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Scientific Program by Session Type

Scientific Program by Session Type

Please note: The Scientific Program for IMMUNOLOGY 2019 is still coming together, and should be considered preliminary. As more of the program is established, the sessions will appear here. Check back often to view the latest additions.

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

AAI President’s Address

JoAnne L. FlynnJoAnne L. Flynn
Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President
At the interface of microbiology and immunology

Olja Finn, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Introduction

Sunday, May 12, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

AAI President’s Symposium

Interactions of pathogens with the immune system

Chair:

  • JoAnne L. Flynn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President

Speakers:

  • Philana Lin, Children’s Hosp. of Pittsburgh, Tuberculosis: exceptions to every rule
  • Karen A. Norris, Univ. of Georgia, Immunity in the immunocompromised host
  • Robert Seder, NIAID, NIH, Intravenous vaccination as an approach for inducing protective tissue resident T cells responses against tuberculosis and malaria
  • Vanja Lazarevic, NCI, NIH, Transcriptional regulation of the inflammatory response
Philana LinPhilana LinKaren A. NorrisKaren A. NorrisRobert SederRobert SederVanja LazarevicVanja Lazarevic

Distinguished Lectures

Friday, May 10, 2019  6:00 pm – 6:45 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

Andrea J. TennerAndrea J. Tenner
Univ. of California, Irvine
Complement: primitive yet powerful – new discoveries in immunity and the nervous system

Saturday, May 11, 2019  6:00 pm – 6:45 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

Bruce R. BlazarBruce R. Blazar
Univ. of Minnesota
Stem cell transplantation: restoring immune balance

Sunday, May 12, 2019  6:00 pm – 6:45 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

Gwendalyn J. RandolphGwendalyn J. Randolph
Washington Univ., St. Louis
Clearance of molecules and cells from sites of inflammation

Major Symposia

Friday, May 10, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20D  

Major Symposium A: Interactions of Innate and Adaptive Immune Cells that Promote Autoimmunity

Chairs:

  • David A. Hafler, Yale Univ.
  • Melissa A. Brown, Feinberg Sch. of Med., Northwestern Univ.

Speakers:

  • David A. Hafler, Yale Univ., Finding the culprit in human autoimmune disease
  • Melissa A. Brown, Feinberg Sch. of Med., Northwestern Univ., How testosterone shapes T cell responses in neuroinflammatory disease
  • Maureen Su, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Blaming the victim: target tissues in the autoimmune response
  • Jane Buckner, Benaroya Res. Inst., T cell intrinsic and extrinsic factors determine the function of Treg in autoimmunity
  • Mandy McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Th17 functions in mouse and man
  • Vijay K. Kuchroo, Brigham and Women’s Hosp., Th17 cells and induction of tissue inflammation
Friday, May 10, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20BC  

Major Symposium B: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Immune Aspects of the Tumor Microenvironment

Chairs:

  • Victor H. Engelhard, Univ. of Virginia
  • Mary Jo Turk, Dartmouth Geisel Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Victor H. Engelhard, Univ. of Virginia, Immune cell infiltration and tertiary lymphoid structures as determinants of antitumor immunity
  • Mary Jo Turk, Dartmouth Geisel Sch. of Med., Resident memory T cell responses to melanoma with associated autoimmunity
  • Jennifer A. Wargo, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr., The role of the microbiome in response and toxicity to cancer therapy
  • Max Krummel, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Visualization and class discovery of tumoral immune systems – beyond checkpoint blockade
  • Susan M. Kaech, Salk Inst., Metabolic regulation of anti-tumor immunity
  • Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Ctr. and Res. Inst., Protective spontaneous humoral responses in ovarian cancer
Saturday, May 11, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20D  

Major Symposium C: Acute and Chronic Inflammation

Chairs:

  • Claudia Kemper, NHLBI, NIH
  • Michael C. Carroll, Boston Children’s Hosp.

Speakers:

  • Claudia Kemper, NHLBI, NIH, An unexpected key role for the complosome in cell metabolism
  • Michael C. Carroll, Boston Children’s Hosp., Functional importance of allelic differences in human complement C4A and C4B and inflammatory disease
  • Jörg Köhl, Univ. of Lübeck, Germany, Non-canonical functions of complement in inflammatory diseases
  • Clare E. Bryant, Univ. of Cambridge, England, Pattern recognition receptor signalling in response to bacterial infection
  • Grace Y. Chen, Univ. of Michigan, Regulation of intestinal inflammation by NLRs and the gut microbiota
  • Susan Carpenter, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, The how and why of lncRNA function during inflammation
Saturday, May 11, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20BC  

Major Symposium D: Structural and Cellular Aspects of Innate Lymphocytes

Chairs:

  • Erin J. Adams, Univ. of Chicago
  • Joseph Sun, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr.

Speakers:

    • Erin J. Adams, Univ. of Chicago, Molecular recognition by immune receptors
    • Joseph Sun, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., Epigenetic and transcriptional control of innate lymphocytes
    • Luc Teyton, Scripps Res. Inst., Structural anatomy of the T cell receptor complex: towards understanding of function
    • Catherine Blish, Stanford Univ., Tuning the natural killer response
    • Mariapia A. Delgi-Esposti, Univ. of Western Australia, Australia, Innate lymphocyte responses to viral infection
Sunday, May 12, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20D  

Major Symposium E: Mechanisms of Allergic Immunity

Chairs:

  • Richard M. Locksley, Univ. of California, San Francisco
  • Jakob von Moltke, Univ. of Washington

Speakers:

  • Richard M. Locksley, Univ. of California, San Francisco, ILC2s in allergic immunity – center stage or bit players?
  • Jacob von Moltke, Univ. of Washington, The missing piece: tuft cells and the intestinal type 2 immune response
  • Xin Sun, Univ. of California, San Diego, Lung crosstalk to residential immune cells
  • Nora A. Barrett, Brigham and Women’s Hosp., Epithelial cell remodeling in the respiratory mucosa: from form to function
  • Brian S. Kim, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. in St. Louis, The neuroimmune basis of chronic itch
  • Caroline L. Sokol, Massachusetts General Hosp., Control of dendritic cell migration in response to allergens
Sunday, May 12, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20BC  

Major Symposium F: Functional Plasticity of Innate and Adaptive Immune Cells

Chairs:

  • Ananda W. Goldrath, Univ. of California, San Diego
  • Jessica A. Hamerman, Benaroya Res. Inst.

Speakers:

  • Ananda W. Goldrath, Univ. of California, San Diego, Reinforcing memory T cell states and fates
  • Jessica A. Hamerman, Benaroya Res. Inst., Monocyte differentiation during inflammation
  • Deepta Bhattacharya, Univ. of Arizona, Metabolic plasticity during hematopoietic development and B cell responses
  • Jinfang “Jeff” Zhu, NIAID, NIH, Dynamic T-bet expression in CD4 T cell subset
  • David G. DeNardo, Washington Univ. in St. Louis, Tumor immunity and pancreas cancer
  • Pandurangan Vijayanand, La Jolla Inst. for Immunology, Impact of genetic polymorphisms on human immune cell gene expression
Monday, May 13, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20D  

Major Symposium G: Immune Responses to Emerging Viral Infections

Chairs:

  • James Crowe Jr., Vanderbilt Univ.
  • Sara Cherry, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Speakers:

  • James Crowe Jr., Vanderbilt Univ., Human B cell responses to emerging viral infections
  • Sara Cherry, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Using functional genomics to reveal new facets of antiviral immunity
  • Carolyn B. Coyne, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Breaking and entering: viral infections of host barrier surfaces
  • Erica Ollmann Saphire, Scripps Res. Inst., Broad and potent neutralization of Ebola and Lassa: insights from structural biology
  • Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, Icahn Sch. of Med., Mount Sinai, Immune determinants of severe influenza virus infection
  • Sujan Shresta, La Jolla Inst. for Immunology, Adaptive immune response to Dengue and Zika: protection or pathogenesis?
Monday, May 13, 2019  8:00 am – 11:30 am  Ballroom 20BC  

Major Symposium H: Regulating Immune Cell Metabolism to Regulate Immune Responses

Chairs:

  • Jonathan Powell, Johns Hopkins Univ.
  • Laurence Morel, Univ. of Florida

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Powell, Johns Hopkins Univ., mTOR links TCR engagement with metabolic reprogramming to regulate T cell activation, differentiation and function
  • Laurence Morel, Univ. of Florida, Metabolic regulation of autoimmunity in lupus
  • Maksym N. Artyomov, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. in St. Louis, Itaconate immunology – from one cell to many
  • Greg M. Delgoffe, Univ. of Pittsburg, Improving immunotherapy of cancer through metabolic reprogramming
  • Jennifer Martinez, NIEHS, NIH, Non-canonical autophagy mediates the immunometabolic program

Award Lectures & 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

Thursday, May 9, 2019  5:00 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

AAI Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

Chair:

  • JoAnne L. Flynn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President

Award Recipient:
Pamela FinkPamela J. Fink
Univ. of Washington

 
AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn 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 career of scientific achievement and for contributions to AAI and
fellow immunologists.

Friday, May 10, 2019  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 30AB  

AAI Distinguished Service Award Presentation

Chair:

  • M. Michele Hogan, AAI

Award Recipients:
Beth GarvyBeth A. Garvy
Univ. of Kentucky Chandler Med. Ctr.
For outstanding service to AAI and the immunology community as member and Chair of the AAI Committee on Public Affairs, 2011-2018

Clinton MathiasClinton B. Mathias
Western New England Univ.
For outstanding service to AAI and the immunology community as as Director of the AAI High School Teachers Program, 2012-2018

 

AAI Executive Director M. Michele Hogan will introduce the awardees and present the awards during the AAI Business Meeting.
 
The AAI Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual for outstanding service to AAI and the immunology community.

Friday, May 10, 2019  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award Presentation and Lecture

Generously supported by BD Biosciences

Chair:

  • JoAnne L. Flynn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President

Award Recipient:
Francisco J. Quintana
Brigham and Women’s Hosp., Harvard Med. Sch.
Environmental control of CNS inflammation
 
AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn and Robert Balderas, Vice President of Biological Sciences and Market Development, BD Biosciences, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Quintana’s lecture.
 
The AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award recognizes an early-career investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of immunology.

Saturday, May 11, 2019  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Room 25ABC  

AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award Presentation and Lecture

Generously supported by BioLegend

Chair:

  • JoAnne L. Flynn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President

Award Recipient:
Frederick AltFrederick W. Alt
HHMI, Boston Children’s Hosp.
The fundamental role of chromatin loop extrusion in antibody diversification

 
AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn and Leonore A. Herzenberg, Stanford Univ. Sch. of Med., will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Alt’s lecture.
 
The AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award recognizes outstanding research contributions to the field of immunology in the area of B cell biology.

Saturday, May 11, 2019  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award Presentation and Lecture

Generously supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific

Chair:

  • JoAnne L. Flynn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President

Award Recipient:
Kristin HogquistKristin A. Hogquist
Univ. of Minnesota Ctr. for Immunology
The thymus: a raucous nursery
 
AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn and Christoph Hergersberg, Vice President of Research and Development, Thermo Fisher Scientific, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Hogquist’s lecture.
 
The AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award recognizes a mid-career scientist for outstanding research contributions to the field of immunology.

Sunday, May 12, 2019  12:30 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award Presentation

Chair:

  • JoAnne L. Flynn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President

Award Recipient:
Harvey CantorHarvey Cantor
Dana-Farber Cancer Inst., Harvard Med. Sch.

 
AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn 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.

Sunday, May 12, 2019  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  Ballroom 20BCD  

AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research Presentation and Lecture

Chair:

  • JoAnne L. Flynn, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., AAI President

Award Recipient:
Steven A RosenbergSteven A. Rosenberg
NCI, NIH
Lymphocytes as a drug for the treatment of human cancer
 
AAI President JoAnne L. Flynn will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Rosenberg’s lecture.
 
The AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the understanding of immune processes underlying 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

Friday, May 10, 2019  3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Room 33ABC  

Obtaining Deep Mechanistic Insights from and into the Human System

Sponsored by the AAI Clinical Immunology Committee

Chairs:

  • Jordan S. Orange, Columbia Univ. Med. Ctr., AAI Clinical Immunology Committee Chair
  • Veena Taneja, Mayo Clin.

Speakers:

  • Megan A. Cooper, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med. in St. Louis, Immune dysregulation with STAT3 gain-of-function
  • Raif Geha, Harvard Med. Sch., Novel immunodeficiencies from the ICID network
  • Mark S. Anderson, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Central immune tolerance and human autoimmunity
  • Helen Su, NIAID/NIH, Elucidating molecular mechanisms of a novel inherited immunodeficiency-immunodysregulation disorder

The study of human disease has always provided the opportunity to derive unconventional insights into immunology. Current genomic technologies and cutting edge biological approaches have not only made these opportunities more accessible, but they are being brought to bear with greater frequency and impact. Aberrant human immunity owing to inherent genetic influence can result in immunodeficiency, immunodysregulation, autoimmunity, autoinflammation or blends of these clinical expressions. The faculty of this session have made seminal contributions understanding how aberrant immunity causes clinical disease while providing profound mechanistic insights into how the human immune system works.

Friday, May 10, 2019  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Room 32AB  

Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee

Chair:

  • Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Ballroom 20A  

Careers in Science Roundtable

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women

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 career. 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 beyond the bench. New to the 2019 session are topics on balancing teaching and research and careers in veterinary immunology. There are also table discussions on navigating work-life issues, such as balancing careers with family and transitioning from specific career stages, which 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: Lori R. Covey, Rutgers Univ.; Ann Griffith, Univ. of Texas Hlth. San Antonio

    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Lyse A. Norian, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Lisa K. Denzin, Child Health Inst. of New Jersey, Rutgers; Tyler K. Ulland, Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Postdoc to PI
    • Government Research Institutions
      Table Leaders: Dorian McGavern, NINDS, NIH
    • Medical Schools
      Table Leaders: Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Meera G. Nair, Univ. of California, Riverside
    • Undergraduate Institutions
      Table Leaders: Matthew R. Olson, Purdue Univ.
  • New PI:
    • Recruiting Students and Postdocs
      Table Leaders: Irene Salinas, Univ. of New Mexico; Aimee M. Beaulieu, Rutgers Univ.
    • Preparing for Promotion
      Table Leaders: Louis B. Justement, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
    • Tips for Balancing Teaching and Research
      Table Leaders: Bao Q. Vuong, City Col. of New York
  • Negotiating an Academic Position
    Table Leaders: Gudrun Debes, Thomas Jefferson Univ.; William R. Green, Dartmouth Univ. Geisel Sch. of Med.
  • Mentoring Effectively
    Table Leaders: Amanda M. Jamieson, Brown Univ.
  • How to Build a Network for Postdocs
    Table Leaders: Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.
  • Networking Skills for PIs
    Table Leaders: TBA
Careers in Veterinary Immunology
  • Table Leaders: Alan J. Young, South Dakota State Univ.; Crystal L. Loving, USDA
Work / Life Balance
  • Table Leaders: Jennifer M. Lund, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Ctr.; Kathryn E. Hulse, Northwestern Univ.
Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
  • Table Leaders: William H. Hildebrand, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Jennifer Towne, Jansen; Antara Banerjee, Takeda; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; Catherine J. McMahan, Aptevo Therapeutics; Stephen T. Haley, Immudex; Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune; Yina H. Huang, Dartmouth Univ. Geisel School of Med.
Careers at Governmental Agencies
  • Table Leaders: Deborah L. Hodge, CSR, NIH
NIH Study Section Insights
  • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards
    Table Leaders: Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Grant Writing for PIs
    Table Leaders: Jyotika Sharma, Univ. of North Dakota.; Tessa Bergsbaken, Rutgers New Jersey Med. Sch.
The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
  • Table Leaders: Tyler J. Curiel, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
  • Table Leaders: TBA
Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
  • Scientific Publishing
    Table Leader: TBA
  • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits
    Table Leaders: Courtney R. Pinard, Career Development and Awards, AAI
  • 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: TBA
Friday, May 10, 2019  11:00 am – 1:00 pm  Room 32AB  

Immunology Teaching Interest Group

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee

Chairs:

  • Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ.
  • Stephanie James, Regis Univ. Sch. of Pharmacy

Panelists:

  • Michelle Snyder, Towson Univ., Student outcomes in a CURE course using simple model organisms to characterize host-pathogen interactions
  • Laurie Shornick, Saint Louis Univ., Using an entrepreneurial mindset activity to create value in an immunobiology course
  • John Frelinger, Univ. of Rochester, Immunology “hooks:” strategies to increase student engagement
  • William Carr, Medgar Evers Col., City Univ. of New York, Using Pillars of Immunology research articles to enhance problem-solving skills among undergraduate students at a Predominantly Black Institution

Breakout Session Leaders:

  • Deborah Brown, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, Just in Time Teaching strategies and student outcomes
  • Devavani Chatterjea, Macalester Col., Ready to talk about it? A toolkit for reading and discussing scientific papers in undergraduate immunology classrooms
  • Nicholas Pullen, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Authentic science engagement: toward a CURE for undergraduate immunology?
  • Kara Lukin, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, Jeffrey Novack, Col. of Med., Pacific Northwest Univ., and Sarah Redmond, Radford Univ., Using case studies across the immunology curriculum

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. The session will explore the use of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE), Just in Time Teaching, research articles, entrepreneurial mindset activities, and more through talks and structured breakout discussion groups. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.

Friday, May 10, 2019  11:45 am – 2:15 pm  Ballroom 20A  

Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session

Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee

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 coffee break.)

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
Postdoc: finding a mentor, setting sights on a faculty position
  • Table Leaders: Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; C. Henrique Serezani, Vanderbilt Univ.
Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
  • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Margaret S. Bynoe, Cornell Univ.; Prosper Boyaka, Ohio State Univ.
Work-life balance, it’s real!
  • Table Leader: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.
Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
  • Table Leader: Homero Sepulveda, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Cherié Butts, Biogen; Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis
Government Agency Careers:
  • Table Leader: Jennifer Martinez, NIEHS, NIH; Marta Catalfamo, Georgetown Univ.
Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., entrepreneurship/research technology; intellectual property/patent law; non-profits/foundations
  • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; James W. Lillard, Morehouse Sch. of Med.; Thandi Onami, Gates Foundation
Sunday, May 12, 2019  11:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 26AB  

AAI Vanguard Lecture

Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee

Chair:

  • Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Margaret BynoeSpeaker:

  • Margaret S. Bynoe, Cornell Univ., Adenosine: adenosine receptor axis in blood brain barrier (BBB) permeability regulation

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.

Thursday, May 9, 2019  2:30 pm – 4:30 pm  Room 33ABC  

Back to School: A Review of Four Fast-Moving Fields

Sponsored by the AAI Program Committee

Chairs:

  • David Masopust, Univ. Minnesota, AAI Program Committee Chair
  • Julie Magarian Blander, Weill Cornell Med. Col. of Cornell Univ.

Speakers:

  • Dennis Burton, Scripps Res. Inst., Super antibodies: the fourth generation
  • Alex Shalek, Massachusetts Inst. of Technol., Cellular heterogeneity in the immune system: turning a bug into a feature with single-cell genomics
  • Joshua Thurman, Univ. of Colorado, The complement system – new tricks for an old dog
  • Catherine Hedrick, La Jolla Inst. for Immunology, Myeloid cells: directors of the tumor immune microenvironment

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.

Friday, May 10, 2019  10:15 am – 11:45 am  Room 26AB  

Advocating for Biomedical Research: We’ve Done it and So Can You!

Sponsored by the AAI Committee on Public Affairs

Chair:

  • David D. Chaplin, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair

Speakers:

  • Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington Univ. Sch. Of Med.
  • Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington
  • Lisa A. Borghesi, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Additional speakers TBA

A 2017 report by the Congressional Management Foundation supports what we at AAI have long believed: that advocacy is important and effective, and that direct interactions between constituents and lawmakers/their staffs are especially influential. Consistent, strong advocacy has played an essential role in persuading Congress to increase the NIH budget by $9 billion over the last four years and to reject a harmful provision that could have significantly increased taxes on graduate students. But how can you, as a working scientist, help ensure that supporting biomedical research, NIH, and the needs of researchers remain top Congressional priorities?

This session will explore key questions like why, how, and when you should advocate for biomedical research. It will also feature a panel of immunologists from various careers stages who have engaged in advocacy in a variety of interesting and unique ways. These researchers will share their experiences and then welcome questions from the audience.

Saturday, May 11, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 33ABC  

Fostering Diversity and Preventing Harassment in the Biomedical Research Workforce

Sponsored by the AAI Committee on Public Affairs, the AAI Minority Affairs Committee, and the AAI Committee on the Status of Women

AAI believes that science thrives when all scientists thrive. And while the current biomedical research workforce is more diverse and welcoming than ever before, it is insufficiently diverse – and all too often unwelcoming – to female and underrepresented minority scientists. Both the federal government [through its Government Accountability Office (GAO)], and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), have recently spoken out on these concerns. An August 2018 GAO report examines progress that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has made in increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce and challenges NIH to do more. And a June 2018 NASEM report, entitled “Sexual Harassment of Women, Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” describes continuing “biases and barriers,” including sexual harassment, that are faced by women scientists, and recommends ways to combat the problem.

 

This session will explore NIH actions to strengthen the diversity of the biomedical research workforce and address recommendations highlighted by the GAO report. It will also focus on the NASEM report, and delve into a key finding: “Diverse, inclusive, and respectful academic environments are environments where careers flourish, but sexual harassment does not.”

Saturday, May 11, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 33ABC  

How to Get Your Science Published: Tips on Navigating the Process

Sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee

Chairs:

  • Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah; Chair, AAI Publications Committee
  • Eugene M. Oltz, The Ohio State Univ. College of Medicine; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Immunology

Speakers:

  • Brian D. Evavold, Univ. of Utah, You’ve done the research, now tell the story: advice on writing manuscripts
  • Eugene M. Oltz, The Ohio State Univ. College of Medicine, Advancing your career: why you should publish in The JI
  • Cathryn R. Nagler, The University of Chicago, Ethics in scientific publication: a few do’s and a lot of don’ts
  • Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, Successfully — and diplomatically — responding to reviewers

In this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee, experienced editors and authors will provide valuable insights to the processes of preparing a manuscript, responding to reviewers’ comments, and how to avoid possible ethical missteps in scientific publishing. In addition, the Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of Immunology will speak on the career benefits of publishing in The JI.

Friday, May 10, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 26AB  

Towards One Health: Understanding Disease with Animal Models

Sponsored by the AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee

Support in part provided by the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists (AAVI)

Chairs:

  • Crystal Loving, Natl. Animal Dis. Ctr., ARS, USDA, AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee Chair
  • Alan J. Young, South Dakota State Univ., AAVI President

Speakers:

  • John P. Driver, Univ. of Florida, The pig as a translational model to evaluate NKT cell therapy
  • Jodi L. McGill, Iowa State Univ., Use of the neonatal calf for development of novel intervention strategies to reduce and prevent respiratory syncytial virus infection
  • Adam J. Moeser, Michigan State Univ., Early life stress impacts lifelong immune function, but how? Studying piglets may shed light
  • Irene Salinas, Univ. of New Mexico, Rainbow trout as model for understanding neuroimmune interactions at the nasal mucosa

One Health is an approach to ensure the well-being of people, animals, and the environment through collaborative problem solving and interdisciplinary collaboration. Many of the microbes and environmental stressors that impact humans also impact animals, as they overlap in many of the same ecosystems. The intent of this symposium is to present research in animal models that provide important discoveries and findings for improving both human and animal health. The symposium will feature research in pigs, neonatal cattle, and fish and will span topics of stress, interventions, therapy, and neuroimmune interactions. It will showcase commonalities between human and animal health, and highlight the value of One Health approach for understanding immunity and enhancing disease resilience.

NIH Institute-Sponsored Symposia

Friday, May 10, 2019  3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Room 25ABC  

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Symposium: Imaging Tissue-Specific Immunity

Chairs:

  • Lakshmi Ramachandra, NIAID, NIH
  • Deborah Fowell, Univ. of Rochester

Speakers:

  • Deborah Fowell, Univ. of Rochester, T cell navigation within the inflamed skin
  • Garry Nolan, Stanford Univ., Immune pathology from the molecular scale on up
  • Rodrigo Gonzalez, Harvard Univ., Microscopy imaging of cellular immune responses in the nasal mucosa
  • Christopher Hunter, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Host-pathogen interactions that leads to T cell priming
Saturday, May 11, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 25ABC  

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Symposium: The Missing Link: Our Environment and Immune Mediated Diseases

Chairs:

  • Michael C. Humble, NIEHS, NIH
  • Celine Beamer, Univ. of Montana

Speakers:

  • Celine Beamer, Univ. of Montana, Involvement of AhR in thymic ILC function and regulation
  • Michael Laiosa, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Regulation of cellular energetics by the Aryl hydrocarbon receptor during hematopoiesis
  • Susan McKarns, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Aryl hydrocarbon receptor on CD4+ T cell differentiation and autoimmune disease
Sunday, May 12, 2019  3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Room 25ABC  

National Institute on Aging (NIA) Symposium: Immune Metabolism, Inflammation, and Aging

Chairs:

  • Rebecca A. Fuldner, NIA, NIH
  • Cornelia Weyand, Stanford Univ.

Speakers:

  • Cornelia Weyand, Stanford Univ., Metabolic fitness of T cells in aging and inflammation
  • Christina Camell, Yale Univ., Tissue resident macrophages drive adipose dysfunction during aging
  • Valter Longo, Univ. of Southern California, Fasting mimicking diets, immunity, and cancer
  • Alison Ringel, Harvard Univ., Immunomodulatory mechanisms in the tumor microenvironment
Monday, May 13, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 30AB  

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Symposium: Single Cell Deconstruction of Rheumatoid Synovium and Lupus Kidney by the RA/SLE Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) Network

Chairs:

  • Jennifer Anolik, Univ. of Rochester
  • Michael Brenner, Brigham and Women’s Hosp.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Anolik, Univ. of Rochester, AMP approach and what we have learned about RA synovial pathotypes
  • Soumya Raychaudhuri, Brigham and Women’s Hosp., The immune landscape in the RA synovium
  • Michael Brenner, Brigham and Women’s Hosp., The stromal cell landscape in the RA synovium synovium from single cell analysis
  • Chaim Putterman, Albert Einstein Col. of Med., New insights into renal resident cells from the AMP Lupus Nephritis cohort
  • Paul Hoover, Broad Inst., The immune cell landscape in lupus nephritis kidneys

Guest Society Symposia

Sunday, May 12, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 31ABC  

The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI): HLA and Human Immunity

Chairs:

  • William Hildebrand, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Elaine Reed, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Speakers:

  • Bjoern Peters, La Jolla Inst. for Immunology, Role of HLA in allergy
  • Hannah Carter, Univ. of California, San Diego, HLA and the mutational burden of tumors
  • Elaine Reed, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Monitoring antibodies to HLA in organ transplantation
  • Melanie Hariff, Oregon Hlth. & Sci. Univ., T cell responses mediated by human MR1
Friday, May 10, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 33ABC  

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) Symposium: Teaching Old Dogmas New Tricks: Novel Functions of Macrophages and Dendritic Cells

Chairs:

  • David Rothstein, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Anita Chong, Univ. of Chicago

Speakers:

    • Fadi Lakkis, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Innate allorecognition drives allograft rejection
    • Ankit Bharat, Northwestern Univ., Donor pulmonary monocytes and allograft dysfunction
    • Thalachallour Monhanakumar, Univ. of Arizona, Donor alveolar macrophages mediate chronic lung allograft rejection
    • Xunrong Luo, Duke Univ., Tolerogenic macrophages in the spleen and heart
Friday, May 10, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 25ABC  

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Symposia: Immune Responses to Parasites

Chairs:

  • Robin Stephens, Univ. of Texas Med. Br., Galveston
  • Francis M. N’dungu, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Res. Programme, Kenya

Speakers:

  • Margaret E. Feeny, Univ. of California, San Francisco Med. Ctr., αβ and γδ T cells and cytokines in the regulation of the immune response to P. falciparum malaria
  • D’Broski Herbert, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Vet. Med., LINGO proteins: a new language for the mucosal barrier
  • Vashti Irani, Burnet Inst., Australia, IgG3 subclass antibodies mediate the most effective functional responses against P. falciparum merozoite invasion ligands
  • Christine S. Hopp, NIH, NIAID, Ex vivo analysis of P. falciparum-specific B cell responses to natural malaria infection in children and adults
Sunday, May 12, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 25ABC  

Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) Symposium: Evolving Mechanisms of Disease Tolerance in Infection and Immunity

Chairs:

  • Irah King, McGill Univ.
  • Lisa Osborne, Univ. of British Columbia

Speakers:

  • Irah King, McGill Univ., Innate immune mechanisms of disease tolerance to intestinal helminth infection
  • Maziar Divangahi, McGill Univ., Disease tolerance: a missing lin in immunity to influenza virus infection
  • David Schneider, Stanford Univ., Using mouse diversity as a way to proble disease tolerance to malaria infections
  • Andrew Olive, Michigan State Univ., Dissection the contributions of host resistance and tolerance in the outcome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
Saturday, May 11, 2019  3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Room 26AB  

Chinese Society for Immunology (CSI) Symposium: Innate Immunity and Tumor Immunology

Chairs:

  • Bing Sun, Shanghai Inst. of Biochemistry and Cell
  • Rachel Caspi, NEI, NIH

Speakers:

  • Jie Zhou, Tianjin Med. Univ., China, ICAM-1 controls development and function of ILC2
  • Zusen Fan, Chinese Academy of Sci., China, Regulatory innate lymphoid cells control innate intestinal inflammation
  • Zemin Zhang, Peking Univ., China, Global characterization of T cells in non-small-cell lung cancer by single-cell sequencing
  • Long Zhang, Zhejiang Univ., China, Tumor-derived exosomes antagonize innate antiviral immunity
Saturday, May 11, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 30AB  

Chinese Society of Immunology, Taiwan (CSIT) Symposium: Host Defense Against Microbial Infection

Chairs:

  • Jenny Ting, Univ. of North Carolina
  • Shie-Liang Hsieh, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Speakers:

  • Shie-Liang Hsieh, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Targeting siglec for immunotherapy against HBV infection
  • Mi-Hua Tao, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Cure chronic HBV infection via targeting adaptive immune response: a critical role of CD4+ T cells
  • Hung-Chih Yang, National Taiwan Univ. Hosp., Biodegradable nanoparticle co-encapsulating peptides and CpG elicits protective T cell immunity against lethal influenza viral infection
  • Chung-Yi Wu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, New method for the development of glycoconjugate bacterial vaccines using bacteriophages
  • Tse-Hua Tan, Natl. Hlth. Research Inst., Taiwan, T-cell signaling in Th17-mediated inflammation
Friday, May 10, 2019  3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Room 26AB  

German Society for Immunology (DgFI) Symposium: Nucleic Acid Immunity

Chairs:

  • Gunther Hartmann, Univ. of Bonn, Germany
  • Veit Hornung, Univ. of Munich, Germany
  • Axel Roers, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Speakers:

  • Thomas Kamradt, Univ. of Jena , Germany, German Society of Immunology
  • Gunther Hatman, Univ. of Bonn, Germany, Cooperation of DNases and cGAS in immune sensing of DNA
  • Axel Roers, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, Mechanisms of pathogenic chronic activation of intracellular DNA sensing
  • Veit Hornung, Univ. of Munich, Germany, DNA-induced inflammasome activation
  • Martin Schlee, Univ. of Bonn, Germany, RNA modifications impairing the RIG-I pathway
  • Andrea Ablasser, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Insights into innate DNA sensing through the cGAS-STING pathway
  • Min Ae Lee-Kirsch, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, Therapeutic approaches to type 1 interferonopathies
Saturday, May 11, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 26AB  

International Complement Society (ICS): Newly Defined Essential Roles of Complement

Chairs:

  • Ron Taylor, Univ. of Virginia
  • Sanjay Ram, Univ. of Massachusetts Med. Sch.

Speakers:

  • Maciej Markiewski, Texas Tech Univ. Hlth. Sci. Ctr., Complement as an emerging target for cancer immunotherapy
  • Claire Harris, Newcastle Univ., United Kingdom, Complement and disease: the changing landscape of treatment and therapy
  • Anna Blom, Lund Univ., Sweden, Regulation of autophagy by complement component C3
  • Viviana Ferreira, Univ. of Toledo Col. of Med., Properdin and Factor H: Mechanisms of complement dysregulation in disease
Sunday, May 12, 2019  3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Room 26AB  

The International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) Symposium: Cytokines in Immune-Stromal cell Interactions

Chairs:

  • Mandy McGeacy, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Meera Nair, Univ. of California at Riverside

Speakers:

  • Louise M. D’Cruz, Univ. of Pittsburgh., Regulation of immune cells in adipose tissue
  • Meera Nair, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Novel Immunoregulatory Pathways in Helminth Infection through Resistin-like Molecules and Endocannabinoids
  • Nunzio Bottini, Univ. of California, San Diego, Control of cytokine signaling by PTPN2 in rheumatoid arthritis
  • Niki Matsapoulus, NIH, Th17 immunity at the oral barrier
Monday, May 13, 2019  8:00 am – 10:00 am  Room 30AB  

The International Society for Neuroimmunology (ISNI) Symposium: Frontiers in Neuroimmunology – Something for Everyone

Chairs:

  • Amit Bar-Or, Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Nathalie Arbour, Univ. of Montreal

Speakers:

  • Anna Molofsky, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Innate immune mechanisms of synapse remodeling during brain development and learning
  • Francisco Quintana, Harvard Univ., Regulation of CNS inflammation by astrocytes
  • Joan Goverman, Univ. of Washington, How CNS microenvironments shape CNS cell/immune cell crosstalk
Friday, May 10, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 32AB  

The International Society of Comparative and Developmental Immunology (ISDCI) Symposium: Deuterostome immune innovations from echinoderms to mammals

Chairs:

  • Mike Criscitiello, Texas A&M Univ.
  • Tony de Tomaso, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

Speakers:

  • Catherine Schrankel, Univ. of California, San Diego, Evolution of leukocytes transcriptional development in the sea urchin
  • Tony de Tomaso, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, Primordial histocompatibility in a colonial tunicate
  • Jonathan Rast, Emory Univ., Lamprey variable lymphocytes receptors
  • Vaughn Smider, Scripps Res. Inst., Cattlebodies expand paratope possibilities
Saturday, May 11, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 26AB  

Korean Association of Immunologists (KAI) and Association of Korean Immunologists in America (AKIA) Symposium: Host and Microbial Factors Shaping Adaptive Immunity

Chairs:

  • Aekyung Yi, Univ. of Tennessee Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Eui-Cheol Shin, Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. and Technol., Korea

Speakers:

  • Seungmin Hwang, Univ. of Chicago, Virus induced loss of oral tolerance to dietary antigens
  • Eui-Cheol Shin, Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. and Technol., Korea, Human liver resident T cells: functions and regulation
  • Insoo Kang, Yale Univ., The role of cytokine receptors in defining human T cell subsets
  • Soohyun Kim, Konkuk Univ., Korea, Proinsulin shares a motif with IL-1a and induces inflammatory cytokine via IL-1R1
  • Cheong-Hee Chang, Univ. of Michigan, Regulation of T cell metabolism by promyelocytic leukemic zinc finger (PLZF)
Sunday, May 12, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 32AB  

The Obesity Society (TOS) Symposium: Roles of immune cells in obesity-associated Inflammation

Chairs:

  • Gerald V. Denis, Boston Univ. Sch. of Med.
  • Valentina Perissi, Boston Univ. Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Kimberley E. Steele, Johns Hopkins Sch. of Med., Cytokine changes associated with metabolic improvement after bariatric surgery
  • Feng Liu, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr, San Antonio, The cGAS-cGAMP-STING pathway: a molecular link between immunity and metabolism
  • Naomi Ko, Boston Med. Ctr., Chronic inflammation in progression of triple negative breast cancer in disparities populations
  • Sihem Boudina, Univ. of Utah Sch. of Med., Mitochondrial dysfunction and adipose tissue inflammation
Sunday, May 12, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 30AB  

The Society for Glycobiology (SfG): Harness the GLYCOme in Immunity

Chairs:

  • Galit Alter, Ragon Inst. of MGH, MIT, and Harvard
  • Jim Paulson, Scripps Res. Inst.

Speakers:

  • Mattias Collin, Lund Univ., Sweet revenge – bacterial immune evasion through specific antibody glycan hydrolysis
  • Fikri Avci, Univ. of Georgia, Adaptive immune responses induced by HIV envelope glycoprotein
  • Brian Cobb, Case Western Reserve Univ., B cell-independent glycan programming of IgG function
  • Katharina Ribbeck, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Mucin glycans in the regulation of microbial virulence
Saturday, May 11, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 30AB  

The Society for Leukocyte Biology (SLB) Symposium: Society for Leukocyte Biology’s Early Career Investigators: Host Defense at the Mucosal Interface

Chair:

  • Ilhem Messaoudi, Univ. of California, Irvine

Speakers:

  • Allison Malloy, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Hlth. Sci., Respiratory syncytial virus infection in early life results in reduced mucosal T cell responses contributing to poor tissue-resident memory T cell establishment
  • Meredith Crane, Brown Univ., Post-traumatic pulmonary infection: the innate immune response protects the lung at the expense of the healing cutaneous wound
  • Noah Fine, Univ. of Toronto, Flow cytometric analysis of oral neutrophils in mouse and human: identification of unique phenotypes associated with health and inflammation
  • Smita Gopinath, Stanford Univ., Antibiotic-mediated antiviral immunity
Saturday, May 11, 2019  3:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Room 31ABC  

Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Symposium: Resisting Failure: Dissecting Mechanisms of Acquired Resistance to Cancer Immunotherapy

Chairs:

  • Dario Vignali, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Shannon Maude, Children’s Hosp. of Philadelphia

Speakers:

  • Dario Vignali, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Resistance mechanisms that limit the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy
  • Shannon Maude, Children’s Hosp. of Philadelphia, Combination immunotherapy to overcome resistance to CAR T cell therapy
  • Ana Anderson, Brigham and Women’s Hosp.
  • Stanley Riddell, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Ctr., CAR T cells for cancer – merging synthetic biology and immunology
Friday, May 10, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 26AB  

Society for Mucosal Immunology (SMI) Symposium: Combating Pathogens at Mucosal Surfaces

Chairs:

  • Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Jennifer Lund, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Ctr.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Jamieson, Brown Univ., Protecting the lung despite the costs through innate immune triage mechanisms
  • Jacob Kohlmeier, Emory Univ., The rise and fall of lung-resident T cell memory
  • Donna Farber, Columbia Univ., Development of mucosal resident memory T cells
  • Jennifer Lund, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Ctr., Regulation of immunity to virus infection in the genital tract
Sunday, May 12, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Room 26AB  

Society for Natural Immunity (SNI) Symposium: Novel Insights into Natural Killer Cell Metabolism and Function

Chairs:

  • Adelheid Cerwenka, Heidelberg Univ., Germany
  • Todd Fehniger, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Megan A. Cooper, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Metabolic requirements for NK cell antiviral effector functions
  • Karl-Johann Malmberg, Oslo Univ. Hosp., Norway, mTOR-dependent NK cell proliferation and subset plasticity maintains global repertoire stability during homeostasis
  • Jing Ni, Heidelberg Univ., Germany, Inhibition of the Hif1a-mediated metabolic checkpoint unleashes potent NK cell anti-tumor immunity
  • Carsten Watzl, Leibniz Res. Ctr., Germany, Natural Killer cells switch their killing mechanism during serial killing of tumor cells

Career Development Sessions

Friday, May 10, 2019  9:00 am – 10:00 am  Room 32AB  

How to Convert Your CV into a Résumé

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 résumé can make all the difference in securing that interview. The focus of this session will be on the important elements of a résumé, the differences between a résumé 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 résumés. Small breakout sessions for individual consulting will follow. Bring your CV!

Friday, May 10, 2019  11:00 am – 1:00 pm  Room 32AB  

Immunology Teaching Interest Group

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee

Chairs:

  • Anil K. Bamezai, Villanova Univ.
  • Stephanie James, Regis Univ. Sch. of Pharmacy

Panelists:

  • Michelle Snyder, Towson Univ., Student outcomes in a CURE course using simple model organisms to characterize host-pathogen interactions
  • Laurie Shornick, Saint Louis Univ., Using an entrepreneurial mindset activity to create value in an immunobiology course
  • John Frelinger, Univ. of Rochester, Immunology “hooks:” strategies to increase student engagement
  • William Carr, Medgar Evers Col., City Univ. of New York, Using Pillars of Immunology research articles to enhance problem-solving skills among undergraduate students at a Predominantly Black Institution

Breakout Session Leaders:

  • Deborah Brown, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, Just in Time Teaching strategies and student outcomes
  • Devavani Chatterjea, Macalester Col., Ready to talk about it? A toolkit for reading and discussing scientific papers in undergraduate immunology classrooms
  • Nicholas Pullen, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Authentic science engagement: toward a CURE for undergraduate immunology?
  • Kara Lukin, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, Jeffrey Novack, Col. of Med., Pacific Northwest Univ., and Sarah Redmond, Radford Univ., Using case studies across the immunology curriculum

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. The session will explore the use of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE), Just in Time Teaching, research articles, entrepreneurial mindset activities, and more through talks and structured breakout discussion groups. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.

Friday, May 10, 2019  11:45 am – 2:15 pm  Ballroom 20A  

Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session

Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee

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 coffee break.)

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
Postdoc: finding a mentor, setting sights on a faculty position
  • Table Leaders: Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; C. Henrique Serezani, Vanderbilt Univ.
Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
  • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Margaret S. Bynoe, Cornell Univ.; Prosper Boyaka, Ohio State Univ.
Work-life balance, it’s real!
  • Table Leader: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.
Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
  • Table Leader: Homero Sepulveda, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Cherié Butts, Biogen; Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis
Government Agency Careers:
  • Table Leader: Jennifer Martinez, NIEHS, NIH; Marta Catalfamo, Georgetown Univ.
Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., entrepreneurship/research technology; intellectual property/patent law; non-profits/foundations
  • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; James W. Lillard, Morehouse Sch. of Med.; Thandi Onami, Gates Foundation
Friday, May 10, 2019  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Room 32AB  

Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee

Chair:

  • Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019  10:15 am – 11:15 am  Room 32AB  

Interviewing for a Job

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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019  12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Ballroom 20A  

Careers in Science Roundtable

Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women

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 career. 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 beyond the bench. New to the 2019 session are topics on balancing teaching and research and careers in veterinary immunology. There are also table discussions on navigating work-life issues, such as balancing careers with family and transitioning from specific career stages, which 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: Lori R. Covey, Rutgers Univ.; Ann Griffith, Univ. of Texas Hlth. San Antonio

    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Lyse A. Norian, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Lisa K. Denzin, Child Health Inst. of New Jersey, Rutgers; Tyler K. Ulland, Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Postdoc to PI
    • Government Research Institutions
      Table Leaders: Dorian McGavern, NINDS, NIH
    • Medical Schools
      Table Leaders: Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Meera G. Nair, Univ. of California, Riverside
    • Undergraduate Institutions
      Table Leaders: Matthew R. Olson, Purdue Univ.
  • New PI:
    • Recruiting Students and Postdocs
      Table Leaders: Irene Salinas, Univ. of New Mexico; Aimee M. Beaulieu, Rutgers Univ.
    • Preparing for Promotion
      Table Leaders: Louis B. Justement, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
    • Tips for Balancing Teaching and Research
      Table Leaders: Bao Q. Vuong, City Col. of New York
  • Negotiating an Academic Position
    Table Leaders: Gudrun Debes, Thomas Jefferson Univ.; William R. Green, Dartmouth Univ. Geisel Sch. of Med.
  • Mentoring Effectively
    Table Leaders: Amanda M. Jamieson, Brown Univ.
  • How to Build a Network for Postdocs
    Table Leaders: Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.
  • Networking Skills for PIs
    Table Leaders: TBA
Careers in Veterinary Immunology
  • Table Leaders: Alan J. Young, South Dakota State Univ.; Crystal L. Loving, USDA
Work / Life Balance
  • Table Leaders: Jennifer M. Lund, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Ctr.; Kathryn E. Hulse, Northwestern Univ.
Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
  • Table Leaders: William H. Hildebrand, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Jennifer Towne, Jansen; Antara Banerjee, Takeda; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; Catherine J. McMahan, Aptevo Therapeutics; Stephen T. Haley, Immudex; Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune; Yina H. Huang, Dartmouth Univ. Geisel School of Med.
Careers at Governmental Agencies
  • Table Leaders: Deborah L. Hodge, CSR, NIH
NIH Study Section Insights
  • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards
    Table Leaders: Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Grant Writing for PIs
    Table Leaders: Jyotika Sharma, Univ. of North Dakota.; Tessa Bergsbaken, Rutgers New Jersey Med. Sch.
The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
  • Table Leaders: Tyler J. Curiel, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
  • Table Leaders: TBA
Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
  • Scientific Publishing
    Table Leader: TBA
  • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits
    Table Leaders: Courtney R. Pinard, Career Development and Awards, AAI
  • 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: TBA
Sunday, May 12, 2019  9:00 am – 10:00 am  Room 32AB  

Secrets for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship

Speaker:

  • Ryan Wheeler, Director of Career, International, and Postdoctoral Services, Scripps Res. Inst.

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

Sunday, May 12, 2019  10:15 am – 12:15 pm  Room 30AB  

NIH Grants Workshop: Demystifying the Grant Application Submission, Review, and Funding Processes

Chair:

  • Tina McIntyre, CSR, NIH

Panelists:

  • Tina McIntyre, Scientific Review Officer, III Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, 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.

Sunday, May 12, 2019  10:15 am – 11:45 am  Room 32AB  

International Opportunities in Science

Chair:

  • 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; and the challenges in finding science-related jobs outside of the U.S. This session is open to anyone.

Social Events

Thursday, May 9, 2019  4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  

New Member Reception (By Invitation Only)

Sponsored by the AAI Membership Committee

AAI welcomes new Regular, Associate, and Postdoctoral Fellow members to meet each other at a relaxed gathering. Members of the AAI Membership Committee, AAI President JoAnne Flynn, fellow Council members and Chairs from many of our committees will join new members for casual conversation and light refreshments.
 
(Badge and invitation required)

Thursday, May 9, 2019  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  Center Terrace, San Diego Convention Center  

Opening Night Networking Event

The Opening Night Network Event is back! Immediately following the President’s Address, registrants are invited to toast old friends, make new connections, plan their week, and enjoy a picturesque view of San Diego Bay. Light refreshments and a drink ticket are included in your registration.
 
Registered attendees only.

Saturday, May 11, 2019  7:45 pm – 10:00 pm  

Service Appreciation Reception (By Invitation Only)

Generously sponsored by BioLegend

AAI honors the dedicated member volunteers of the association—committee members, editors, abstract programming chairs, and others—who work on the membership’s behalf throughout the year by giving generously of their time in support of the AAI mission. Open (by invitation only) to 2018-2019 AAI volunteers.
 
(Badge and invitation required)

Sunday, May 12, 2019  7:00 pm – 9:30 pm  USS Midway Museum  

IMMUNOLOGY 2019™ GALA

Generously sponsored by BioLegend

USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego CA
 
This year’s Gala will be held at the USS Midway Museum, an iconic San Diego destination. On the flight deck, attendees can experience an array of restored naval aircraft – from the workhorse of Vietnam to helicopters that picked up Apollo space missions. On deck, a band will perform dance hits surrounded by the 360-degree panoramic view of the San Diego skyline. Below, on the hangar deck, World War II aircraft can be viewed, cockpits sat in, and flight simulators experienced.
 
Appetizers, dinner stations, and two drinks – included in your registration fee – will be provided.
 
Shuttle service will be provided between the San Diego Convention Center and the Midway Museum.
 
Meeting Badge required for admission. Guest tickets may be purchased when registering for the meeting.

AAI Business Meeting and Award Presentations

AAI Business Meeting and Award Presentations details coming soon!

Block Symposia & Poster Sessions

Block Symposia & Poster Sessions details coming soon!

Abstracts

Abstract Submission Closes

Closed

Abstract Acceptance & Schedule

February 28, 2019

Exhibit Hall & Exhibitor Workshops

Exhibit Hall & Exhibitor Workshops details coming soon!

Independent Meetings and Events during IMMUNOLOGY 2019™

Meetings and events planned in conjunction with the AAI meeting cannot be scheduled during the official hours of IMMUNOLOGY 2019. AAI hotels and the San Diego Convention Center are unable to provide meeting space that is in conflict with AAI sessions and events.