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CEND Annual Symposium

Registration for the 8th Annual CEND Symposium

“Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer and Infectious Diseases” 

is Now Open!  

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Emerging and neglected diseases are a group of debilitating and often deadly infections. As a group, these diseases are poorly understood and generally lack effective tools for prevention, control, and treatment. CEND Annual Symposium aims to strengthen connections between San Francisco Bay Area scientists working on infectious diseases of global health importance and the broader global health research, product development, and advocacy communities. The symposium features a dynamic list of invited speakers from around the world, including scientists from developing countries. Each January the event attracts over 400 registrants. Participants include academic researchers from UC Berkeley, UCSF, Stanford, UC Davis as well as representatives from local biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and global health nonprofits.

8th Annual CEND Symposium

The 8th Annual CEND Symposium will take place on Friday March 25, 2016.

"Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer and Infectious Diseases”
Friday March 25th, 2016 — 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (reception and poster session to follow)
UC Berkeley, Li Ka Shing Center Auditorium, Room 245

This year, CEND is joining with UC Berkeley's storied Cancer Research Laboratory (CRL) to bring you leading figures in immunology and vaccinology at the forefront of developing immune based science to tackle the twin scourges of cancer and infectious diseases.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Rafi Ahmed, Emory University

James P. Allison, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Nina Bhardwaj, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital

Tom Dubensky, Aduro Biotech

Ira Mellman, Genentech

Louis J. Picker, Oregon Health and Sciences University

Registration is now open! Please go to the sign up site here to register.

This year's symposium will feature a poster session to complement the exciting line-up of plenary speakers. Posters are invited in topics relevant to the topic of the symposium including basic or translational science in infectious diseases, immunology, or immuno-oncology. You may submit a poster titles and abstract during your registration or via email with your name and affiliation to cend@berkeley.edu. Poster titles and abstracts must be submitted by March 11, 2016 .

Parking & Directions

Getting to UC Berkeley: Public transit | Driving

Downtown Bekeley BART: Li Ka Shing Center is 5-10 minute walk from Downtown Berkeley BART.

Public Parking garages:


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Street parking: Metered and two-hour street parking are available around campus, but it can be hard to find a spot. More information.

The 7th Annual CEND Symposium took place on January 9, 2015.

Vaccines and Therapeutics for Emerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases: From Science to Solutions

For a story about the 7th Annual Symposium, please follow this link.

Videos of the 2014 and 2015 CEND Symposium Events

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