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Alcohol. 2018 Jun;69:51-56. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2017.10.006. Epub 2017 Oct 31.

Summary of the 2017 Alcohol and Immunology Research Interest Group (AIRIG) meeting.

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1
Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States; Alcohol Research Program, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States; Immunology Graduate Program, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States.
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Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States; Alcohol Research Program, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States.
3
Department of Physiology and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, United States.
4
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL, United States; Alcohol Research Program, Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute, Department of Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus, Maywood, IL, United States.
5
Alcohol Research Program, Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute, Department of Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus, Maywood, IL, United States; Integrative Cell Biology Program, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus, Maywood, IL, United States.
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Department of Gastroenterology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, United States.
7
Center for Translational Research in Infection and Inflammation, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, United States.
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Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep, Emory University and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Decatur, GA, United States.
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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, United States.
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Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States; Alcohol Research Program, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States; Immunology Graduate Program, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, United States. Electronic address: elizabeth.kovacs@ucdenver.edu.

Abstract

On June 24, 2017, the 22nd annual Alcohol and Immunology Research Interest Group (AIRIG) meeting was held as a satellite conference during the annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The 2017 meeting focused broadly on mechanisms that link alcohol to tissue injury and inflammation, and how this research can be translated to improve human health. Two plenary sessions composed the meeting, which first explored the association between alcohol and trauma/tissue injury, and finished with a discussion of alcohol and mucosal inflammation. The presentations encompassed diverse areas of alcohol research, from effects on the brain, to airway and pulmonary systems, to gut barrier disruption. The discussions also thoughtfully highlighted how current laboratory and clinical research can be used to prevent or treat alcohol-related morbidity and mortality.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol; Inflammation; Mucosa; Tissue injury; Trauma

PMID:
29654985
PMCID:
PMC5930121
DOI:
10.1016/j.alcohol.2017.10.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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