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Meet the Editors: Cell Press’ Catarina Sacristán Shares Thoughts on “Stromal Cells in Immunity and Disease” Meeting


From February 19th-23rd, 2021, researchers from around the world will convene in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada at the Keystone Symposia meeting on “Stromal Cells in Immunity and Disease” to discuss the latest advances in understanding these critical and often overlooked players in health and disease.  Cell Press Editor Dr. Catarina Sacristán, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Trends in Immunologywill be among them, exploring this exciting frontier in immunology.

Here, Sacristán shares her insights about the field, what she looks forward to at the upcoming meeting and tips on publishing in Trends in Immunology.

She highlights the importance of this emerging topic to the field of immunology as a whole, and looks forward to hearing about new areas of research that will be featured at the meeting, which include-

Roles of Stromal Cells in:

    • Lymphoid Tissue Development
    • Involvement in Primary and Secondary Lymphoid Tissues
    • Orchestration of Immune Responses
    • Inflammation, Infection & Anti-Tumor Immunity 
    • Immunity in Non-Lymphoid Tissues
    • Novel Technologies & Models in Stromal Cell Biology and Fibrosis as a Joint Session with Fibrosis meeting

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Quote from Catarina Sacristan: This meeting on stromal cells in immunity and disease is at the forefront of many emerging approaches to improve our understanding of the role of non-hematopoietic cells in immunity. IT is thus a key conference for trends in immunology to attend and engage in."

Why are you attending this conference? What do you hope to get out of it?

Dr. Sacristán: I mostly commission articles from authors, and to do so, I’m constantly interacting with the scientific community. This means keeping myself up to date on research advances and networking with scientists, as well as building relationships. I do this in part by attending many scientific conferences, such as this high-caliber one. I evaluate what the current research trends in immunology are on a regular basis in order to properly commission articles. Moreover,

 This meeting on “Stromal Cells in Immunity and Disease” is at the forefront of many emerging approaches to improve understanding of the role of non-hematopoietic cells in immunity. It is thus a key conference for Trends in Immunology to attend and engage in.

I am hoping to interact with as many speakers, postdocs, and students as I can and to gain knowledge on new advances in the field.

What’s the best way for attendees to get in touch with you at the meeting?

Dr. Sacristán: Attendees at the conference can reach me via:

What do you enjoy most about attending Keystone Symposia conferences?

Dr. Sacristán: One aspect that I really enjoy about Keystone Symposia meetings is that they maintain a high standard of scientific quality and that the topics are quite focused and timely. The venue settings and free time are always nice too!

In addition, I thoroughly enjoy interacting one-on-one and discussing science in depth with many scientists, which Keystone Symposia meetings really facilitate given the smaller number of attendees than other meetings.

What’s your top tip for a scientist looking to publish in your journal?

Dr. Sacristán: Authors should ensure that:

      • Their articles are scientifically solid, based on the last 1–4 years of seminal research in their field of expertise and from high-tier journals.
      • The subject matter should fit within the scope of the journal (listed on the website); it should be timely, focused, and appealing to a broader readership.
      • I also highly recommend that manuscripts be thoroughly proofread prior to submission.

CAREER INSIGHTS- What advice would you offer scientists who are thinking about editorial careers?

Dr. Sacristán:  I would suggest that you work on your writing skills, your breadth of scientific knowledge, and your social and communication skills. Practice critical thinking when reading scientific manuscripts. If you really want to be an editor, do so as quickly as you can, but postdoctoral experience will greatly enrich your qualifications.


About the Author:

Catarina Sacristán, PhD: Editor-in-Chief at Trends in Immunology (Cell Press)

Profile Photo of Catarina SacristanSacristán obtained her PhD in immunology from Tufts University, studying B cell gene expression (lab of Ananda Roy). She conducted postdoctoral research in T cell gene expression and signaling at the UNAM Mexico (lab of Yvonne Rosenstein) and then at NYU (lab of Michael Dustin, in collaboration with Rafi Ahmed at Emory University), studying T cell differentiation and exhaustion, gene expression, signaling, and imaging in the immune system during chronic viral infections. Catarina was a research associate at the biomedical engineering firm Innovamedica in Mexico, working on cardiovascular and immunological research.

She came to Cell Press from The Journal of Experimental Medicine and has worked in publishing since finishing her postdoc in 2014. She was Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Molecular Medicine (2015–2018); Acting Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Haematology (Jan.–July 2018); consulting editor for Trends in Biochemical Sciences and Immunity; and a guest editor at Cell. She enjoys thinking about immunology, genetics, signaling, imaging, virology, metabolism, neuroscience, cancer, therapeutics, and more. She also loves to read, write, ski, horseback ride, skate, watch movies, and dance.

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Shannon Weiman
Shannon Weiman earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in microbiology and immunology. Prior to joining the Keystone Symposia team, she worked as a freelance writer for leaders in academic, industry and government research, including Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation Initiative, the University of Colorado’s Biofrontiers Program, UCSF, the FDA and the American Society for Microbiology.

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