Scientific Program

Scientific Program-in-Progress

AAI President's Address

Friday, May 4, 5:00 PM

Wayne Yokoyama

Wayne M. Yokoyama
Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President
50 years (well, almost!) in immunology

Emil R. Unanue, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
Introduction

AAI President's Symposium

Into the Limelight: Natural Killer and Innate Lymphoid Cells

Monday, May 7, 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. in St. Louis, AAI President

Speakers:

  • David H. Raulet, Univ. of California, Berkeley, NK cell activation and inactivation in the tumor microenvironment
  • Katharine C. Hsu, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., NK cells in the oncology clinic
  • Gabrielle T. Belz, Walter and Eliza Hall Inst. of Med. Res., Australia, Teasing apart transcriptional regulation in innate lymphoid cells
  • Marco Colonna, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Innate lymphoid cell plasticity

Raulet

David H. Raulet

Katharine C. Hsu

Katharine C. Hsu

Belz

Gabrielle T. Belz

Marco Colonna

Marco Colonna

Distinguished Lectures

Saturday, May 5, 6:00 PM

Jeffrey A. Bluestone

Jeffrey A. Bluestone
Univ. of California, San Francisco
Treg-mediated immune tolerance in health and disease

Sunday, May 6, 6:00 PM

Pamela J. Fink

Pamela J. Fink
Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.
Educating T cells from the cradle through adolescence

Monday, May 7, 6:00 PM

Randolph J. Noelle

Randolph J. Noelle
Dartmouth Geisel Sch. of Med.
A panoramic VISTA of the immune system

Major Symposia

Saturday, May 5, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Major Symposium A: Transcriptional Control of Immunity: Diverse Regulatory Mechanisms in Gene Regulation
Chairs:
Amy S. Weinmann, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
Boris Reizis, New York Univ. Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Amy S. Weinmann, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, Role for metabolites in regulating cellular differentiation gene programs
  • Boris Reizis, New York Univ. Sch. of Med., Transcriptional control of dendritic cell function in vivo
  • Tracy L. Johnson, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, TBA
  • Jorge Henao-Mejia, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Regulation of innate immune cells by lncRNAs
  • Andrea Schietinger, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., Molecular mechanisms defining tumor-specific T cell differentiation and dysfunction
  • Stephen T. Smale, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Mechanisms regulating selective transcriptional responses to innate immune stimuli

Major Symposium B: Immune Cells in Tissue Niches
Chairs:
Frederic Geissmann, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr.
Gretchen Diehl, Baylor Col. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Shannon J. Turley, Genentech, Stromal niche in cancer immunology and immunotherapy
  • Frederic Geissmann, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., Roles of resident macrophages in brain, bone, and fat tissue homeostasis
  • Robyn S. Klein, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., CNS immunity: new players in neuroprotection
  • Jun R. Huh, Harvard Med. Sch., Maternal gut bacteria, immune cells, and neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Gretchen Diehl, Baylor Col. of Med., Microbial regulation of intestinal immunity
  • Bruno Lemaitre, Global Hlth. Inst., EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, Regulation of Drosophila hemocyte number and sessility by an adipokine

Sunday, May 6, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Major Symposium C: New Regulatory Concepts from Human Immunology Studies
Chairs:
Bana Jabri, Univ. of Chicago
Michael J. Lenardo, NIAID, NIH

Speakers:

  • Bana Jabri, Univ. of Chicago, TBA
  • Michael J. Lenardo, NIAID, NIH, New precision medicine therapies emerge from genomic investigation of diseases of the immune system
  • Luis Barreiro, Univ. of Montreal/CHU Sainte-Justine, Canada, Genetic and environmental determinants of interindividual variation in immune responses to infection
  • Federica Sallusto, Inst. for Res. in Biomed., USI and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Lymphocyte diversity: matching specificity and function
  • Ramnik J. Xavier, Harvard Univ. and Broad Inst., Human genetics to innate immune pathways
  • Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Stanford Sch. of Med., New Regulatory Concepts from Human Immunology Studies

Major Symposium D: Gone but not Forgotten: the Impact of Cell Death on the Immune Response
Chairs:
Carla V. Rothlin, Yale Sch. of Med.
Andrew A. Oberst, Univ. of Washington

Speakers:

  • Shigekazu Nagata, iFREC, Osaka Univ., Exposure of phospatidylserine on apoptotic cells
  • Julie Magarian Blander, Weill Cornell Med., Phagocyte responses to dying cells
  • Carla V. Rothlin, Yale Sch. of Med., Death begets a new beginning: recognition of apoptotic cells in the induction of tissue repair
  • Ross M. Kedl, Univ. of Colorado Denver Sch. of Med., Lymphatic endothelial cell death as a vehicle for antigen exchange and maintenance of T cell memory
  • Andrew A. Oberst, Univ. of Washington, The innate immune response to Zika virus infection of the central nervous system
  • Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, St. Jude Children’s Res. Hosp., Regulation of inflammasome activation and cell death

Monday, May 7, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Major Symposium E: Developing more Effective Cancer Immunotherapies
Chairs:
Robert D. Schreiber, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
Nina Bhardwaj, Icahn Sch. of Med. at Mt. Sinai

Speakers:

  • James P. Allison, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Ctr., Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Cancer Therapy: New Insights and Opportunities, and prospects for Cures
  • Robert D. Schreiber, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Elucidating the fundamental principles of personalized cancer vaccines
  • Nina Bhardwaj, Icahn Sch. of Med. at Mt. Sinai, Targeting dendritic cells to modulate antitumor immunity
  • Sandra Demaria, Weill Cornell Med., Insights into the mechanisms regulating antigenicity and adjuvanticity of irradiated tumors
  • Patrick A. Ott, Dana Farber Cancer Inst., Brigham and Women’s Hosp., and Harvard Med. Sch., A personal neoantigen vaccine in patients with high risk melanoma
  • Philip D. Greenberg, Univ. of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Ctr., Engineering T cell responses to effectively target and then eliminate tumors

Major Symposium F: Immune – Microbe Coevolution
Chairs:
James R. Carlyle, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Janelle S. Ayres, Salk Inst.

Speakers:

  • James R. Carlyle, Univ. of Toronto, Canada, Immune evasion, adaptation, and escape: the MCMV m12 immunoevasin controls NK cell immunity by targeting the prototypical NKR-P1 family
  • Janelle S. Ayres, Salk Inst., Host-Microbe Interactions: Harnessing Co-evolution to Treat Disease
  • Nichole R. Klatt, Univ. of Washington, Microbial interactions in HIV infection
  • David Wang, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Lessons from novel viruses in infection and immunity
  • Lisa Osborne, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada, Host-multibiome interactions in intestinal infection and inflammation
  • Russell E. Vance, HHMI and Univ. of California, Berkeley, How do inflammasomes detect rapidly evolving pathogens?

Tuesday, May 8, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Major Symposium G: Molecular Basis of B cell Differentiation and Function
Chairs:
Jennifer L. Gommerman, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Ignacio Sanz, Emory Univ. Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Troy D. Randall, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, Resident memory B cells in the lung
  • Ignacio Sanz, Emory Univ. Sch. of Med., B cell differentiation pathways in human SLE
  • Christopher Scharer, Emory Univ. Sch. of Med., Cell division coupled epigenetic regulation of B cell differentiation
  • Marion Pepper, Univ. of Washington, Understanding somatically hypermutated IgM memory B cells
  • Facundo Batista, Ragon Inst. of MGH, MIT and Harvard, B cell activation induces a switch from canonical to non-canonical autophagy that shapes B cell fate
  • Jennifer Anolik, Univ. of Rochester Med. Ctr., B cell roles in bone homeostasis in rheumatoid arthritis

Major Symposium H: Neuroscience of Immunity
Chairs:
Kevin J. Tracey, Feinstein Inst. for Med. Res.
Tajie H. Harris, Univ. of Virginia

Speakers:

  • Kevin J. Tracey, Feinstein Inst. for Med. Res., Molecular basis for reflex integration of
    immunity
  • Tajie H. Harris, Univ. of Virginia, Glia-derived signals promote focal protective immunity to CNS infection
  • Isaac M. Chiu, Harvard Med. Sch., Nociceptor neuron regulation of innate immunity and host defense
  • Paul Kubes, Univ. of Calgary, Canada, Using imaging to study the neural – immune interplay
  • Betty Diamond, Feinstein Inst. for Med. Res., Antibodies, microglial activation and cognitive impairments
  • Diana Bautista, Univ. of California, Berkeley, TBA

AAI Committee Symposia & Sessions

AAI Clinical Immunology Committee
Reverse Translation – Learning from the Patient
Chairs:
Thomas F. Gajewski, Univ. of Chicago Med. Ctr.; AAI Clinical Immunology Committee Chair
Megan Sykes, Columbia Univ.

AAI Committee on Public Affairs
NIH Efforts to Fund the Next Generation: Progress, Challenges and Future Directions
Chair:
Beth A. Garvy, Univ. of Kentucky; AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair

AAI Education Committee
Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Chair:
Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune

Immunology Teaching Interest Group
Chairs:
Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ.
David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col.

AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Careers in Science Roundtable
Chair:
Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair

AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session
Chair:
Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Elina ZunigaAAI Vanguard Lecture

Speaker:

  • Elina Zuniga, Univ. of California, San Diego, The art of coexistence: immune adaptations during chronic viral infections

Since 2003, the AAI meeting has featured a scientific lecture presented by an AAI member who is an underrepresented minority investigator noted for scientific achievement and exemplary career success.

AAI Program Committee
Back to School: A Review of Four Fast-Moving Fields
Chairs:
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI Program Committee Chair
Jennifer A. Punt, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Vet. Med.

AAI Publications Committee
Writing Scientific Manuscripts and Responding to Reviewers: Tips on Navigating the Process
Chairs:
Brian Evavold, Univ. of Utah; Chair, AAI Publications Committee Chair
Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Immunology

AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee
Neonatal Immunity: Getting it Right from the Start
Chairs:
Crystal Loving, Natl. Animal Dis. Ctr., ARS, USDA; AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee Chair
George Mutwiri, Univ. of Saskatchewan

Scientific Program-in-Progress

President's Program (President's Address; President's Symposium)

AAI President’s Address

Wayne YokoyamaFriday, May 4, 5:00 PM
Wayne M. Yokoyama
Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President
50 years (well, almost!) in immunology

Emil R. Unanue, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
Introduction

AAI President’s Symposium

Into the Limelight: Natural Killer and Innate Lymphoid Cells
Monday, May 7, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Austin Convention Center

Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. in St. Louis, AAI President

Speakers:

  • David H. Raulet, Univ. of California, Berkeley, NK cell activation and inactivation in the tumor microenvironment
  • Katharine C. Hsu, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., NK cells in the oncology clinic
  • Gabrielle T. Belz, Walter and Eliza Hall Inst. of Med. Res., Australia, Teasing apart transcriptional regulation in innate lymphoid cells
  • Marco Colonna, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Innate lymphoid cell plasticity
Raulet

David H. Raulet

Katharine C. Hsu

Katharine C. Hsu

Belz

Gabrielle T. Belz

Marco Colonna

Marco Colonna

Distinguished Lectures

Saturday, May 5, 6:00 PM

Jeffrey A. Bluestone

Jeffrey A. Bluestone
Univ. of California, San Francisco
Treg-mediated immune tolerance in health and disease

Sunday, May 6, 6:00 PM

Pamela J. Fink

Pamela J. Fink
Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.
Educating T cells from the cradle through adolescence

Monday, May 7, 6:00 PM

Randolph J. Noelle

Randolph J. Noelle
Dartmouth Geisel Sch. of Med.
A panoramic VISTA of the immune system

Major Symposia

Saturday, May 5, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Major Symposium A: Transcriptional Control of Immunity: Diverse Regulatory Mechanisms in Gene Regulation
Chairs:
Amy S. Weinmann, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
Boris Reizis, New York Univ. Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Amy S. Weinmann, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, Role for metabolites in regulating cellular differentiation gene programs
  • Boris Reizis, New York Univ. Sch. of Med., Transcriptional control of dendritic cell function in vivo
  • Tracy L. Johnson, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, A histone “tail”: coordinating RNA splicing and histone modification—from yeast to macrophages
  • Jorge Henao-Mejia, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Regulation of innate immune cells by lncRNAs
  • Andrea Schietinger, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., Molecular mechanisms defining tumor-specific T cell differentiation and dysfunction
  • Stephen T. Smale, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Mechanisms regulating selective transcriptional responses to innate immune stimuli

Major Symposium B: Immune Cells in Tissue Niches
Chairs:
Frederic Geissmann, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr.
Gretchen Diehl, Baylor Col. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Shannon J. Turley, Genentech, Stromal niche in cancer immunology and immunotherapy
  • Frederic Geissmann, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., Roles of resident macrophages in brain, bone, and fat tissue homeostasis
  • Robyn S. Klein, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., CNS immunity: new players in neuroprotection
  • Jun R. Huh, Harvard Med. Sch., Maternal gut bacteria, immune cells, and neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Gretchen Diehl, Baylor Col. of Med., Microbial regulation of intestinal immunity
  • Bruno Lemaitre, Global Hlth. Inst., EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, Regulation of Drosophila hemocyte number and sessility by an adipokine

Sunday, May 6, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Major Symposium C: New Regulatory Concepts from Human Immunology Studies
Chairs:
Bana Jabri, Univ. of Chicago
Michael J. Lenardo, NIAID, NIH

Speakers:

  • Bana Jabri, Univ. of Chicago, Inflammation, tissue resident gamma delta T cells, and the journey of no return
  • Michael J. Lenardo, NIAID, NIH, New precision medicine therapies emerge from genomic investigation of diseases of the immune system
  • Luis Barreiro, Univ. of Montreal/CHU Sainte-Justine, Canada, Genetic and environmental determinants of interindividual variation in immune responses to infection
  • Federica Sallusto, Inst. for Res. in Biomed., USI and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Lymphocyte diversity: matching specificity and function
  • Ramnik J. Xavier, Harvard Univ. and Broad Inst., Human genetics to innate immune pathways
  • Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Stanford Sch. of Med., New regulatory concepts from human immunology studies

Major Symposium D: Gone but not Forgotten: the Impact of Cell Death on the Immune Response
Chairs:
Carla V. Rothlin, Yale Sch. of Med.
Andrew A. Oberst, Univ. of Washington

Speakers:

  • Shigekazu Nagata, iFREC, Osaka Univ., Exposure of phospatidylserine on apoptotic cells
  • Julie Magarian Blander, Weill Cornell Med., Phagocyte responses to dying cells
  • Carla V. Rothlin, Yale Sch. of Med., Death begets a new beginning: recognition of apoptotic cells in the induction of tissue repair
  • Ross M. Kedl, Univ. of Colorado Denver Sch. of Med., Lymphatic endothelial cell death as a vehicle for antigen exchange and maintenance of T cell memory
  • Andrew A. Oberst, Univ. of Washington, The innate immune response to Zika virus infection of the central nervous system
  • Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, St. Jude Children’s Res. Hosp., Regulation of inflammasome activation and cell death

Monday, May 7, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Major Symposium E: Developing more Effective Cancer Immunotherapies
Chairs:
Robert D. Schreiber, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
Nina Bhardwaj, Icahn Sch. of Med. at Mt. Sinai

Speakers:

  • James P. Allison, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Ctr., Immune checkpoint blockade in cancer therapy: new insights and opportunities, and prospects for cures
  • Robert D. Schreiber, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Elucidating the fundamental principles of personalized cancer vaccines
  • Nina Bhardwaj, Icahn Sch. of Med. at Mt. Sinai, Targeting dendritic cells to modulate antitumor immunity
  • Sandra Demaria, Weill Cornell Med., Insights into the mechanisms regulating antigenicity and adjuvanticity of irradiated tumors
  • Patrick A. Ott, Dana Farber Cancer Inst., Brigham and Women’s Hosp., and Harvard Med. Sch., A personal neoantigen vaccine in patients with high risk melanoma
  • Philip D. Greenberg, Univ. of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Ctr., Engineering T cell responses to effectively target and then eliminate tumors

Major Symposium F: Immune – Microbe Coevolution
Chairs:
James R. Carlyle, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Janelle S. Ayres, Salk Inst.

Speakers:

  • James R. Carlyle, Univ. of Toronto, Canada, Immune evasion, adaptation, and escape: the MCMV m12 immunoevasin controls NK cell immunity by targeting the prototypical NKR-P1 family
  • Janelle S. Ayres, Salk Inst., Host-microbe interactions: harnessing co-evolution to treat disease
  • Nichole R. Klatt, Univ. of Washington, Microbial interactions in HIV infection
  • David Wang, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Lessons from novel viruses in infection and immunity
  • Lisa Osborne, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada, Host-multibiome interactions in intestinal infection and inflammation
  • Russell E. Vance, HHMI and Univ. of California, Berkeley, How do inflammasomes detect rapidly evolving pathogens?

Tuesday, May 8, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Major Symposium G: Molecular Basis of B cell Differentiation and Function
Chairs:
Jennifer L. Gommerman, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Ignacio Sanz, Emory Univ. Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Troy D. Randall, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, Resident memory B cells in the lung
  • Ignacio Sanz, Emory Univ. Sch. of Med., B cell differentiation pathways in human SLE
  • Christopher Scharer, Emory Univ. Sch. of Med., Cell division coupled epigenetic regulation of B cell differentiation
  • Marion Pepper, Univ. of Washington, Understanding somatically hypermutated IgM memory B cells
  • Facundo Batista, Ragon Inst. of MGH, MIT and Harvard, B cell activation induces a switch from canonical to non-canonical autophagy that shapes B cell fate
  • Jennifer Anolik, Univ. of Rochester Med. Ctr., B cell roles in bone homeostasis in rheumatoid arthritis

Major Symposium H: Neuroscience of Immunity
Chairs:
Kevin J. Tracey, Feinstein Inst. for Med. Res.
Tajie H. Harris, Univ. of Virginia

Speakers:

  • Kevin J. Tracey, Feinstein Inst. for Med. Res., Molecular basis for reflex integration of
    immunity
  • Tajie H. Harris, Univ. of Virginia, Glia-derived signals promote focal protective immunity to CNS infection
  • Isaac M. Chiu, Harvard Med. Sch., Nociceptor neuron regulation of innate immunity and host defense
  • Paul Kubes, Univ. of Calgary, Canada, Using imaging to study the neural – immune interplay
  • Betty Diamond, Feinstein Inst. for Med. Res., Antibodies, microglial activation and cognitive impairments
  • Diana Bautista, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Neuro-immune cell interactions that drive atopic dermatitis

Award Lectures and Presentations

Annually recognizing immunologists of extraordinary professional achievement and promise, the AAI Career Awards include:

  • AAI Lifetime Achievement Award
  • AAI Distinguished Service Award
  • AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award
  • AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award
  • AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research
  • AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award

AAI Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
Friday, May 4, 5:00 PM, Ballroom D
Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President

GlimcherAward Recipient:
Laurie H. Glimcher, Dana-Farber Cancer Inst., Harvard Med. Sch.

AAI President Wayne M. Yokoyama will introduce the awardee and present the award prior to the start of the President’s Address.

The AAI Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the AAI Council upon an AAI member. This award recognizes a deserving member for a remarkable career of scientific achievement and for contributions to AAI and the field of immunology.

AAI Distinguished Service Award Presentation
Saturday, May 5, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 18CD
Chair:
M. Michele Hogan, AAI

HavranAward Recipient:
Wendy L. Havran, Scripps Res. Inst.

AAI Executive Director M. Michele Hogan will introduce the awardee and present the award during the AAI Business Meeting.

The AAI Distinguished Service Award recognizes Dr. Havran for enduring and exemplary service to AAI and the immunology community.

AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award Presentation and Lecture
Generously supported by BD Biosciences
Saturday, May 5, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Ballroom D
Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President

Hai QiAward Recipient:
Hai Qi, Tsinghua Univ.
T-B interactions and the germinal center response

AAI President Wayne M. Yokoyama and Robert Balderas, Vice President of Biological Sciences, BD Biosciences, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Qi’s lecture.

The AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award recognizes an investigator for early-career achievement in immunology research.

AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award Presentation and Lecture
Generously supported by BioLegend
Sunday, May 6, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 10AB
Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President

CysterAward Recipient:
Jason G. Cyster, HHMI, Univ. of California, San Francisco
Deciphering the guidance cue code for B cell immunity

AAI President Wayne M. Yokoyama and Gene Lay, President and CEO, BioLegend, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Cyster’s lecture.

The AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award recognizes outstanding research contributions to the field of immunology in the area of B cell biology.

AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award Presentation and Lecture
Generously supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific
Sunday, May 6, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Ballroom D
Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President

IwasakiAward Recipient:
Akiko Iwasaki, HHMI, Yale Sch. of Med.
Learning immunology from viruses

AAI President Wayne M. Yokoyama and Christoph Hergersberg, Vice President of Research and Development, Thermo Fisher Scientific, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Iwasaki’s lecture.

The AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award recognizes a mid-career scientist for exceptional research contributions to the field of immunology.

AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award Presentation
Monday, May 7, 12:30 PM, Ballroom D
Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President

JenkinsAward Recipient:
Marc K. Jenkins, Univ. of Minnesota Med. Sch.

AAI President Wayne M. Yokoyama and Stephen J. McSorley, Univ. of California, Davis, will introduce the awardee and present the award prior to the start of the President’s Symposium.

The AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizes exemplary career contributions to a future generation of scientists.

AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research Presentation and Lecture
Monday, May 7, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Ballroom D
Chair:
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI President

O'SheaAward Recipient:
John J. O’Shea, NIAMS, NIH
TBA

AAI President Wayne M. Yokoyama will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. O’Shea’s lecture.

The AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research recognizes an individual for significant, sustained achievement in immunology research pertinent to human disease pathogenesis, prevention, or therapy.

In addition to Career Awards, AAI annually provides more than 700 AAI meeting Travel Awards and Grants to recognize the promise and bolster the professional development of investigators of all career stages.

    • AAI Trainee Abstract Awards
    • AAI Trainee Poster Awards
    • AAI-Thermo Fisher Trainee Achievement Awards
    • Pfizer-Showell Travel Award
    • Lefrançois-BioLegend Memorial Award
    • Chambers-Thermo Fisher Scientific Memorial Award
    • Lustgarten-Thermo Fisher Scientific Memorial Award
    • AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grants
    • AAI Laboratory Travel Grants
    • AAI Undergraduate Faculty Travel Grants

For information on all AAI Awards, visit www.aai.org/Awards.

AAI Committee Symposia & Sessions

Listings in this section appear in alphabetical order according to sponsoring committee.

AAI Clinical Immunology Committee
Reverse Translation: Learning From the Patient
Saturday, May 5, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Chairs:
Thomas F. Gajewski, Univ. of Chicago Med. Ctr.; AAI Clinical Immunology Committee Chair
Megan Sykes, Columbia Univ.

Speakers:

  • Eric Meffre, Yale Univ., T cells prevent the peripheral accumulation of autoreactive naïve B cells
  • Susan Zolla-Pazner, Icahn Sch. of Med., Mount Sinai, HIV vaccine design guided by patients’ antibody responses
  • Megan Sykes, Columbia Univ., Tracking the human alloresponse in transplant recipients
  • Jordan Orange, Baylor Col. of Med., Learning about NK cells from inherent defects in human immunity

While translational research has traditionally moved basic immunology knowledge forward into clinical application, varying clinical presentations of human immune-related disease processes, as well as variability in therapeutic outcomes, have provided opportunities for discovery of novel mechanistic hypotheses directly from patients. These types of investigations have been enabled by key technologies, including single-cell assays, high-throughput genomic sequencing, and improved bioinformatic algorithms. Tissues being sampled include biopsy material from target organs, peripheral blood cells and serum/plasma, germline DNA, and stool for microbiota analysis. Such work is accelerating therapeutic advances in autoimmunity, solid organ transplantation, and cancer immunotherapy. A sampling of presentations will highlight opportunities in reverse translational immunology research.

AAI Committee on Public Affairs
Town Hall Meeting on NIH Efforts to Fund the Next Generation: Progress, Challenges and Future Directions
Sunday, May 6, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Chair:
Beth A. Garvy, Univ. of Kentucky; AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair

Speakers:

  • TBA

The current funding environment has raised serious concerns about the long-term viability of the biomedical research enterprise, as securing NIH grants has become increasingly difficult for scientists early in their careers. To address this issue, NIH launched the Next Generation Researchers Initiative in June 2017 to increase support for meritorious Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) and Early Established Investigators (EEIs). Despite the Initiative’s laudable goals, many questions remain, including how NIH Institutes and Centers will reprioritize funds to support these early and mid-career investigators, and how it will impact those who are not targeted by the program. Speakers will discuss NIH implementation of the Initiative; provide a variety of perspectives on its progress, challenges, and future directions; answer audience questions; and listen to attendees’ feedback.

AAI Education Committee
Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Chair:
Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune

Panelists:

  • Andrew C. Chan, Senior Vice President, Research Biology, Genentech, Inc.
  • David J. DiLillo, Staff Scientist, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Stephen T. Haley, Vice President, North America, and Chief Commercial Officer, Immudex
  • Catherine J. McMahan, Senior Director, Aptevo Therapeutics

Many opportunities exist in industry for scientists with advanced degrees. There are positions in laboratory research, program management, business development, regulatory affairs, clinical trials oversight, medical liaison, and more. This panel features scientists employed in a variety of positions in industry discussing their career paths and the skills required for success in each. Following the panel discussion, enjoy casual conversation with the speakers and other scientists from industry at a networking reception.

Immunology Teaching Interest Group
Saturday, May 5, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Chairs:
Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ.
David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col.

Panelists:

  • Edith Porter, California State Univ., Los Angeles, Integrating caring and the human dimension in immunology to improve student learning
  • Crystal C. Walline, Univ. of North Carolina, Pembroke, Teaching immunology essentials with clinical correlations
  • Doreen E. Szollosi, Univ. of Saint Joseph Sch. of Pharmacy, Promoting critical thinking through writing in a first-year immunology course
  • Kara R. Lukin and Katja Aviszus, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, How to create effective student-driven learning without becoming overwhelmed

Breakout Session Leaders:

  • Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ., Intro undergraduate/graduate immunology: Developing a teaching philosophy and a course syllabus
  • Stephanie James, Regis Univ. Sch. of Pharmacy, Using team-based learning to teach immunology
  • Paula Kavathas, Yale Univ., A network of universities collaborate to improve STEM education and literacy
  • David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col., Topics in immunology teaching for medical schools: Selecting course content and “teaching to the USMLE”

Are you looking for new ideas or strategies to enliven and improve your teaching? If so, please join us for this special interest group which will focus on strategies that instructors can use to successfully convey immunology concepts to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Topics will include the use of clinical correlations, writing, immediate feedback assessment, and more. The session will end with structured breakout discussion groups on Team-Based Learning, undergraduate/graduate education topics, and medical school teaching topics. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.

AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Careers in Science Roundtable
Sunday, May 6, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Chair:
Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair

At this popular session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Gain insights into issues you are confronting in your own careers. Topics include international opportunities in science, succeeding in graduate school, participating in NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and exciting careers outside of the bench. There are also table discussions on navigating work-life issues such as balancing careers with family and transitioning from specific career stages that may be relevant to any work environment (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profit). Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $30 (Lunch included.)

Discussion topics and table leaders::

  • Research Careers in Academia
    • Succeeding in Graduate School
      Table Leaders: Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Med. Res. Foundation; Janice Blum, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Med.; Partha S. Biswas, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Charlotte M. Vines, Border Biomedical Research Center
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Ann Griffith, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Center; Anthony Rongvaux, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Center; Olivera J. Finn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.; Malini Raghavan, Univ. of Michigan Med. Sch.
    • Postdoc to PI: government research institutions:
      Table Leaders: Charles E. Egwuagu, NEI, NIH
    • Postdoc to PI: medical schools
      Table Leaders: Madeleine W. Cunningham, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Norian A. Lyse, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Steve M. Varga, Univ. of Iowa; Yina H. Huang, Geisel Sch. of Med. Dartmouth Col.
    • Postdoc to PI: undergraduate institutions
      Table Leaders: Jennifer Manilay, Univ. of California, Merced; Crystal Walline, Univ. of North Carolina, Pembroke; Penny E. Shockett, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.; Jennifer A. Punt, Univ. of Pennsylvania
    • New PI:
      • Recruiting students and postdocs
        Table Leaders: Marlene Bouvier, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
      • Preparing for promotion
        Table Leaders: Allan J. Zajac, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Lisa K. Denzin, Child Health Inst. of New Jersey, Rutgers
    • Negotiating an Academic Position
      Table Leaders: William R. Green, Geisel Sch. of Med. Dartmouth; Marion Pepper, Univ. of Washington
    • Mentoring Effectively
      Table Leaders: Dan J. Carr, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Heth R. Turnquist, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.; Laura Santambrogio, Albert Einstein Col. of Med.; K. Scott Weber, Brigham Young Univ.
    • How to build a network for postdocs
      Table Leaders: Gudrun Debes, Thomas Jefferson Univ.; Bao Vuong, City Univ. of New York
    • Networking skills for PIs
      Table Leaders: Lawrence P. Kane, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Nicole L. Ward, Case Western Reserve Univ.
  • Career and Family: Balancing parenthood and career; the dual career couple
    Table Leaders: Gail A. Bishop, Univ. of Iowa; Michelle A. Swanson-Mungerson, Midwestern Univ. Chicago Col. of Osteopathic Med.; Paula M. Lutz, Univ. of Wyoming; Cathryn Nagler, Univ. of Chicago
  • Careers in Biotech and Industry: Moving from academia to industry and vice versa
    Table Leaders: Hilario Ramos, Molecular Templates; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Shannon J. Turley, Genentech; Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; David J. DiLillo, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Jacqueline M. McBride, Genentech; Catherine J. McMahan, Aptevo Therapeutics; Stephen T. Haley, Immudex; Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune
  • Careers at Governmental Agencies
    Table Leaders: Niki M. Moutsopoulos, NIH; Stacy E. Ferguson, NIAID, NIH
  • NIH Study Section Insights
    • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards
      Table Leaders: Tajie H. Harris, Univ. of Virginia; Amariliz Rivera-Medina, Rutgers New Jersey Med. Sch.; Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
    • Grant Writing for PIs
      Table Leaders: Carol F. Webb, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Sarah L. Gaffen, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • The Physician Scientist: Balancing clinical and research duties
    Table Leaders: Michael Silverman, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Gerald P. Morris, Univ. of California, San Diego; Penelope A. Morel, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
    Table Leaders: Robyn S. Klein, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.; Celeste Morley, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
  • Non-Research Careers for Scientists: Careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
    • Scientific Publishing
      Table Leader: Ellen C. Fox, The Journal of Immunology
    • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits
      Table Leaders: TBA
    • Careers in Technology Transfer
      Table Leaders: TBA
    • Careers in Science Policy
      Table Leaders: Lauren G. Gross, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI; Lauren L. Brodd, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI
  • International Opportunities in Science
    Table Leaders: Anne Hosmalin, Institut Cochin, Université Paris-Descartes Sorbonne-Paris-Cité; Christopher J. Paige, Princess Margaret Cancer Center

AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session
Saturday, May 5, 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM
Chair:
Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Networking skills have never been more crucial to ensure success for early/mid-career scientists, including those traditionally under-represented in biomedical research. At the roundtable, take advantage of the opportunity to meet in small-group format with accomplished, senior immunologists to hear how they have handled the career challenges you now face and learn what they believe will work for you today. Then practice networking in a relaxed environment offering a structured networking exercise and personalized feedback on communicating your scientific interests/objectives most effectively. Scientists and trainees of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend! Registration Fee: $30 (Includes lunch plus coffee during networking hour.)

Discussion topics and table leaders::

  • Grad student: finding a mentor, setting sights on postdoc training
    • Table Leaders: Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Duke Univ.; Tonya Webb, Univ. of Maryland; Adriana Larregina, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor, setting sights on a faculty position
    • Table Leaders: Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; Charlotte Vines, Univ. of Texas, El Paso; Eduardo Davila, Univ. of Maryland
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Floyd Wormley, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio; Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, Wistar Inst.
  • —New!— Work-life balance, it’s real!
    • Table Leader: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    • Table Leaders: Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Homero Sepulveda, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Government Agency Careers:
    • Table Leaders: Cherié Butts, Biogen; Charles Egwuagu, NEI, NIH; Jennifer Martinez, NIEHS, NIH
  • Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., entrepreneurship/research technology; intellectual property/patent law; non-profits/foundations
    • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences (research technology); Edwin Flores, Chalker Flores LLP (intellectual property law); Anastazia Older Aguilar, Gates Foundation (non-profits/foundations)

AAI Vanguard Lecture
Monday, May 7, 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Chair:
Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Speaker:

Elina Zuniga

  • Elina Zúñiga, Univ. of California, San Diego, The art of coexistence: immune adaptations during chronic viral infections

Since 2003, the AAI meeting has featured a scientific lecture presented by an AAI member who is an underrepresented minority investigator noted for scientific achievement and exemplary career success.

AAI Program Committee
Back to School: A Review of Four Fast-Moving Fields
Friday, May 5, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Chairs:
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., AAI Program Committee Chair
Jennifer A. Punt, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Vet. Med.

Speakers:

  • Jeffrey C. Rathmell, Vanderbilt Univ., Update on immunometabolism and how to fuel immunity
  • David A. Hildeman, Cincinnati Children’s Hosp. Med. Ctr., Cell death in the immune system
  • Ann J. Feeney, Scripps Res. Inst., Chromatin conformation and epigenetics of the antigen receptor loci shape emerging immune repertoires
  • Paul G. Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Res. Hosp., Defining essential features of epitope-specific T cell receptor repertoires responding to pathogens and tumors

This workshop intends to bring a broad audience up-to-date on a few emerging or rapidly changing fields or areas of technological innovation. Expert lecturers will provide an overview of each trending topic with an emphasis on communicating big picture concepts.

AAI Publications Committee
Writing Scientific Manuscripts and Responding to Reviewers: Tips on Navigating the Process
Sunday, May 6, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Chairs:
Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah; Chair, AAI Publications Committee
Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Immunology

Speakers:

  • Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah, Advice on writing a scientific manuscript
  • Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, You just received the reviews of your manuscript – how do you respond?
  • Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med., Ethics in Publishing: How to keep to the straight and narrow

In this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee, experienced editors will provide valuable insights to the processes of preparing a manuscript and responding to reviewers’ comments.

Panelists will address questions such as: When writing a manuscript, what steps can an author take to enhance its impact on editors, reviewers and, if accepted for publication, on readers? What are recommended practices for responding to reviewers’ comments? How can authors enhance the presentation of data in figures? In addition, the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Immunology will speak on how to avoid possible ethical missteps in scientific publishing.

AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee
Neonatal Immunity: Getting it Right from the Start
Support in part provided by the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Chairs:
Crystal Loving, Natl. Animal Dis. Ctr., ARS, USDA; AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee Chair
George Mutwiri, Univ. of Saskatchewan

Speakers:

  • John E. Butler, Univ. of Iowa Carver Col. of Med., The critical window of neonatal immune system development: lessons from animal models
  • Bettina Wagner, Cornell Univ. Col. of Vet. Med., Neonatal memory B cell activation in horses
  • Tod J. Merkel, FDA, Protecting neonates from pertussis—lessons from a baboon model
  • Philip Griebel,VIDO-Intervac, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Bovine mucosal immune system development: vaccines targeting the pathobiome

This symposium will emphasize factors impacting neonatal immune development and protection against disease across various animal systems. Whereas transitioning from a sterile environment to a world with a multitude of microbes makes a neonate vulnerable to infection, exposure to the microbial world is important for immune maturation, but poses a risk to neonatal health. Maternal-derived immune factors can provide protection during the vulnerable neonatal period, and various methods are being utilized to exploit maternal immunity or enhance neonatal acquired immunity. This symposium will highlight factors that can improve or impede neonatal health, identifying commonalities relevant to both human and animal health.

NIH Institute-Sponsored Symposia

National Institute on Aging (NIA) Symposium
Aging and Hematopoiesis
Sunday May 6, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Chairs:
Rebecca A. Fuldner, NIA, NIH
Ken Dorshkind, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Speakers:

  • Paul Frenette, Albert Einstein Col. Of Med., Aging of the bone marrow environment
  • Emmanuelle Passegue, Columbia Univ. Med. Ctr., TBA
  • Ken Dorshkind, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, The effects of aging on the transcriptional profile of hematopoietic stem cell subpopulations
  • Danica Chen, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Hematopoietic stem cell aging and rejuvenation: inflammasome regulation of the mitochondrial metabolic checkpoint

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Symposium
Maternal Effects on Fetal Immunity
Sunday, May 6, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Chairs:
Alison Deckhut Augustine, NIAID, NIH
Gil Mor, Yale Univ.

Speakers:

  • Gil Mor, Yale Univ., Mechanism of immune regulation by the placenta
  • Tippi MacKenzie, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Maternal and fetal T cell activation during preterm labor
  • Erin Adams, Univ. of Chicago, How antigen presentation by the nonclassical MHC, HLDA-F, modulates its interactions with NK receptors
  • Catherin Blish, Stanford Univ., Expansion of CD38-expressing NK cells with enhanced antiviral activity during pregnancy

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Symposium
Novel Findings and Next Steps Concerning Nanomaterial Exposures on the Immune System
Sunday, May 6, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Chairs:
Michael C. Humble, NIEHS, NIH
Andrij Holian, University of Montana

Speakers:

  • Jared Brown, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, Understanding mast cell activation in the development of safe nanotechnologies
  • Lisa DeLouise, Univ. of Rochester, Immunomodulatory effects of nanoparticles in a mouse model of skin and allergy
  • Andrij Holian, Univ. of Montana, Nanomaterials accelerate systemic autoimmune disease in lupus-prone New Zealand mixed mice
  • Srikanth Nadadur, NIEHS, NIH, Nano environmental health and safety research: where are we now?

Guest Society Symposia

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Symposium
Immunologic Responses to Gene Therapy for Hemophilia
Saturday, May 5, 10:15 AM – 12:15PM
Chairs:
Federico Mingozzi, INSERM, UPMC, Genethon
Roland W. Herzog, Univ. of Florida

Speakers:

  • Roland W. Herzog, Univ. of Florida, In vivo gene therapy to induce immune tolerance in hemophilia
  • Federico Mingozzi, INSERM, UPMC, Genethon, Immune responses in clinical trials for hemophelia
  • David W. Scott, Uniformed Services Univ., Regulatory T cell-mediated tolerance induction in hemophilia
  • Antonia Follenzi, Univ, of Piemonte Orientale, MicroRBA-regulated lentiviral gene therapy for treatment and immune tolerance in hemophilia

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) Symposium
New Paradigms in T Follicular Cell Biology and Transplant Immunity
Saturday, May 5 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Chairs:
Peter Heeger, Ichan Sch. of Med., Mount Sinai
Maria-Lusia Alegre, Univ. of Chicago

Speakers:

  • Scot Hale, Univ. of Utah, Recent progress in T follicular helper cell biology
  • Raul Badell, Univ. of Utah¸ Impact of CD28 costimulation blockade of T follicular helper and follicular regulatory Tfr responses in transplantation
  • Peter S. Heeger, Ichan Sch.of Med., Mount Sinai, Complement regulation of T follicular helper and germinal center B cells induced by transplantation
  • Diana Metes, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Tracking T follicular helper cells in human transplant recipients

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Symposia
Immune Lessons from Parasites
Monday, May 7, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Chairs:
Christine Peterson, Univ. of Iowa
Noah Butler, Univ. of Iowa

Speakers:

  • P’ng Loke, New York Univ., Alternatively activated macrophages during helminth infection
  • Emma Wilson, Univ. of California, Riverside, The neuroimmunological niche of Toxoplasma infection
  • Tiffany Borbon, Univ. of Iowa, Bacterial co-infection in murine cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Angela Mossiman, Oxford, Safety and immunogenicity of the novel Plasmodium falciparum blood stage vaccine RH5.1/AS01B in a phase 1/11a clinical trial

Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) Symposium
Innate Lymphoid Cells and Inflammatory Disease
Monday, May 7, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Chairs:
Kelly McNagny, Univ. of British Columbia
Arthur Mortha, Univ. of Toronto

Speakers:

  • Pamela Ohashi, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Innate lymphoid cells regulate CD8 T cell immunity
  • Jörg Fritz, McGill Univ., Molecular regulation of group 2 innate lymphoid cell functions
  • Arthur Mortha, Univ. of Toronto, Adaptive immune control of ILC3 functions
  • Fumio Takei, Univ. of British Columbia, Heterogeneity of mouse lung ILC2
  • Kelly McNagny, Univ. of British Columbia, Role of innate lymphoid cells in fibrotic disease

Chinese Society for Immunology (CSI) Symposium
The Regulatory Function of Innate Lympohid Cells and T-Cells
Sunday, May 6, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Chairs:
Bing Sun, Shanghai Inst. of Biochemistry and Cell
Leslie Berg, Univ. Mass. Med. Sch

Speakers:

  • Lanfen Chen, Sch. of Life Sciences, Xiamen Univ., The transcriptional coactivator TAZ regulates the Treg/Th17 balance
  • Guangwei Liu, Beijing Normal Univ., Histone deacetylase SIRT1 negatively regulates the differentiation of IL-9-producing CD4+ T cells
  • Xin Lin, Sch. of Med., Tsinghua Univ., The contribution of IL-17 receptor signaling components to psoriasis development
  • Zhanguo Li, Beijing Univ., Low dose interleukin-2 treatment selectively modulates CD4+ cells subsets in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

Chinese Society of Immunology, Taiwan (CSIT) Symposium
Inflammation and Immunity
Sunday, May 6, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Chairs:
Jenny Ting, Univ. of North Carolina
Kuo-I Lin, Genomics Res. Ctr., Academia Sinica

Speakers:

  • Kuo-I Lin, Genomics Res. Ctr, Academia Sinica, O-GlcNAcylation in B cell immunity
  • Szu-Ting Chen, Inst. of Clin. Med., Sch. of Med., Natl. Yang-Ming Univ., CLEC5A is a critical receptor in innate immunity against Listeria infection
  • Mu-Hwa Yang, Inst. of Clin. Med., Sch.of Med., Natl. Yang-Ming Univ., Communications between macrophages and cancer cells during tumor progression
  • Ming-Zong Lai, Inst. of Molec. Biol., Academia Sinica, Resolution of inflammation in primary immunodeficiency: an example or an exception?
  • Chien-Kuo Lee, Grad. Inst. of Immunology, Natl. Taiwan Univ. Col. of Med., Essential role of STAT1 in B cell differentiation

European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) Symposium
T Cell Memory
Saturday, May 5, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Chairs:
Federica Sallusto, Inst. for Res. in Biomedicine, Bellinzona
Susan Swain, Univ. of Massachusetts Med. Sch.

Speakers:

  • René van Lier, Sanquin Blood Supply Fndn., The Netherlands, Border control by virus-specific T cells
  • Susan Swain, Univ. of Massachusetts Med. Sch., Making CD4 memory and TFH and ThCTL effectors
  • Arne Akbar, Univ. Col. London, Strategies for enhancing immune memory during aging
  • Andreas Radbruch, German Rheumatism Res. Ctr. Berlin, The resting and restless memory

German Society for Immunology (DgFI) Symposium
Immune Regulation by Dendritic Cells
Monday, May 7, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Chairs:
Diana Dudziak, Univ. Hosp. Erlangen
Bjӧrn Clausen, Univ. Med. Ctr. of the Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Inst. for Molec. Med.

Speakers:

  • Michael Lohoff, Univ. of Marburg, The German Society of Immunology
  • Martin Zenke, RWTH Aachen Univ. Med. Sch., Inst. for Biomed. Engin., Molecules for development and homing of dendritic cells
  • Anne Krug, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ Munich Inst. for Immunology, Development and plasticity of plasmacytoid dendritic cells
  • Bjӧrn Clausen, Univ. Med. Ctr. of the Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Inst. for Molec. Med., Dendritic cells drive psoriatic skin disease in mice
  • Diana Dudziak, Univ. Hosp. Erlangen, Human lymphoid organ dendritic cell identity
  • Joachim Schultze, Univ. of Bonn, Single cell technologies to decipher the human myeloid cell atlas

International Complement Society (ICS)
New Discoveries in Complement: Impact on Health and Disease
Sunday, May 6, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Chairs:
Viviana P. Ferreira, Univ. of Toledo Col. Of Med .
Rick Wetsel, Univ. of Texas

Speakers:

  • Betty Diamond, Feinstein Ins. For Med. Res., C1q as an immune modulator of pro-inflammatory pathways
  • Claudia Kemper, NIH, Intracellular complement is required for basic physiological processes in immune cells
  • Ronald Taylor, Univ. of Virginia, Cancer and complement therapeutics: molecular structure to treatment regimens
  • Michael Carroll, Harvard Med. Sch., CD21 blockade of neurological symptoms of lupus

The International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) Symposium
Cytokine and Interferon Signaling in the Immune Response
Saturday, May 5, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Chairs:
Sarah L. Gaffen, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Shao-Cong Sun, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr.

Speakers:

  • Shao-Cong Sun, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr., Ubiquitin regulation of IL-15 signaling in T cells
  • Sarah L. Gaffen, Univ. of Pittsburgh, The yin and yang of IL-17 signaling
  • Michail S. Lionakis, NIH, NIAID, Host defense against Candida: lessons from primary immunodeficiencies
  • Jenny Ting, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Intracellular innate receptors: molecular biology, diseases, and the microbiome

Korean Association of Immunologists (KAI) and Association of Korean Immunologists in America (AKIA) Symposium
Novel Regulators of Immune Homeostasis and Inflammation
Saturday, May 5, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Chairs:
Woong-Kyung Suh, Montreal Clin. Res. Inst.
Je-Min Choi, Hanyang Univ.

Speakers:

  • Yoontae Lee, Postech, The role of Capicua in lymphocyte development and immune disorder
  • SunJung Kim, Feinstein Inst. for Med. Res., Tolerogenic function of dendritic cells and autoimmunity
  • Je-Min Choi, Hanyang Univ., Ligand independent CTLA-4 signaling peptide as a novel immune regulator in autoimmune diseases
  • Chang H. Kim, Univ. of Michigan, Roles of gut microbial metabolites in regulating immunity and inflammation

The Obesity Society (TOS) Symposium
Abnormal Metabolism and Inflammation as Driving Mechanisms in Breast Cancer
Sunday, May 6, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Chairs:
Gerald V. Denis, Boston Univ. Sch. of Med.
Neil M. Iyengar, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr.

Speakers:

  • Annapoorni Rangarajan, Indian Inst. of Sci., Inflammation and abnormal metabolism in breast cancer progression
  • Catherine Muller, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale, Bidirectional cross-talk between breast cancer and tumor-surrounding adipocytes in breast cancer progression
  • Guillaume Andrieu, Boston Univ. Sch. of Med., BET bromodomain proteins regulate cytokine drivers of breast cancer metastasis
  • Daniela F. Quail, McGill Univ. Cancer Ctr., Obesity and mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis

Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Symposium
Combination Cancer Immunotherapy: Expanding Clinical Success
Saturday, May 5, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Chairs:
Bernard A. Fox, Earle A. Chiles Res. Inst.
Leisha Emens, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Speakers:

  • Lawrence Fong, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde of combination checkpoint inhibition
  • Brendan Curti, Earle A. Chiles Res. Inst., Costimulation and chronicity: does timing matter
  • Leisha Emens, Johns Hopkins Univ., Emerging immunotherapy combinations for breast cancer
  • Chrystal Paulos, Med. Univ. of South Carolina, Harnessing durable memory T cell responses against cancer

The Society for Leukocyte Biology (SLB) Symposium
Society for Leukocyte Biology’s Early Career Investigators: Tissue Phagocyte Heterogeneity in Health and Disease
Monday, May 7, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Chairs:
Robert A. Clark, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr, San Antonio
Larry Schlesinger, Texas Biomed

Speakers:

  • Mark Headley, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Intravital analysis of tumor-immune engagement during pulmonary metastasis
  • Ty Troutman, Univ. of California, San Diego, Hepatic myeloid cell diversity during fibrosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Wendy Liu, Univ. of California, Irvine, Biophysical regulation of macrophage phenotype during wound healing
  • David Verhoeven, Iowa State Univ., Divergent macrophage control of early viral replication between infants/toddler and adults during influenza infection contributes to enhanced morbidity in the young

Society for Mucosal Immunology (SMI) Symposium
Immune Modulation at Mucosal Barriers
Monday, May 7, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Chairs:
Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
Nobuhiko Kamada, Univ. of Michigan

Speakers:

  • Nobuhiko Kamada, Univ. of Michigan, The mouth-gut axis: The influence of oral pathobionts on gastrointestinal disease
  • Manuela Raffatellu, Univ. of California, San Diego, Nutritional immunity in the inflamed gut
  • Niki Moutsopoulos, NIDCR, NIH, Tissue-specific immunity at the oral mucosal barrier
  • Jay K. Kolls, Tulane Univ., Regulation of Mucosal Immunity by IL-17R signaling

Society for Natural Immunity (SNI) Symposium
Towards Treatment of Human Cancer with NK Cells
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Chairs:
Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Inst.
Katy Rezvani, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr.

Speakers:

  • Anjali Mishra, Ohio State Univ., Malignant NK/T-cells in the context of human NK-cell development
  • Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Inst., Allogeneic NK cell therapy against hematological malignancies
  • Katy Rezvany, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr., Off-the-shelf CAR-transduced NK cells for cancer therapy
  • Evren Alici, Karolinska Inst., Ex vivo expansion of autologous NK cells for cancer treatment

Career Development Sessions

International Opportunities in Science
Monday, May 7, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Chair:
Hans-Martin Jäck, Univ. of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany

Panelists:

  • Anne Hosmalin, Inst. Cochin, Paris, France
  • Christopher J. Paige, Princess Margaret Cancer Ctr., Toronto, Canada
  • Bing Sun, Chinese Academy of Sci., Shanghai, China
  • Winfried F. Pickl, Med. Univ. of Vienna, Austria

Working as a scientist outside of the U.S. requires curiosity, adaptability, and open-mindedness, which are valuable qualities important for success in any career. Given the international reach of science, this new session will help immunologists learn about opportunities to gain professional experience beyond the U.S. This panel features scientists employed at academic or research institutions around the globe. Panelists will discuss the postdoctoral fellowship and grant application process; the benefits of international training and employment; the challenges in finding science-related jobs outside of the U.S.; and the process of moving your lab to another country. This session is open to anyone.

How to Convert Your CV into a Resumé
Supported in part by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM008637-21NCE]
Saturday, May 5, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Speaker:

  • Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Development Center, Baylor Col. of Med.

For anyone seeking a job outside of academe, how you present yourself on paper is critical. A well prepared resumé can make all the difference in securing that interview. The focus of this session will be on the important elements of a resumé, the differences between a resumé and the standard academic curriculum vitae, and the information needed to make a good impression. In this special career development session, attendees will be instructed in how to transform their CVs into professional resumés. Small breakout sessions for individual consulting will follow. Bring your CV!

Immunology Teaching Interest Group
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
Saturday, May 5, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Chairs:
Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ.
David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col.

Panelists:

  • Edith Porter, California State Univ., Los Angeles, Integrating caring and the human dimension in immunology to improve student learning
  • Crystal C. Walline, Univ. of North Carolina, Pembroke, Teaching immunology essentials with clinical correlations
  • Doreen E. Szollosi, Univ. of Saint Joseph Sch. of Pharmacy, Promoting critical thinking through writing in a first-year immunology course
  • Kara R. Lukin and Katja Aviszus, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, How to create effective student-driven learning without becoming overwhelmed

Breakout Session Leaders:

  • Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ., Intro undergraduate/graduate immunology: Developing a teaching philosophy and a course syllabus
  • Stephanie James, Regis Univ. Sch. of Pharmacy, Using team-based learning to teach immunology
  • Paula Kavathas, Yale Univ., A network of universities collaborate to improve STEM education and literacy
  • David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col., Topics in immunology teaching for medical schools: Selecting course content and “teaching to the USMLE”

Are you looking for new ideas or strategies to enliven and improve your teaching? If so, please join us for this special interest group which will focus on strategies that instructors can use to successfully convey immunology concepts to students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Topics will include the use of clinical correlations, writing, immediate feedback assessment, and more. The session will end with structured breakout discussion groups on Team-Based Learning, undergraduate/graduate education topics, and medical school teaching topics. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.

Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session
Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Saturday, May 5, 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM
Chair:
Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Networking skills have never been more crucial to ensure success for early/mid-career scientists, including those traditionally under-represented in biomedical research. At the roundtable, take advantage of the opportunity to meet in small-group format with accomplished, senior immunologists to hear how they have handled the career challenges you now face and learn what they believe will work for you today. Then practice networking in a relaxed environment offering a structured networking exercise and personalized feedback on communicating your scientific interests/objectives most effectively. Scientists and trainees of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend! Registration Fee: $30 (Includes lunch plus coffee during networking hour.)

Discussion topics and table leaders::

  • Grad student: finding a mentor, setting sights on postdoc training
    • Table Leaders: Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Duke Univ.; Tonya Webb, Univ. of Maryland; Adriana Larregina, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor, setting sights on a faculty position
    • Table Leaders: Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; Charlotte Vines, Univ. of Texas, El Paso; Eduardo Davila, Univ. of Maryland
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Floyd Wormley, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio; Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, Wistar Inst.
  • —New!— Work-life balance, it’s real!
    • Table Leader: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    • Table Leaders: Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Homero Sepulveda, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Government Agency Careers:
    • Table Leaders: Cherié Butts, Biogen; Charles Egwuagu, NEI, NIH; Jennifer Martinez, NIEHS, NIH
  • Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., entrepreneurship/research technology; intellectual property/patent law; non-profits/foundations
    • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences (research technology); Edwin Flores, Chalker Flores LLP (intellectual property law); Anastazia Older Aguilar, Gates Foundation (non-profits/foundations)

Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Chair:
Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune

Panelists:

  • Andrew C. Chan, Senior Vice President, Research Biology, Genentech, Inc.
  • David J. DiLillo, Staff Scientist, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Stephen T. Haley, Vice President, North America, and Chief Commercial Officer, Immudex
  • Catherine J. McMahan, Senior Director, Aptevo Therapeutics

Many opportunities exist in industry for scientists with advanced degrees. There are positions in laboratory research, program management, business development, regulatory affairs, clinical trials oversight, medical liaison, and more. This panel features scientists employed in a variety of positions in industry discussing their career paths and the skills required for success in each. Following the panel discussion, enjoy casual conversation with the speakers and other scientists from industry at a networking reception.

Interviewing for a Job
Supported in part by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM008637-21NCE]
Sunday, May 6, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Speaker:

  • Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Development Center, Baylor Col. of Med.

This session will be focused on tips and techniques to help you successfully navigate the interview process. Emphasis will be on how you can present yourself in the best possible light. You will also learn how to respond to unexpected questions. This session is open to anyone but is especially intended for student and postdoctoral attendees.

Careers in Science Roundtable
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Sunday, May 6, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Chair:
Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair

At this popular session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Gain insights into issues you are confronting in your own careers. Topics include international opportunities in science, succeeding in graduate school, participating in NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and exciting careers outside of the bench. There are also table discussions on navigating work-life issues such as balancing careers with family and transitioning from specific career stages that may be relevant to any work environment (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profit). Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $30 (Lunch included.)

Discussion topics and table leaders::

  • Research Careers in Academia
    • Succeeding in Graduate School
      Table Leaders: Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Med. Res. Foundation; Janice Blum, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Med.; Partha S. Biswas, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Charlotte M. Vines, Border Biomedical Research Center
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Ann Griffith, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Center; Anthony Rongvaux, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Center; Olivera J. Finn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.; Malini Raghavan, Univ. of Michigan Med. Sch.
    • Postdoc to PI: government research institutions:
      Table Leaders: Charles E. Egwuagu, NEI, NIH
    • Postdoc to PI: medical schools
      Table Leaders: Madeleine W. Cunningham, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Norian A. Lyse, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Steve M. Varga, Univ. of Iowa; Yina H. Huang, Geisel Sch. of Med. Dartmouth Col.
    • Postdoc to PI: undergraduate institutions
      Table Leaders: Jennifer Manilay, Univ. of California, Merced; Crystal Walline, Univ. of North Carolina, Pembroke; Penny E. Shockett, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.; Jennifer A. Punt, Univ. of Pennsylvania
    • New PI:
      • Recruiting students and postdocs
        Table Leaders: Marlene Bouvier, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
      • Preparing for promotion
        Table Leaders: Allan J. Zajac, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Lisa K. Denzin, Child Health Inst. of New Jersey, Rutgers
    • Negotiating an Academic Position
      Table Leaders: William R. Green, Geisel Sch. of Med. Dartmouth; Marion Pepper, Univ. of Washington
    • Mentoring Effectively
      Table Leaders: Dan J. Carr, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Heth R. Turnquist, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med.; Laura Santambrogio, Albert Einstein Col. of Med.; K. Scott Weber, Brigham Young Univ.
    • How to build a network for postdocs
      Table Leaders: Gudrun Debes, Thomas Jefferson Univ.; Bao Vuong, City Univ. of New York
    • Networking skills for PIs
      Table Leaders: Lawrence P. Kane, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Nicole L. Ward, Case Western Reserve Univ.
  • Career and Family: Balancing parenthood and career; the dual career couple
    Table Leaders: Gail A. Bishop, Univ. of Iowa; Michelle A. Swanson-Mungerson, Midwestern Univ. Chicago Col. of Osteopathic Med.; Paula M. Lutz, Univ. of Wyoming; Cathryn Nagler, Univ. of Chicago
  • Careers in Biotech and Industry: Moving from academia to industry and vice versa
    Table Leaders: Hilario Ramos, Molecular Templates; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Shannon J. Turley, Genentech; Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; David J. DiLillo, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Jacqueline M. McBride, Genentech; Catherine J. McMahan, Aptevo Therapeutics; Stephen T. Haley, Immudex; Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune
  • Careers at Governmental Agencies
    Table Leaders: Niki M. Moutsopoulos, NIH; Stacy E. Ferguson, NIAID, NIH
  • NIH Study Section Insights
    • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards
      Table Leaders: Tajie H. Harris, Univ. of Virginia; Amariliz Rivera-Medina, Rutgers New Jersey Med. Sch.; Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
    • Grant Writing for PIs
      Table Leaders: Carol F. Webb, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Center; Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Sarah L. Gaffen, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • The Physician Scientist: Balancing clinical and research duties
    Table Leaders: Michael Silverman, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Gerald P. Morris, Univ. of California, San Diego; Penelope A. Morel, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
    Table Leaders: Robyn S. Klein, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.; Celeste Morley, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
  • Non-Research Careers for Scientists: Careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
    • Scientific Publishing
      Table Leader: Ellen C. Fox, The Journal of Immunology
    • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits
      Table Leaders: TBA
    • Careers in Technology Transfer
      Table Leaders: TBA
    • Careers in Science Policy
      Table Leaders: Lauren G. Gross, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI; Lauren L. Brodd, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI
  • International Opportunities in Science
    Table Leaders: Anne Hosmalin, Institut Cochin, Université Paris-Descartes Sorbonne-Paris-Cité; Christopher J. Paige, Princess Margaret Cancer Center

NIH Grants Workshop: Demystifying the Grant Application Submission, Review, and Funding Processes
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Chair:
Tina McIntyre, CSR, NIH

Panelists:

  • Tina McIntyre, Scientific Review Officer, III Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH
  • Alison Deckhut-Augustine, Chief, Basic Immunology Branch, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, NIAID, NIH
  • Deborah Hodge, Scientific Review Officer, HAI Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of NIH grant submission, assignment, review, and funding opportunities. Emphasis will be given to identification of the most appropriate funding agencies and mechanisms available through NIH, how to make an application “reviewer friendly”, and other strategies that contribute to applications that succeed in obtaining research funding. The workshop will also provide information on how to understand the peer review system, which is essential to competing successfully for funding, with a focus on recent changes to the review process. NIH review and program staff will provide a broad array of expertise and encourage questions from seminar participants. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about preparing an NIH grant application and obtaining NIH funding. Trainees and independent investigators are welcome.

Writing Scientific Manuscripts and Responding to Reviewers: Tips on Navigating the Process
Sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee
Sunday, May 6, 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Chairs:
Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah; Chair, AAI Publications Committee
Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Immunology

Speakers:

  • Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah, Advice on writing a scientific manuscript
  • Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, You just received the reviews of your manuscript – how do you respond?
  • Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med., Ethics in Publishing: How to keep to the straight and narrow

In this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee, experienced editors will provide valuable insights to the processes of preparing a manuscript and responding to reviewers’ comments.

Panelists will address questions such as: When writing a manuscript, what steps can an author take to enhance its impact on editors, reviewers and, if accepted for publication, on readers? What are recommended practices for responding to reviewers’ comments? How can authors enhance the presentation of data in figures? In addition, the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Immunology will speak on how to avoid possible ethical missteps in scientific publishing.

Strategies for Successful Postdoctoral Training
Monday, May 7, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Speaker:

  • Deirdre Brekken, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr.

Postdoctoral training is the time to develop the research skills you will need to succeed as an independent scientist. It is, however, just as important to realize that you need to develop your professional skills to prepare you for your career path at the same time. This session will highlight ways of getting the most out of your postdoctoral training, relating successfully with your mentor, and understanding how to use the resources available to you to ensure that your training prepares you for the transition into the next phase of your career.