelial Cell Biology 2023, taking place in the memorable city of London, United Kingdom, on 21 – 22 September 2023.
In our daily lives, we are constantly exposed to a multitude of toxins and chemicals. According to the epithelial barrier hypothesis, many of these substances can cause damage to the delicate layer of cells that form the epithelium, which covers our skin, lungs, and intestine. The consequences of compromised epithelial barriers are far-reaching, contributing to the alarming rise of almost two billion cases of allergic, autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric diseases. The scientific community recognizes this as one of the three major threats to humanity, alongside global warming and climate change, as well as virus infection pandemics like COVID and Ebola.
Local damage to the skin and mucosal barriers can lead to allergic conditions, inflammatory bowel disorders, and celiac disease. It is essential to pursue research in the field of epithelial barriers, where experimental models must be developed and validated to better understand the transportation of environmental antigens. This knowledge will guide us in preventing these conditions, intervening early, and creating innovative therapies.
During the symposium, you can expect two days filled with stimulating discussions and the opportunity to interact with distinguished scientists in the field. We have carefully curated an exceptional lineup of speakers who will share their expertise, fostering an environment of collaboration and knowledge exchange.
With the collective efforts of our cherished attendees, we are confident that this event will once again be a resounding success, offering a remarkable platform for scientific engagement.
We are looking forward to meeting you in the captivating city of London, where we will come together to advance our understanding of epithelial cell biology and its implications for human health.
The Organizing Committee
Mohamed ShamjiEAACI VP Congresses
Ioana AgacheEAACI Past president
Cezmi AkdisEAACI Past president and WG chair