Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the ThymOz International Workshop on T Lymphocytes will be taking place March 21st - 26th 2018, once again on idyllic Heron Island.  This is now the 8th ThymOz and, alongside the partner conferences in the Global Thymus Network (GTN): USA (ThymUS), Japan (KTCC) and Europe (ThymE), is widely recognized as being a “must attend” conference in T cell biology.

A key feature of ThymOz is its more intimate nature (~130 participants: 50-60% national, 40-50% international from USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, Singapore, China), allowing regular interactions between the speakers, audience and sponsors. Once again, we anticipate attracting an extraordinary quality of scientists and, coupled with the beautiful surroundings of Heron Island, this conference is highly conducive to informal and productive scientific discussions. It is a result of this unique atmosphere that we are always over-subscribed and boast prominent scientists representing the top national and international research institutes.

The program will begin early evening on March 21st, 2018 with a welcome reception followed by the Opening Plenary session. The session themes will span the thymus microenvironment and complete life of T cells. We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the autoimmune regulator, AIRE, a major landmark in the field of autoimmunity, with themed sessions from high profile speakers. We will close with Prof Diane Mathis, the Morton Grove-Rasmussen Chair of Immunohematology at Harvard Medical School. Her lab is at the vanguard of T cell biology and autoimmunity, and her seminal discovery of the mechanisms by which the Autoimmune Regulatory gene, AIRE, imposes immune tolerance remains a landmark in the field.

The conference will conclude with an Aussie BBQ on the Wistari Terrace and our infamous music trivia night with additional entertainment from the ThymOz conference band.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will be able to participate in what will be another highly stimulating and enjoyable international conference on Heron Island.

Best regards,

Ann, Richard and Daniel 


ThymOz OrganisingCommittee

A/Prof Ann Chidgey (Monash University)

Dr Daniel Gray (WEHI) and Prof Richard Boyd (Hudson Research Institute)


For further information and payment details, please contact Ann Chidgey

Email: ann.chidgey@monash.edu; Phone: +61-3-9905 0628