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Center for Infection & Immunity of Lille


2018 is the 110th anniversary of the first subculture of « lait de Nocard », the Mycobacterium bovis strain that eventually led to the Bacillus Calmette - Guérin (BCG).

This first step towards the most widely used vaccine in the world was undertaken at the Institut Pasteur de Lille under the direction of Albert Calmette. We intend to celebrate this important anniversary in the form of an international scientific symposium on all aspects of BCG.

This symposium will be held from December 3rd to December 5th, 2018 at the Institut Pasteur de Lille, Lille, France and will cover:


- The history of BCG

- The place of BCG in the fight against tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases

- Genomics of BCG

- Next generation BCGs

- Off-target effects of BCG

- BCG and cancer, auto-immunity and inflammatory diseases.

To cover these different areas we will have the pleasure to welcome as invited speakers the most renown scientists in their field, coming from 10 different countries (see program)

You are all cordially invited to participate. If you are interested, please register (see registration) and provide an abstract for poster presentations (see abstract).

Looking forward to meeting you in December in Lille,

We remain,

Sincerely yours