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Yasmine Belkaid is the President of the Institut Pasteur (Paris) and the head of the Metaorganism Immunity laboratory at the Institut Pasteur. Her work explores fundamental mechanisms that regulate tissue homeostasis and host immune responses and uncovered key roles for the microbiota and dietary factors in the control of immunity and protection to pathogens.

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Akiko Iwasaki is a Sterling Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University and a principal investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

She is the 2023–2024 president of the American Association of Immunologists. Iwasaki’s research focuses on understanding innate immunity and how that information is used to produce protective adaptive immunity.

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Dan Littman is the Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology in the Department of Cell Biology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Littman’s laboratory has made multiple contributions towards our understanding of mechanisms that promote immune system development and roles in physiological homeostasis.

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Ruslan Medzhitov is a professor of immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine, a member of Yale Cancer Center, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. His research focuses on the analysis of the innate immune system, inflammatory response, innate control of the adaptive immunity, and host-pathogen interactions.

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Andreas Radbruch is emeritus professor and leads the group Cell Biology at the German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin (DRFZ). His scientific interest is understanding cells of the adaptive immune system at the molecular level, in particular the control of lymphocyte activation, the organization of immunological memory and the role of the immune system in diseases.

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Shimon Sakaguchi is an immunologist and a Distinguished Professor of Osaka University. He discovered the regulatory T cells (Tregs), which can prevent autoimmunity but can also aid tumor survival. This discovery is used in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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Rudolf Valenta is Professor of Allergology at the Medical University of Vienna. Starting with the molecular and immunological characterization of important allergens, he has developed recombinant allergen-based diagnostic tests as well as therapeutic allergy vaccines based on recombinant allergens and genetically engineered hypoallergens.

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Laurence Zitvogel is leader of the Tumour immunology and immunotherapy group at the Institut Gustave Roussy, a leading cancer centre in Europe. Her primary research experience is in exosomes and the biological impact of structural abnormalities on malignant neoplasms and anti-tumor therapy.