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Immunology Seminar: Eliisa Kekäläinen, 5th December

December 5th, 2023, at 14 – 15 (Finland time)
Virtual event

Eliisa Kekäläinen, Translational Immunology Research Program, University of Helsinki & HUS Diagnostic Center, Helsinki University Hospital: “The thymus, thymopoiesis, and thymic pathologies – relevant only in rare diseases?”

Register latest Dec 4th at https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/A9FF7AB612EC68AE

Host: Riitta Lahesmaa ( rilahes@utu.fi )

Immunology seminar series is jointly organised by the Finnish Society for Immunology, InFLAMES Flagship and Turku Bioscience. For further information contact Anne Lahdenperä (ankahy@utu.fi ) or Riitta Lahesmaa ( rilahes@utu.fi ), University of Turku.


Eliisa Kekäläinen, M.D. Ph.D., research group is based at the University of Helsinki, and is part of Translational Immunology Research Program. Eliisa Kekäläinen has wide interest in immunodeficiency diagnostics and immunological tolerance. Her research focuses especially on the primary immunological organ the thymus. She is interested in how e.g. common viral infections and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation affect thymus function, how they could better measure thymopoiesis in clinical situations, and what kind of pathological processes in the thymus lead to immunodysregulation in autoimmune diseases such as myasthenia gravis. Eliisa Kekäläinen works also at the HUS Diagnostic Center Clinical Microbiology and Immunology (Helsinki University Hospital) where she mainly focuses on immunodeficiency laboratory diagnostics.

Selected publications:

  • Ilonen I, Kytö V, Kekäläinen E. Health Consequences of Thymus Removal in Adults. N Engl J Med. 2023 Nov 2;389(18):1725-1726. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2310640. PMID: 37913515.
  • Myllynen C, Sarkkinen J, Atula S, Tienari P, Kekäläinen E, Laakso SM. A skewed ratio of free light chains is more common in patients with late-onset than early-onset myasthenia gravis. Immunol Lett. 2023 Aug;260:81-88. doi: 10.1016/j.imlet.2023.07.001. Epub 2023 Jul 4. PMID: 37414259.
  • Sarkkinen J, Dunkel J, Tuulasvaara A, Huuskonen A, Atula S, Kekäläinen E, Laakso SM. Ectopic germinal centers in the thymus accurately predict prognosis of myasthenia gravis after thymectomy. Mod Pathol. 2022 Sep;35(9):1168-1174. doi: 10.1038/s41379-022-01070-2. Epub 2022 Mar 25. PMID: 35338262; PMCID: PMC9424113.
  • Hetemäki I, Kaustio M, Kinnunen M, Heikkilä N, Keskitalo S, Nowlan K, Miettinen S, Sarkkinen J, Glumoff V, Andersson N, Kettunen K, Vanhanen R, Nurmi K, Eklund KK, Dunkel J, Mäyränpää MI, Schlums H, Arstila TP, Kisand K, Bryceson YT, Peterson P, Otava U, Syrjänen J, Saarela J, Varjosalo M, Kekäläinen E. Loss-of-function mutation in IKZF2 leads to immunodeficiency with dysregulated germinal center reactions and reduction of MAIT cells. Sci Immunol. 2021 Nov 26;6(65):eabe3454. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.abe3454. Epub 2021 Nov 26. PMID: 34826260.

Immunology seminar series: Liv Eidsmo, 14th November

November 14th, 2023, at 14-15 Finland time
Virtual event

Liv Eidsmo, MD, PhD, LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center, Copenhagen, Denmark:

Maintenance and renewal of skin resident T cells in inflammatory skin diseases

Host: Riitta Lahesmaa ( rilahes@utu.fi )

Registration latest November 13th at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/584ABB98FFE02F8F

Immunology seminar series is jointly organised by the Finnish Society for Immunology, InFLAMES Flagship and Turku Bioscience. For further information contact Anne Lahdenperä (ankahy@utu.fi) or Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi), University of Turku.


Liv Eidsmo is a board certified dermatologist, a Professor of Translational Skin Immunology and the Executive Director of the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center at the University of Copenhagen. Eidsmo graduated from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Following a postdoc in Frank Carbone’s laboratory at Melbourne University in Australia, her first laboratory was established at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) at Karolinska Institutet in parallel to clinical training in dermatology at Karolinska University Hospital. The current laboratory at University of Copenhagen focuses on how T cells residing in the skin drive local recurrence of diseases such as psoriasis and vitiligo.  https://sic.ku.dk/research/translational-skin-immunology/

Selected publications:

  • Human skin-resident CD8+ T cells require RUNX2 and RUNX3 for induction of cytotoxicity and expression of the integrin CD49a. Zitti B, Hoffer E, Zheng W, Pandey RV, Schlums H, Perinetti Casoni G, Fusi I, Nguyen L, Kärner J, Kokkinou E, Carrasco A, Gahm J, Ehrström M, Happaniemi S, Keita ÅV, Hedin CRH, Mjösberg J, Eidsmo L, Bryceson YT. Immunity. 2023 Jun 13;56(6):1285-1302.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2023.05.003.
  • Graded expression of the chemokine receptor CX3CR1 marks differentiation states of human and murine T cells and enables cross-species interpretation. Zwijnenburg AJ, Pokharel J, Varnaitė R, Zheng W, Hoffer E, Shryki I, Comet NR, Ehrström M, Gredmark-Russ S, Eidsmo L, Gerlach C. Immunity. 2023 Aug 8;56(8):1955-1974.e10. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2023.06.025.
  • T cells in resolved allergic contact dermatitis steer tissue inflammation and MMP-12-driven tissue modulation. Gallais Sérézal I, Tajpara P, Schonfeldt T, Ignatov B, Sortebech D, Hoffer E, Zhang T, Rooijackers E, Ehrström M, Nylén S, Matura M, Melican K, Eidsmo L. Allergy. 2022 Dec;77(12):3680-3683. doi: 10.1111/all.15484.
  • Long-term Outcomes and Prognosis in New-Onset Psoriasis. Svedbom A, Mallbris L, Larsson P, Nikamo P, Wolk K, Kjellman P, Sonkoly E, Eidsmo L, Lindqvist U, Ståhle M. JAMA Dermatol. 2021 Apr 14;157(6):1-8. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.0734.
  • A skewed pool of resident T cells triggers psoriasis-associated tissue responses in never-lesional skin from patients with psoriasis. Gallais Sérézal I, Hoffer E, Ignatov B, Martini E, Zitti B, Ehrström M, Eidsmo L. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 Apr;143(4):1444-1454. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2018.08.048.

49th Annual Meeting and Summer School of the Scandinavian Society for Immunology

Website: https://ssi2023.fi/


Immunology seminar series, Autumn 2023

February 7th at 14:00 – 15:00 (Finland time)

Virtual event

Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin: Adventures in Immunometabolism Research

Host: Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi )

Registration latest February 6th at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/C196B12841386EFF

March 7th at 14:00 – 15:00 (Finland time)

Virtual event

Federica Sallusto, Institute of Microbiology, ETH Zurich: ”Human T lymphocytes: differentiation, migration and immune regulation”

Host: Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi )

Registration latest March 6th at https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/3DB3A046C68F1559

April 4th at 14:00 – 15:00 (Finland time)

Virtual event

Wilfried Ellmeier, Institute of Immunology, Medical University of Vienna: Histone deacetylases and the control of CD4+ T cell-mediated immunity

Host: Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi )

Registration latest April 3rd at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/1CACC360E8233FFF

May 9th at 14:00 – 15:00 (Finland time)

Virtual event

John Todd, University of Oxford: ”From genetics to disease mechanisms to clinical trials in type 1 diabetes”

Host: Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi )

Registration latest May 8th at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/9FE7447C1A28E71F

June 13th at 14:00 – 15:00 (Finland time)

Virtual event

Fiona Powrie, University of Oxford: TBA

Host: Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi )

Registration latest June 12th at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/D08980F98591B2B7



Heikki Hyöty, Tampere University: ”Type 1 diabetes, enterovirus and prospects of vaccine development”

Registration latest Feb 28 at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/64C9EC43374D8B69

5.4. at 14.00 – 15.00

Bernard Malissen, Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy: ”Quantitative interactomics of the TCR signal-transduction network and of its co-inhibitors”

Registration latest Apr 4 at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/DABCBD92434374D1

3.5. at 14.00 – 15.00

Ludvig Sollid, University of Oslo: “Triggers and drivers of autoimmunity”
Registration latest May 2 at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/E8E36C4960A8B012

7.6. at 14.00 – 15.00

Marko Salmi, University of Turku: ”The lymph node as a filter”

Registration latest Jun 6 at: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/38514ADFC0B3B229

Immunology seminar series is jointly organised by the Finnish Society for Immunology, InFLAMES Flagship and Turku Bioscience. For further information contact Anne Lahdenperä (ankahy@utu.fi) or Riitta Lahesmaa (rilahes@utu.fi), University of Turku.


48th Annual Meeting of the Scandinavian Society of Immunology and Summer School

June 12 – 15, 2022 in Reykjavik, Iceland

The scientific programme will be covering recent advances in immunology. The format of the meeting will be constructed to promote scientific discussions, with State-of-the-Art lectures and oral presentations, selected from abstracts submitted. All accepted abstracts will be presented as posters. This year the summer school will be combined with EFIS on Tour Symposium Series, and both will give PhD students and young scientists an excellent opportunity to update their knowledge.

Deadline of abstract submission: 15 March
Deadline of Travel Grant submission: 15 March
Early registration deadline: 1 May 2022

Visit SSI2022 homepage: https://ssi2022.is/