Lecture - Prof Stephen Durham - "Allergen immunotherapy: a model of human antigen-specific tolerance"

27/04/2017 11:00 to 27/04/2017 14:00 (Europe/Luxembourg)

Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg


Prof Stephen DURHAM is Head of Section for Allergy and Clinical
Immunology at NHLI, Imperial College and Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital, London, United Kingdom


Allergen immunotherapy is highly effective in patients with severe seasonal
hayfever. Both subcutaneous and sublingual routes of administration are effective when given for 3 years and have been shown to induce long-term tolerance for at least several years thereafter. The mechanism of immunotherapy has been shown to involve suppression of local tissue eosinophilia and decreases in the IgE-dependent activation of mast cells and basophils through the induction of ‘protective’ long-lived memory T cell and B cell responses. In a recent single centre Immune Tolerance Network
NIAID-funded double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial (n=106), we showed that whereas 2 years grass pollen SLIT and SCIT were highly effective, 2 years was insufficient for long-term tolerance. There were coordinated effects observed on all 3 arms of the immune response with suppression of local and systemic effector cells, a decrease in antigen-
specific Class II tetramer-positive T cells and increases in ‘functional’ IgG blocking antibody responses that paralleled the clinical response to treatment. (Scadding G et al., JAMA 2017;317;615-25).




11:00 - 12:00 : LECTURE

Lycée Technique d'Esch/Alzette - Salle de projection audiovisuelle

12:30 - 14:00 : 'meet & eat'

House of BioHealth
Room Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

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