Dear ISDCI Members;
Two candidates have been nominated for the new ISDCI Vice President for Europe and Africa following the call for nominations.
Jorunn Jorgensen (University of Tromso, Norway)
Proposer: Valerie J. Smith
Seconder: Kenneth Söderhäll
Lidy Van Kemenade (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Proposer: Louise Rollins Smith
Seconder: Nick Cohen
Please vote by emailing, mailing or faxing the name of your candicate of choice to:
Dr. Norman Miller, Secretary-Treasurer ISDCI,
Department of Microbiology
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216, USA.
Fax: + 601 984 1708
Votes must be received by Friday, January 4, 2008.
Biographies of the Candidates:
Jorunn B. Jørgensen
Jorunn, 48 years, is a professor in marine virology, far north, at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø. She is experienced in working on piscine immunity, especially the innate responses. In recent years she has also taken an interest in fish viruses and her group is studying the mechanisms that provide protection against the aquatic birnavirus, infectious pancreatic necrosis virus. Additionally her research is centred on 1) Innate immunity in salmonid fish, with emphasis on the TLR9 subfamily receptor mediated responses, 2) Functions of stress activated kinases in the salmon immune responses 3) Use of TLR agonists as immune stimulants/adjuvants. She is a member of the board for the functional genomics program of the Norwegian Research Council
Skjæveland,I., D. B. Iliev, J. Zou, T. Jørgensen & J. B. Jørgensen (2007). A TLR9 homolog that is up-regulated by IFN-g in Atlantic salmon (Salmon salar). Developmental and Comparative Immunology, in press.
Jørgensen, J. B, A. Johansen, M. N. Hegset, J. Zou, B. Robertsen, & C. J. Secombes (2007). A recombinant CSHE-214 cell line expressing an Mx1 promoter-reporter system responds to both type I and II interferon from salmonids and represents a versatile tool to study the IFN-system in teleost fish. Fish & Shellfish Immunology, 23, 1294-1303.
Røkenes,T. P., A. Skjesol & J.B. Jørgensen (2007). Intermolecular interactions of infectious pancreas necrosis virus: capsid protein VP3 interacts with dsRNA and the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase VP1. Journal of Virology, 81, 6652-6663.
Hansen, T. E. & J.B. Jørgensen (2007). Cloning and characterisation of p38 MAP kinase from Atlantic salmon. A kinase important for regulating salmon TNF-2 and IL-1_ expression. Molecular Immunology, 44, 3137-3146.
Strandskog, G. T. Ellingsen & J. B. Jørgensen (2007). Characterization of three distinct CpG oligonucleotide classes which differ in ability to induce IFNa/b activity and cell proliferation in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) leukocytes. Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 31, 39-51.
Lidy van Kemenade
Lidy van Kemenade trained in Analytical Chemistry and Biology. Before joining the Cell Biology and Immunology Group of the Wageningen University in August 1987, she had a working career in molecular biology (Utrecht University), chemical industry, bachelor teaching and neuroendocrine research (University of Nijmegen). Her thesis was devoted to neuroendocrine regulation of hormone synthesis, processing and release. As a consequence of her interest in inter- and intracellular regulation, in Wageningen she took up research in innate immunity and cytokine regulation of immune responses in carp. Moreover she focuses on neuroendocrine-immune interaction e.g. the potential consequences of stress for immune responses and vice versa. She has participated in the ISDCI community since the 4th International Congress in 1988. Furthermore she has an active participation in the discipline of Comparative Endocrinology. She was a board member of the Royal Dutch Society of Zoology (also involved in organizing the Benelux Zoology Congress) and a member of the section on Animal Physiology of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Currently she is member of the board of the European Society of Comparative Endocrinology (ESCE) that is organizing its next conference in Genoa (2008). This conference will include a session on neuroendocrine-immune interaction.
Huising, M.O., R.J.M. Stet, C.P. Kruiswijk, H.F.J. Savelkoul and B.M.L. Verburg-van Kemenade (2003). Molecular evolution of CXC chemokines: extant CXC chemokines originate from the CNS. Trends in Immunol.: 24, 307-314.
Huising, M.O., R.J.M. Stet, H.F.J. Savelkoul and B.M.L. Verburg-van Kemenade (2004) The molecular evolution of the interleukin-1 family of cytokines: A genome-wide approach. Dev. Comp. Immunol.: 28, 395-413.
Huising, M.O., J.E. van Schijndel, C.P. Kruiswijk, H.F.J. Savelkoul, G. Flik & B.M.L. Verburg-van Kemenade (2006) The presence of multiple and functionally distinct interleukin-12p40 genes in bony fishes signifies an expansion of the vertebrate heterodimeric cytokine family. Molecular Immunology. 43(10):1519-33.
E.H. Stolte, B.M.L. Verburg-van Kemenade, Huub F.J. Savelkoul & G. Flik (2006) Evolution of glucocorticoid receptors with different glucocorticoid sensitivity J of Endocrinol 190,17-28
Chadzinska, M, K. M.. Leon-Kloosterziel, B. Plytycz & B.M. Lidy Verburg-van Kemenade (2007) In vivo kinetics of cytokine expression during peritonitis in carp: evidence for innate and alternative macrophage polarization. Dev. Comp. Immunol. 2007 Oct 17; [Epub ahead of print].
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