Lisbon Meeting

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Due to the volatile pandemic situation, the first WG and second MC meetings and young researcher workshop is planned as a hybrid event in Lisbon from 16-18.02.2022, with only a limited number of members being invited to be physically present in Lisbon. However, every effort is being made to ensure that all members interested in participating in the WG/MC meetings and workshop will also be able to do so virtually if not in person.

Local Organisers: Ana Espada de Sousa, Karine Marie Serre and Natacha Gonçalves Sousa

Conference Committee: Espen Bækkevold, Sven Brandau, Annika Malin Bruger, Joanna Cichy, Delia Cosgrove, Francesca Finotello, Bárbara Gomes, Yasin Kaymaz, Jan Kraśko, Andreas Kremer and Bárbara Gomes, Andreas Schlitzer and Alexandra Stege

Venue: Virtual (for participants not eligible for reimbursement) and in situ at SANA Metropolitan Hotel, R. Soeiro Pereira Gomes, Parcela 2, 1600-198 Lisboa (only for participants eligible for reimbursement).

Mye-InfoBank members who haven’t received virtual access to the proceedings by 14.02.2022 should please contact for the connection details.

>> CLICK HERE for Programme as pdf


IMPORTANT: Please bear in mind that Portugal's time zone (GMT) is the same as that of Ireland and UK.


13:00 – 19:00

Introductory Round



Highlighting important concepts, challenges and technologies with relevance to our Action, covering the Mye (myeloid immunology), Info (omics, data, computational biology), Bank (biobanking and disease) aspects as well as give some insight into the WG 4 topics of dissemination and stakeholder involvement.

The following 20 (key) network members have been invited to give a 10 min presentation each, plus 4 min planned for discussion and 1 min for presentation switch:

13:00 – 14:45

Action Chairs - Welcoming words
Aedin Culhane - What we learned from collecting 5,000 gene signatures of cancer
Andreas Schlitzer - Using OMICS approaches to delineate human in vivo myeloid cell function
Federica Eduati - Mechanistic mathematical modelling of the tumour microenvironment
Francesca Finotello - Computational inference of the cellular composition of complex tissues from bulk RNA-seq
Kim Ravnskjaer - A single cell-resolved view of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
Yang Li
- Integration of multi-omic and single-cell data for understanding immune response: from healthy to disease

14:45 – 15:10


15:10 – 16:55

Ioannis Iliopoulos - Concept discovery and protein protein interaction prediction using text mining approaches
Sven Brandau - Neutrophils in cancer: how can we make use of the bad guys?
Celso Reis - Advances in glycomics and glycoproteomics in inflammation and cancer
Jeff Pollard - Can macrophage diversity predict therapeutic response?
Ivan Ballesteros - Heterogeneity of neutrophils
Panayotis Verginis - Re-programming of myeloid-derived suppressor cells in cancer
Yuval Shaked - A subset of myeloid cells as a biomarker for immunotherapy response

16:55– 17:20


17:20 – 19:00

Alexandra Stege - Clinic-associated biobanking at the Charité (ZeBanC)
Ana Espada de Sousa - Myeloid profiling: a perspective from the infection field
Gianluca Matteoli - Myeloid cells in inflammatory bowel disease
Sérgio Dias - Biobanking procedures
Roman Hrstka - as a national network of medical research biobanks
Andreas Kremer - Sharing of DATA and NEWS - is there anything in common?
Marina Makrecka-Kuka - Applied Scicomm. Lessons learned from COST and H2020



19:00 onwards

Dinner for participants in situ


09:00 – 12:30

Parallel WG Meetings



WG 1 Mye-Matrix

WG 2 Mye-SOP WG 3 Mye-Disease WG 4 Mye-Dialogue
Moderators: Andreas Schlitzer and Yasin Kaymaz
Moderators: Gosse Adema and Sven Brandau Moderators: Alexandra Stege and Espen Bækkevold Moderators: Jan Kraśko, Andreas Kremer and Bárbara Gomes

Which databases and OMICS modalities to prioritise?

Towards a harmonised approach for data mining and integration

Interaction with WG 3

Any other issues raised by WG 1 members








Organise the scientific interaction with WG 1 and WG 3

Planning and initiation of Mye-TMCI, a tissue-based study on myeloid cells in cancer and inflammation, executed by members of Mye-InfoBank

Any other issues raised by WG 2 members







Joint development of a survey for available sample collections

Discussion of the framework for the selection of DACIs

Any other issues raised by WG 3 members








Importance of internal communication with other WGs

Drafting a communication strategy for Mye-InfoBank, taking into account:
- expectations from the inside and outside audiences
- choice of platform
- internal mechanics of tending to publishable content (posting, moderating)
- press release ideas
- call for active content creators

Glimpse into the IP options concerning our Action

Considerations regarding involvement of the private sector

Improvised additional topics



12:30 – 13.30

Lunch break


13:30 – 16:30





Plenary session with all members:

  • Feedback and conclusions from parallel WG meetings
  • Common language and inter-WG communication
  • Define & plan future training schools
  • Define & plan the research agenda for next 12 months



16:30 onwards

Sunset walking tour of Lisbon for participants in situ


09:00 – 13:00

Mye + Info + Bank Young Researcher Virtual Workshop


Moderators: Joanna Cichy and Annika Malin Bruger

09:00 – 09:10 - Annika Malin Bruger - COST: Opportunities for Young Researchers

09:10 – 10:05 - Mye

10:05 – 10:50 - Info 11:20 – 12:10 - Bank

Joanna Cichy - Introduction to "Mye"

Andreas Schlitzer - Introduction to "Info"

Espen Bækkevold - Introduction to "Bank"

Jo Van Ginderachter - Macrophages (biomarkers, populations in different conditions, detection methods)

Florent Petitprez - Transcriptomic-based estimation of the tumour microenvironment composition

Sérgio Dias - Introduction to biobanking

Gosse Adema - DCs (biomarkers, populations in different conditions, detection methods)

Mirjana Efremova - scRNAseq data normalising and integration

Espen Bækkevold - Introduction to histology

Zvi Fridlender - Neutrophils (biomarkers, populations in different conditions, detection methods)

10:50 – 11:20 - Break

David Bejarano - 100-plex analysis (Codex)

12:10 – 13:00 - Young Researcher Presentations by Carolina Carreira Jardim (Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina Lisboa) and Beatriz Ferreira (Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IBiMed) and Ilidio Pinho Foundation, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Aveiro). Round Table Discussion.


13:30 – 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00


2nd MC Meeting

According to the Agenda circulated to the MC and the COST Association (Science and Administrative Officer)

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