Scientific Program

Scientific Program-in-Progress

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

AAI President’s Address

Arlene Sharpe

Friday, May 12, 5:00 PM, Ballroom AB
Arlene H. Sharpe
Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President
Second signals make all the difference

Vijay K. Kuchroo, Brigham and Women’s Hosp., Harvard Med. Sch.
Introduction

AAI President’s Symposium

Second Signals: Translating Understanding into Therapy
Monday, May 15, 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Ballroom AB

Chair:
Arlene H. Sharpe, Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President

Speakers:

  • Rafi Ahmed, Emory Univ., From reovirus to PD-1
  • Ana C. Anderson, Harvard Med. Sch., Co-inhibitory receptors and T cell dysfunction
  • Dario A.A. Vignali, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Synergistic interactions between PD-1 and LAG-3
  • Suzanne L. Topalian, Johns Hopkins Univ. Sch. of Med., PD-1 pathway blockade: a common denominator for cancer therapy
Ahmed

Rafi Ahmed

Anderson

Ana C. Anderson

Vignali

Dario A.A. Vignali

Topalian

Suzanne L. Topalian

Distinguished Lectures

Saturday, May 13, 6:00 PM, Ballroom AB

Giorgio Trinchieri

Giorgio Trinchieri
NCI, NIH
Cancer as a disease of the metaorganism

Chair:
Wendy L. Havran, Scripps Res. Inst., AAI Program Committee Chair

Sunday, May 14, 6:00 PM, Ballroom AB

Ellen A. Robey

Ellen A. Robey
Univ. of California, Berkeley
Factors that determine T cell fate in the thymus

Chair:
Wendy L. Havran, Scripps Res. Inst., AAI Program Committee Chair

Monday, May 15, 6:00 PM, Ballroom AB

Gabriel Núñez

Gabriel Núñez
Univ. of Michigan
Pathogens, the microbiota, and immunity at the intestinal barrier

Chair:
Wendy L. Havran, Scripps Res. Inst., AAI Program Committee Chair

Major Symposia

Saturday, May 13, 8:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Major Symposium A: Mechanism-Guided Therapy of Immunologic Diseases
Ballroom A
Chairs:
Gerald T. Nepom, Benaroya Res. Inst.
Qizhi Tang, Univ. of California, San Francisco

Speakers:

  • John D. Rioux, Univ. de Montréal and Montreal Heart Inst., Canada, Genetically-guided development of clinical assays for predicting response to biologic therapies
  • Virginia Pascual, Baylor Inst. for Immunol. Res., Genomic approaches to guide therapeutic decisions in autoimmune diseases
  • John E. Harris, Univ. of Massachusetts Med. Sch., Translational research in vitiligo: gaining insight into mechanisms of organ-specific autoimmunity
  • Amit Bar-Or, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Targeting B cell cytokine networks in T cell-mediated autoimmune disease
  • Gerald T. Nepom, Benaroya Res. Inst., Therapeutic modulation of effector T cells in autoimmunity
  • Qizhi Tang, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Treg cell therapy in autoimmune diseases and transplantation

Major Symposium B: Immune Regulation of Adipose Tissue Homeostasis
Ballroom B
Chairs:
Vishwa Deep Dixit, Yale Sch. of Med.
Alyssa H. Hasty, Vanderbilt Univ.

Speakers:

  • Alyssa H. Hasty, Vanderbilt Univ., A novel role for resident adipose tissue macrophages in iron handling
  • David Artis, Weill Cornell Med. Coll., Regulation of immunity and inflammation
  • Lydia Lynch, Harvard Med. Sch., Immunometabolic crosstalk of the innate immune system in adipose tissue
  • Vishwa Deep Dixit, Yale Sch. of Med., Harnessing immune-metabolic interactions to enhance healthspan
  • Ye Zheng, Salk Inst. for Biol. Sci., Adipose tissue-resident Tregs in age-associated insulin resistance
  • Jorge Caamaño, Univ. of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Fat associated lymphoid clusters in inflammation and immune responses

Sunday, May 14, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Major Symposium C: T and B Cell Tolerance: Old Subject, New Insights
Ballroom A
Chairs:
Mark M. Davis, HHMI, Stanford Univ.
Kristin A. Hogquist, Univ. of Minnesota

Speakers:

  • Kristin A. Hogquist, Univ. of Minnesota, Stages of thymic clonal deletion
  • Peter A. Savage, Univ. of Chicago, Going rogue: Aire and the enforcement of immune tolerance
  • Klaus Ley, La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunol., Expansion and collapse of ApoB-specific CD4 T cells in atherosclerosis
  • James J. Moon, Massachusetts Gen. Hosp., Harvard Med. Sch., Regulation of tolerance in the self antigen-specific CD4+ T cell repertoire
  • Katie Haskins, Univ. of Colorado Sch. of Med., Hybrid insulin peptides as autoantigens for CD4 T cells in autoimmune diabetes
  • Christopher C. Goodnow, Garvan Inst. of Med. Res., Australia, Autoantibodies, anergy, mutations, and CTLA4: redemption or revolt of forbidden clones

Major Symposium D: Immune Restriction or Antagonism at the Host-Virus Interface
Ballroom B
Chairs:
Michael S. Diamond, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.
Sonja M. Best, NIAID, NIH

Speakers:

  • Matthew Daugherty, Univ. of California, San Diego, Evolution of innate antiviral immunity
  • Sonja M. Best, NIAID, NIH, Restriction of flavivirus replication by TRIM proteins
  • Saumendra N. Sarkar, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., New insights in the mechanism of action of OAS-family proteins
  • Meike Dittmann, New York Univ. Sch. of Med., Innate and intrinsic barriers of respiratory virus infections
  • Daved H. Fremont, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med., Mechanisms of viral immune evasion
  • Brian M. Sullivan, Scripps Res. Inst., T cell responses and platelet function during viral hemorrhagic fever

Monday, May 15, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Major Symposium E: Communication across Barriers at the Skin and Mucosal Surfaces
Ballroom A
Chairs:
Hiroshi Kiyono, Univ. of Tokyo
Cathryn Nagler, Univ. of Chicago

Speakers:

  • Hiroshi Kiyono, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan, Paneth, mesenchymal, and innate lymphoid cell alliance as an immunological firewall for commensal and pathogenic microorganisms
  • Ken Cadwell, New York Univ. Sch. of Med., Host-microbiome interactions and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Adrian C. Hayday*, Francis Crick Inst. and King’s Coll. London, United Kingdom, Epithelia use organ-specific butyrophilin-like molecules to compose local T cell compartments
    *British Society for Immunology Lecturer
  • Daniel Mucida, Rockefeller Univ., Adaptation to the gut tissue: implications for immunity and tolerance
  • Cathryn Nagler, Univ. of Chicago, Regulation of allergic sensitization to food by commensal bacteria
  • Heidi H. Kong, NCI, NIH, Host-microbial interactions at the skin surface

Major Symposium F: Neutrophil Function in Autoimmunity, Infection, and Cancer
Ballroom B
Chairs:
Mariana J. Kaplan, NIAMS, NIH
Clifford A. Lowell, Univ. of California, San Francisco

Speakers:

  • Clifford A. Lowell, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Calcium signaling mechanisms in neutrophils
  • Hongbo R. Luo, Harvard Med. Sch., Gasdermin D in neutrophils: function and mechanism of activation
  • Sarah R. Walmsley, Univ. of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Hypoxia and the innate immune response
  • Attila Mócsai, Semmelweis Univ., Hungary, Neutrophil signaling during inflammatory disease models
  • Mariana J. Kaplan, NIAMS, NIH, Neutrophils as promoters of systemic autoimmunity
  • Evgeniy B. Eruslanov, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Tumor-associated neutrophils with antigen-presenting cell features in human lung cancer

Tuesday, May 16, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Major Symposium G: Many Shades of Grey: Multifaceted Nature of Immune Suppression in Cancer
Ballroom A
Chairs:
Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, Wistar Inst.
Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County

Speakers:

  • Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, Wistar Inst., Regulation of immune responses in cancer by myeloid-derived suppressor cells
  • Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, Weill Cornell Med., Abnormal ER stress responses as drivers of immune cell dysfunction in cancer
  • Elizabeth A. Repasky, Roswell Park Cancer Inst., Stress and immunosuppression: a matter of degree?
  • Joseph D. Rosenblatt, Univ. of Miami Miller Sch. of Med., The emerging role of B regulatory cells in regulating antitumor immunity
  • Jeffrey C. Rathmell, Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Ctr., Metabolic barriers to immunity
  • Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, The good, the bad, and the in-between: immune suppression, obesity, and tumor progression

Major Symposium H: Germinal Centers: Islands of Diversity
Ballroom B
Chairs:
Garnett H. Kelsoe, Duke Univ.
Patricia J. Gearhart, NIA, NIH

Speakers:

  • Garnett H. Kelsoe, Duke Univ., Introduction
  • Cristina Rada, MRC Lab. of Molec. Biol., United Kingdom, Targeting and regulation of mammalian cytidine deaminases
  • Patricia J. Gearhart, NIA, NIH, Germinal center B cells in atherosclerosis
  • Gabriel Victora, Rockefeller Univ., Clonal dynamics in germinal centers
  • Mark J. Shlomchik, Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. of Med., Signaling and selection in the germinal center
  • Ulf Klein, Univ. of Leeds, United Kingdom, Molecular control of the germinal center B cell reaction
  • Garnett H. Kelsoe, Duke Univ., Selection by antigen in germinal centers

Award Lectures and Presentations

AAI Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
Friday, May 12, 5:00 PM, Ballroom AB
Chair:
Arlene H. Sharpe, Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President

Hodes_125x175Award Recipient:
Richard J. Hodes, NIA, NIH

AAI President Arlene H. Sharpe 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.

AAI Distinguished Service Award Presentation
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 204AB

Oltz_125x175Award Recipient:
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.

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 an individual for outstanding service to AAI and the immunology community. Dr. Oltz is honored for his outstanding service as member and chair of the AAI Publications Committee, 2012-2016.

AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award Presentation and Lecture
Generously supported by BD Biosciences
Saturday, May 13, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Ballroom AB
Chair:
Arlene H. Sharpe, Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President

Kagan_125x175Award Recipient:
Jonathan C. Kagan, Harvard Med. Sch., Boston Children’s Hosp.
Initiation and regulation of innate immunity

AAI President Arlene H. Sharpe and Robert Balderas, Vice President of Biological Sciences, BD Biosciences, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Kagan’s lecture.

The AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award recognizes an early-career investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of immunology.

AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award Presentation and Lecture
Generously supported by BioLegend
Sunday, May 14, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 202B
Chair:
Arlene H. Sharpe, Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President

Nussenzweig_125x175Award Recipient:
Michel C. Nussenzweig, HHMI, Rockefeller Univ.
The HIV vaccine problem

AAI President Arlene H. Sharpe and Gene Lay, President and CEO, BioLegend, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Nussenzweig’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 14, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Ballroom AB
Chair:
Arlene H. Sharpe, Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President

Belkaid_125x175Award Recipient:
Yasmine Belkaid, NIAID, NIH
Microbiota control of tissue immunity: context and consequences

AAI President Arlene H. Sharpe and Christoph Hergersberg, Vice President, Research and Development, Thermo Fisher Scientific, will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Belkaid’s lecture.

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

FASEB Excellence in Science Award Presentation and Lecture
Monday, May 15, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Room 202B
Chairs:
Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clin., AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair
Louis B. Justement, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, FASEB Board Member

Mathis_125x175Award Recipient:
Diane J. Mathis, Harvard Med. Sch.
Treg flavors

The FASEB Excellence in Science Award recognizes a woman in biological science whose outstanding research achievements have contributed significantly to understanding a specific discipline.

AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award Presentation
Monday, May 15, 12:30 PM, Ballroom AB
Chair:
Arlene H. Sharpe, Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President

Lanier_125x175Award Recipient:
Lewis L. Lanier, Univ. of California, San Francisco

AAI President Arlene H. Sharpe and Joseph Sun, Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr., 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 15, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Ballroom AB
Chair:
Arlene H. Sharpe, Harvard Med. Sch., AAI President

Casanova_125x175Award Recipient:
Jean-Laurent Casanova, HHMI, Rockefeller Univ.
Toward a genetic theory of childhood infectious diseases

AAI President Arlene H. Sharpe will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Casanova’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 and Sessions

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

AAI Clinical Immunology Committee
Lymphocyte Engineering for Cancer and Beyond
Saturday, May 13, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 207A
Chairs:
Thomas F. Gajewski, Univ. of Chicago Med. Ctr.; AAI Clinical Immunology Committee Chair
Agnes M. Azimzadeh, Univ. of Maryland

Speakers:

  • Marcela V. Maus, Massachusetts Gen. Hosp., The human T cell as a therapeutic drug
  • David W. Scott, Uniformed Serv. Univ. of Hlth. Sci., Driving CARs to BARs: the road to engineered human antigen-specific regulatory and cytotoxic T cells
  • Malcolm K. Brenner, Baylor Col. of Med., Adoptive immunotherapy of cancer: beyond the B cell barrier
  • Charles L. Sentman, Geisel Sch. of Med., Dartmouth, Design and engineering of immune receptors for adoptive cell therapy

The adoptive transfer of specific lymphocyte subsets has been pursued as a strategy for immunotherapy over the past several decades, either for immune potentiation or immune suppression. Advances in genetic engineering technologies have enabled the reprogramming of lymphocytes, providing these cells with new specificities and even new functional attributes. Perhaps the most advanced of these strategies in clinical development is the application of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-transduced T cells for the treatment of B cell malignancies. This session will explore the diversity of approaches being investigated in lymphocyte engineering, both in the context of cancer and in other clinical scenarios.

AAI Committee on Public Affairs
Biomedical Research Priorities in the New Administration and Congress
Monday, May 15, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 209ABC
Chair:
Beth A. Garvy, Univ. of Kentucky; AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair

A new presidential administration can usher in a great deal of change, including new leadership in key scientific posts who will help implement the president’s agenda and fulfill the missions of their agencies. This session will explore President Donald Trump’s budget and policy priorities, as well as the priorities of the Republican-led Congress, in the area of biomedical research. What changes can we expect, and what issues are likely to dominate the debate? Join the AAI Committee on Public Affairs in welcoming experts who can share important insights and answer pivotal questions.

AAI Education Committee
Immunology Teaching Interest Group
Saturday, May 13, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Room 102B
Chairs:
Julie M. Jameson, California State Univ., San Marcos
David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col.

Panelists:

  • Manoj K. Mishra, Alabama State Univ., Engaging undergraduate students in immunology through problem-based learning modules
  • David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col., Digital communication and social media to connect with the modern student
  • Keith E. Garrison, St. Mary’s Col. of California, Undergraduate clinical lab simulation using ELISA
  • Devavani Chatterjea, Macalester Col., Discerning, crafting and telling immunological stories: a semester-long scaffolded writing project for beginning immunologists
  • Edith Porter, California State Univ., Los Angeles, Teaching students how to formulate research questions: adaptation of the question formulation technique to the upper division 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. Topics will include the applications of problem-based learning, the use of digital communication and social media in modern teaching, strategies for teaching laboratory methods, and more. The session will end with structured breakout discussion groups for undergraduate and graduate/medical school teaching. Undergraduate teaching topics for discussion will include: developing a teaching philosophy; use of take-home vs. in-class tests; developing a course syllabus; and selection of effective textbooks. Breakout discussions for medical school teaching will cover optimal use of handouts and notes; spaced learning and testing effect; preparing students for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE); writing USMLE-style exams and assessments; question banks for test questions; and the flipped classroom in medical education. Current educators, new faculty, and trainees with an interest in teaching are welcome.

Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Saturday, May 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Room 209ABC
Chair:
Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune

Panelists:

  • Ann Field, Associate Director, Research Project and Portfolio Management, MedImmune
  • Andrea Itano, Vice President, Head of Tempero Discovery Performance Unit, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ingrid L. Scully, Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer
  • Matthew Sleeman, Executive Director, Immunology & Inflammation, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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.

AAI Education Committee and AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Careers in Science Roundtable
Sunday, May 14, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Ballroom C
Chair:
Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clin.; AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair

At this popular session, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with scientists at your own career stage and with more experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Learn what others are thinking and gain insights into issues you are confronting in your own situation. Recently added topics offer insights into international opportunities in science, NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and a number of ways scientists contribute to the field in non-research careers. Choose from these and other vital topics related to the environment you work in (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profits), the transitions from specific career stages, or issues in balancing career and family in any career path. Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $25 (Lunch included.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Research Careers in Academia
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Steve M. Varga, Univ. of Iowa; Subbarao Bondada, Univ. of Kentucky; Ashok Kumar, Children’s Hosp. of East Ontario Res. Inst.; Arash Grakoui, Emory Univ.; Chander Raman, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Michelle A. Kutzler, Drexel Univ. Col. of Med.; Lori R. Covey, Rutgers Univ.; Klaus Ley, La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunol.; Tonya J. Webb, Univ. of Maryland Sch. of Med.
    • Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
      Table Leaders: Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Bao Q. Vuong, City Col. of New York; Damian L. Turner, Williams Col.; Lisa K. Denzin, Rutgers Univ.; Heather R. Conti, Univ. of Toledo; Fotini Gounari, Univ. of Chicago; Khashayarsha Khazaie, Mayo Clin.; Jennifer A. Punt, Columbia Univ. Med. Ctr.; Pooja Jain, Drexel Univ. Col. of Med.; Lyse A. Norian, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
    • New PI:
      • Attracting students and postdocs
        Table Leaders: Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; Louise M. D’Cruz, Univ. of Pittsburgh
      • Preparing for promotion
        Table Leaders: Yina H. Huang, Dartmouth Geisel Sch. of Med.; Lisa H. Butterfield, Univ. of Pittsburgh
    • Negotiating an Academic Position
      Table Leaders: Malini Raghavan, Univ. of Michigan; Janice S. Blum, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Med.
    • Undergraduate Institutions: finding the balance in teaching, doing research
      Table Leaders: Charlotte M. Vines, Univ. of Texas, El Paso; Penny E. Shockett, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.; Julie M. Jameson, California State Univ., San Marcos
    • Mentoring Effectively
      Table Leaders: Partha Sarathi Biswas, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Lawrence P. Kane, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Networking Skills
    • How to build a network for postdocs
      Table Leaders: Paula M. Oliver, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Amanda C. Poholek, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Elizabeth A. Repasky, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
    • Networking skills for PIs
      Table Leaders: Madeleine W. Cunningham, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Career and Family: balancing parenthood and career; the dual career couple
    Table Leaders: Cathryn Nagler, Univ. of Chicago; Laura Santambrogio, Albert Einstein Col. of Med.
  • Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
    Table Leaders: Andrew C. Chan, Genentech; Divya Sagar, MedImmune; Saifur Rahman, MedImmune; Jennifer Towne, Janssen Therapeutics; Laura L. Carter, Lycera Corp.; Catherine J. McMahan, Emergent BioSolutions; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Lisa I. Hoover, Precision for Medicine; Andrea Itano, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Careers at Governmental Agencies
    Table Leaders: Daniela Vertelyi, FDA; Pam L. Schwartzberg, NHGRI, NIH; Joan K. Lunney, USDA; Chao Jiang, NIAID, NIH; Jonathan W. Yewdell, NIAID, NIH
  • NIH Study Section Insights
    • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards
      Table Leaders: Maureen Ann McGargill, St. Jude’s Children’s Res. Hosp.; Michael A. Farrar, Univ. of Minnesota; Kristin A. Hogquist, Univ. of Minnesota
    • Grant Writing for PIs
      Table Leaders: Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clin.; Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Catherine C. “Lynn” Hedrick, La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunol.
  • The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
    Table Leaders: Saad Kendarian, Mayo Clin.; Penelope A. Morel, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
    Table Leader: Ifor R. Williams, Emory Univ.
  • Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
    • Scientific Publishing
      Table Leaders: Ellen C. Fox, AAI, The Journal of Immunology, Angela Colmone, AAAS, Science Immunology
    • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits
      Table Leaders: M. Michele Hogan, Executive Director, AAI; Susanna F. Greer, American Cancer Society
    • Careers in Technology Transfer
      Table Leaders: Wendy Martin, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; Mark L. Rohrbaugh, Office of Intramural Research, NIH
    • Careers in Science Policy
      Table Leaders: Lauren G. Gross, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI; Carrie D. Wolinetz, Office of Science Policy, NIH
  • International Opportunities in Science
    Table leaders: Susan John, Kings Col. London; John E. Connolly, Inst. of Molecular and Cell Biol., Singapore

AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session
Saturday, May 13, 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM, Ballroom C
Chair:
Cherié L. Butts, Biogen; 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: $25 (Includes lunch; coffee/cookies during networking hour.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Grad student: finding a mentor, taking aim at postdoc training
    • Table Leaders: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.; Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Duke Univ.; Tonya Webb, Univ. of Maryland; Harlan Jones, Univ. of North Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor, taking aim at a faculty position
    • Table Leaders: Eduardo Davila, Univ. of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Ctr.; Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; Charlotte Vines, Univ. of Texas, El Paso
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Joseph Larkin III, Univ. of Florida; Floyd Wormley, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio
  • — NEW — Mid-Career Faculty: creative strategies for maintaining momentum in funding, research, people management
    • Table Leaders: Arturo Casadevall, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Sch. of Publ. Hlth.; Avery August, Cornell Univ. Col. of Vet. Med.; Prosper N. Boyaka, Ohio State Univ.
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Margaret Bynoe, Cornell Univ. Col. of Vet. Med. (invited)
  • Government Agency Careers: CDC, FDA, NIH
    • Table Leaders: Marta Catalfamo, Georgetown Univ.; Charles Egwuagu, NEI, NIH
  • Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., scientific publishing; entrepreneurship; intellectual property/patent law; scientific non-profits/foundations
    • Table Leaders: James W. Lillard, Morehouse Sch. of Med. and JYANT Technologies, Inc.; Thandi M. Onami, Bill & Melinda Gates Fndn. (Global Health – HIV Vaccines); Fabiola V. Rivas, Cell Press

AAI Vanguard Lecture
Monday, May 15, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 204AB
Chair:
Cherié L. Butts, Biogen; AAI Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Speaker:

Tyler Curiel

  • Tyler J. Curiel, Univ. of Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr., San Antonio, Advancing towards optimized cancer immunotherapy

Since 2003, the AAI meeting has featured a scientific lecture presented by an AAI member who is an underrepresented minority investigator. Selected for their achievements in the field of immunology, presenters are among the most prominent investigators in the field and models of successful career development.

AAI Program Committee
Back to School: A Review of Four Fast-Moving Fields
Friday, May 12, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Room 207A
Chairs:
Wendy L. Havran, Scripps Res. Inst; AAI Program Committee Chair
Dorian B. McGavern, NINDS, NIH

Speakers:

  • Ellen V. Rothenberg, California Inst. of Technol., Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms regulating lymphocyte fate
  • Kathy D. McCoy, Univ. of Calgary, Canada, The influence of the microbiome on systemic immunity
  • William R. Schief, Scripps Res. Inst., Germline-targeting vaccine design for HIV
  • Dorian B. McGavern, NINDS, NIH, Imaging the immune response

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
Publish or Perish? Pearls and Perils in Writing and Reviewing Scientific Manuscripts
Saturday, May 13, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 204AB
Chairs:
Bethany B. Moore, Univ. of Michigan; AAI Publications Committee Chair
Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Immunology

Speakers:

  • Bethany B. Moore, Univ. of Michigan, Ready, set, write…maintaining momentum in manuscript preparation
  • Kristin A. Hogquist, Univ. of Minnesota, Responding to reviewers: what you want to say and what you should say
  • Michael P. Cancro, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Med., How to review scientific manuscripts: the forest or the trees?
  • Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med., Ethical Issues in scientific publishing: just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD

Your data are good and now it’s time to write the manuscript. What steps are essential to tell the story clearly and convincingly? What is the best way to present your data? Once the manuscript is reviewed, how should you respond to the reviewer comments? What ethical pitfalls should you be aware of in order to avoid possible problems? If you would like to become a reviewer, what do you need to know about how to review a manuscript? These and other questions will be addressed in this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee.

AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee and American Association of Veterinary Immunologists (AAVI) Joint Symposium
Tumor Immunotherapy in Comparative Oncology
Saturday, May 13, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 204C
Chairs:
Crystal L. Loving, Natl. Animal Dis. Ctr., ARS, USDA; AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee Chair
Radhey Kaushik, South Dakota State Univ.

Speakers:

  • Nicola J. Mason, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Vet. Med., CAR T cell therapy in dogs with hematological malignancies
  • Lawrence B. Schook, Univ. of Illinois Col. of Agricultural, Consumer and Envrn. Sci., The Oncopig Cancer Model (OCM): A platform for transitional, translational and transformative advances in cancer research
  • David M. Vail, Univ. of Wisconsin Sch. of Vet. Med., Defining the value of comparative cancer immunotherapy clinical trials in companion species
  • Jaime F. Modiano, Univ. of Minnesota Col. of Vet. Med., Opportunities to accelerate translation of cancer immunotherapy through companion animal trials

This symposium will feature approaches for cancer immunotherapy relevant to both human and veterinary health, with an emphasis on immune system recognition and activation. Various active and passive immunotherapy approaches will be presented, highlighting the ability of antibodies and immune cells to destroy tumor cells while sparing healthy cells. The symposium will highlight recent advances in comparative tumor immunology that demonstrate translational cohesion and support the current “One Health” approach to identify scientific commonalities and medical treatments that benefit both humans and animals.

NIH Institute-Sponsored Sessions

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Symposium
BRD4, a Central Player in Cancer and Immune Responses
Monday, May 15, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 207A
Chairs:
Devaiah Ballachanda, NCI, NIH
T. Kevin Howcroft, NCI, NIH

Speakers:

  • Dinah S. Singer, NCI, NIH, BRD4, linking chromatin structure and transcription
  • Cheng-Ming Chiang, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr., BRD4 in gene-specific targeting and cancer therapeutics
  • Rugang Zhang, Wistar Inst., BRD4 and antitumor immunity in ovarian cancer
  • Gerald V. Denis, Boston Univ. Sch. of Med., BET bromodomain proteins couple microenvironment cytokines to breast cancer progression

National Institute on Aging (NIA) Symposium
Innate Immunity and Aging
Sunday, May 14, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 209ABC
Chairs:
Rebecca A. Fuldner, NIA, NIH
Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Univ. of Colorado, Denver

Speakers:

  • Matthew T. Rondina, Univ. of Utah, Platelet reprogramming in aging drives dysregulated inflammation
  • Ruth R. Montgomery, Yale Univ., Systems analysis of innate immune responses in aging
  • Charles T. Lutz, Univ. of Kentucky, Sex of elderly individuals affects NK cell immunity
  • Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, Aging alters macrophage responses in the lung

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Symposium
The New Frontier: Diverse Mouse Models for the Advancement of Human Immunology
Saturday, May 13, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 206
Chairs:
Sonia Sharma, La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunol.
Kentner Singleton, NIAID, NIH

Speakers:

  • David Masopust, Univ. of Minnesota Med. Sch., Immunology in a dirty mouse model
  • Sonia Sharma, La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunol., Adapting the CRISPR/Cas9 screening approach to primary immune cells and in vivo models of immunological disease
  • Jeffrey A. Frelinger, Univ. of Arizona, Using the Collaborative Cross to address complex genetics in immunology
  • Bruce Beutler, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr., The new forward genetics

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Symposium
B Cell Responses to Environmental Exposures
Sunday, May 14, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 204AB
Chairs:
Michael C. Humble, NIEHS, NIH
Mary H. Foster, Duke Univ.

Speakers:

  • Mary H. Foster, Duke Univ., Respiratory silica exposure and humoral autoimmunity
  • Allen Rosenspire, Wayne State Univ., Developmental and environmental regulation of B cell receptor sensitivity potentially shapes the B cell repertoire
  • Norbert E. Kaminski, Michigan State Univ., Role of aryl hydrocarbon-dioxin interaction in impairment of human stem cell to B cell lineage commitment
  • Jennifer J. Schlezinger, Boston Univ., Tributyltin suppresses B cell development by inducing apoptosis and altering the bone marrow microenvironment

National Institutes of Health Immunology Interest Group (IIG) Symposium
The Rising Face of NIH: New Investigators in the NIH Intramural Program. A Tribute to Bill Paul.
Monday, May 15, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 201
Chairs:
Vanja Lazarevic, NCI, NIH
Pamela Schwartzberg, NHGRI, NIH

Speakers:

  • Vanja Lazarevic, NCI, NIH, Transcriptional regulation of autoreactive CD4+ T cell responses
  • Daniel L. Barber, NIAID, NIH, Protective and pathogenic CD4+ T cell responses in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
  • Michail S. Lionakis, NIAID, NIH, Bench to bedside study of candidiasis
  • Jennifer A. Martinez, NIEHS, NIH, Non-canonical autophagy links efferocytosis to inflammation
  • Iain D. Fraser, NIAID, NIH, Novel insight to cross-species innate immune signaling networks through systematic genetic screening
  • John S. Tsang, NIAID, NIH, Systems/quantitative approaches to study immunology: from humans to single cells

Guest Society Symposia

American Association of Veterinary Immunologists (AAVI) and AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee Joint Symposium
Tumor Immunotherapy in Comparative Oncology
Saturday, May 13, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 204C
Chairs:
Crystal L. Loving, Natl. Animal Dis. Ctr., ARS, USDA
Radhey Kaushik, South Dakota State Univ.

Speakers:

  • Nicola J. Mason, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Vet. Med., CAR T cell therapy in dogs with hematological malignancies
  • Lawrence B. Schook, Univ. of Illinois Col. of Agricultural, Consumer and Envrn. Sci., The Oncopig Cancer Model (OCM): A platform for transitional, translational and transformative advances in cancer research
  • David M. Vail, Univ. of Wisconsin Sch. of Vet. Med., Defining the value of comparative cancer immunotherapy clinical trials in companion species
  • Jaime F. Modiano, Univ. of Minnesota Col. of Vet. Med., Opportunities to accelerate translation of cancer immunotherapy through companion animal trials

This symposium will feature approaches for cancer immunotherapy relevant to both human and veterinary health, with an emphasis on immune system recognition and activation. Various active and passive immunotherapy approaches will be presented, highlighting the ability of antibodies and immune cells to destroy tumor cells while sparing healthy cells. The symposium will highlight recent advances in comparative tumor immunology that demonstrate translational cohesion and support the current “One Health” approach to identify scientific commonalities and medical treatments that benefit both humans and animals.

American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Symposium
Extending Genetically Modified T cells to CD19-Negative Hematologic Malignancies
Saturday, May 13, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 207A
Chairs:
Catherine M. Bollard, Children’s Natl. Med. Ctr., George Washington Univ.
Saar Gill, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Speakers:

  • Catherine M. Bollard, Children’s Natl. Med. Ctr., George Washington Univ., Overcoming TGF-β as an immune evasion strategy
  • Terry J. Fry, NCI, NIH, Potential for improving durability of CAR-induced remissions
  • Saar Gill, Univ. of Pennsylvania, CAR T cells for myeloid malignancies
  • Maksim Mamonkin, Baylor Col. of Med., Targeting T cell malignancies with CAR T cells

American Society for Reproductive Immunology (ASRI) Symposium
Innate Immunity and Pregnancy
Sunday, May 14, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 207A
Chairs:
Kenneth D. Beaman, Chicago Med. Sch., Rosalind Franklin Univ. of Med. and Sci.
Peter J. Hansen, Univ. of Florida

Speakers:

  • Kenneth D. Beaman, Chicago Med. Sch., Rosalind Franklin Univ. of Med. and Sci., Pregnancy: a model for cancer, not transplantation
  • Svetlana Dambaeva, Chicago Med. Sch., Rosalind Franklin Univ. of Med. and Sci., The role of IL-22 cytokine in pregnancy
  • John Bromfield, Univ. of Florida, Ovarian innate immunity: impacts of uterine infection on oocytes and follicles
  • Peter J. Hansen, Univ. of Florida, Programming of mammalian development by maternally derived cytokines

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Symposium
Non-Antibody-Mediated Roles of B Cells in Auto- and Allo-immunity
Sunday, May 14, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 202B
Chairs:
Maria-Luisa Alegre, Univ. of Chicago
David M. Rothstein, Univ. of Pittsburgh Med. Ctr.

Speakers:

  • Claudia Mauri, Univ. Col. London, United Kingdom, Regulatory B cells in autoimmunity
  • David M. Rothstein, Univ. of Pittsburgh Med. Ctr., Modulation of the immune system by regulatory and effector B cells
  • Geetha Chalasani, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Role of B cells in shaping T cell memory and chronic rejection
  • Anita S. Chong, Univ. of Chicago, Tolerance of alloreactive B cells in transplantation

Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) Symposium
Dendritic Cells and Macrophages in Health and Disease: Remembering Cheolho Cheong
Saturday, May 13, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 202B
Chairs:
Clinton S. Robbins, Peter Munk Cardiac Ctr., Toronto Gen. Res. Inst., Canada
Myron I. Cybulsky, Peter Munk Cardiac Ctr., Toronto Gen. Res. Inst., Canada

Speakers:

  • Maziar Divangahi, McGill Univ., Canada, Macrophages in pulmonary infectious diseases
  • Filip K. Swirski, Massachusetts Gen. Hosp., Harvard Med. Sch., Unleashing inflammation in cardiovascular disease
  • Jaehoon Choi, Hanyang Univ., Korea, Dissecting the function of dendritic cells in atherosclerosis
  • Myron I. Cybulsky, Peter Munk Cardiac Ctr., Toronto Gen. Res. Inst., Canada, Homeostatic and pathogenic functions of arterial intimal dendritic cells
  • Slava Epelman, Peter Munk Cardiac Ctr., Toronto Gen. Res. Inst., Canada, Defining cardiac dendritic cell origins and functions

Chinese Society of Immunology (CSI) Symposium
Host Responses to Infection and Tumor
Saturday, May 13, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 201
Chairs:
Zhigang Tian, Univ. of Sci. and Technol. of China, China
Yang-Xin Fu, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr.

Speakers:

  • Zhigang Tian, Univ. of Sci. and Technol. of China, China, Retrospective overview of 10 years of CSI guest symposium
  • Cuihua Liu, CAS Key Lab. of Pathogenic Microbiol. and Immunol., Inst. of Microbiol., Chinese Acad. of Sci., China, Regulation of host cellular functions by M. tuberculosis secreted effector proteins
  • Xiaoyu Hu, Inst. for Immunol., Tsinghua Univ., China, Regulation of inflammation by Notch signaling
  • Chenqi Xu, Inst. of Biochem. and Cell Biol., Chinese Acad. of Sci., China, Membrane lipids and T cell signaling
  • Lilin Ye, Inst. of Immunol., Third Military Med. Univ., China, T cells in B cell follicle
  • Lai Wei, Sun Yat-sen Univ., China, Epigenetic therapy for inflammatory disease targeting helper T cells

Chinese Society of Immunology, Taiwan (CSIT) Symposium
Recent Advances in Galectin Research
Tuesday, May 16, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 207A
Chairs:
Jenny P. Ting, Univ. of North Carolina
Shie-Liang Hsieh, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Speakers:

  • Betty A. Wu-Hsieh, Col. of Med., Natl. Taiwan Univ., Taiwan, Galectin-3 negatively regulates innate cell response to fungal pathogen
  • Kuo-I Lin, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Galectins and O-GlcNAcylation in B cell activation and differentiation
  • Jr-Wen Shui, Inst. of Biomed. Sci., Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Galectin-9 maintains epithelial immunity and regulates intestinal inflammation
  • Cheng-Lung Ku, Chang-Gung Univ., Taiwan, Anti-IFN-gamma Ab in patients of mycobacterial diseases
  • Cheng-Yuan Kao, Natl. Hlth. Res. Inst., Taiwan, A multi-pronged study reveals insights in dusp6 and gut microbiota in obesity resistance diseases

German Society for Immunology (DGfI) Symposium
T Cell Subsets
Saturday, May 13, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 207B
Chairs:
Michael Lohoff, Philipps Univ. Marburg, Germany
Ari Waisman, Univ. Mainz, Germany

Speakers:

  • Michael Lohoff, Philipps Univ. Marburg, Germany, Introduction of the DGfI
  • Alexander Scheffold, Charité Berlin, Germany, Antigen specificity of human Foxp3 regulatory T cells in mucosal tolerance
  • Tobias Bopp, Univ. Mainz, Germany, Context- and tissue-specific regulation of immunity and tolerance by protein kinase CK2
  • Friederike Berberich-Siebelt, Univ. Würzburg, Germany, The role of NFAT for regulatory T cells
  • Dietmar Zehn, Tech. Univ. München, Germany, T cell subset diversification in chronic infections
  • Magdalena Huber, Philipps Univ. Marburg, Germany, The role of IRF1 and IRF4 in T cell differentiation

International Complement Society (ICS) Symposium
21st Century Complement: Beyond the Textbooks
Saturday, May 13, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 209ABC
Chairs:
Andrea J. Tenner, Univ. of California, Irvine
Berhane Ghebrehiwet, Stony Brook Univ. Hlth. Sci. Ctr.

Speakers:

  • Jörg Köhl, Univ. of Lübeck, Germany, and Cincinnati Children’s Hosp., Complement as a potential clinical driver and therapeutic target in Gaucher’s Disease
  • Baerbel Rohrer, Med. Univ. of South Carolina, Complement and age-related macular degeneration – anaphylatoxins and RPE signaling
  • Rick A. Wetsel, Univ. of Texas McGovern Med. Sch., Complement response to Listeria monocytogenes: modulation of an intracellular beta-interferon response pathway
  • Suzan H. M. Rooijakkers*, Med. Microbiology Univ. Med. Ctr. Utrecht, Netherlands, Complement activation as a target for combating infections
    *EMBO Young Investigator Lecture

International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) Symposium
Cytokines, Cells, and Disease
Sunday, May 14, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 206
Chairs:
Ram Savan, Univ. of Washington
Katrin Mayer-Barber, NIAID, NIH

Speakers:

  • Keiko Ozato, NICHD, NIH, Super enhancers in macrophage innate immunity: the role of BRD4
  • Ram Savan, Univ. of Washington, Regulatory elements controlling type III IFN responses during viral infection
  • Lisa Osborne, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada, Immune-mediated regulation of the intestinal virome
  • Ari Molofsky, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Defining group 2 innate lymphoid cell tissue niches
  • Katrin Mayer-Barber, NIAID, NIH, Inflammatory cytokines and lipid mediators in host resistance to tuberculosis
  • Howard Young, NCI, NIH, The dark side of interferon-gamma

International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) Symposium
The Many Colors of Flow, High Complexity Flow, and Image Cytometry
Monday, May 15, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 206
Chairs:
Andreas Radbruch, Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum, Germany
Paul K. Wallace, Roswell Park Cancer Inst.

Speakers:

  • S. Alice Long, Benaroya Res. Inst., Identifying mechanisms of failed tolerance in human autoimmunity
  • Pia Kvistborg, Netherlands Cancer Inst., Netherlands, Understanding immunotherapy by dissecting the tumor-specific T cell response
  • Pratip K. Chattopadhyay, NIAID, NIH, Precision immunology through deeper, single cell cytometry
  • Jonathan M. Irish, Vanderbilt Univ., Learning and communicating cell identity in the context of cancer microenvironments
  • David W. Hedley, Princess Margaret Cancer Ctr., Canada, High complexity of histological sections using imaging mass cytometry

International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI) Symposium
Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Neurodegenerative Disorders
Monday, May 15, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 206
Chairs:
Jonathan Kipnis, Univ. of Virginia
Ari Waisman, Johannes Gutenberg Univ. of Mainz, Germany

Speakers:

  • Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui, Cedars Sinai Med. Ctr., Therapeutic roles of monocytes in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Frauke Zipp, Johannes Gutenberg Univ. of Mainz, Germany, Counteracting inflammatory attacks on the brain
  • Steve Lacroix, Laval Univ., Canada, Involvement of the IL-1 system in spinal cord cell death after injury
  • Michal Schwartz, Weizmann Inst. of Sci., Israel, Harnessing the immune system to protect the brain: the prospect of immune checkpoint blockade for treating Alzheimer’s disease

Japanese Society for Immunology (JSI) Symposium
Innate and Adaptive Helper Cells in Metabolism and Infection
Saturday, May 13, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 209ABC
Chairs:
Hiroshi Takayanagi, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
Kasuyo Moro, RIKEN Ctr. for Integrative Med. Sci., Japan

Speakers:

  • Kasuyo Moro, RIKEN Ctr. for Integrative Med. Sci., Japan, Discovery of group 2 innnate lymphoid cells
  • Norifumi Iijima, Natl. Inst. of Biomed. Innovation, Health, and Nutrition, Japan, Peripheral immune protection against mucosal virus infection
  • Kazuo Okamoto, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan, IL-17-producing T cells in the autoimmune and bone diseases
  • Yusuke Endo, Chiba Univ., Japan, Elucidation of the role of fatty acid metabolism in Th cell differentiation under obese conditions
  • Hiroshi Takayanagi, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan, Osteoimmunology and autoimmune diseases

Korean Association of Immunologists (KAI) and Association of Korean Immunologists in America (AKIA) Symposium
Crosstalk between Phagocytes and T Cells
Sunday, May 14, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 209ABC
Chairs:
Cheong-Hee Chang, Univ. of Michigan Sch. of Med.
Chang-Duk Jun, Guangju Inst. of Sci. and Technol., Korea

Speakers:

  • Minsoo Kim, Univ. of Rochester, Neutrophil responses and resolution of flu infection in the airways
  • Wan-Uk Kim, Catholic Univ. of Korea, Seoul St. Mary’s Hosp., Korea, Role of nuclear factor of activated T cells 5 in macrophage survival and chronic arthritis
  • Myong-Hee Sung, NIA, NIH, Epigenomic profiling to identify optimal steroid intervention of macrophage inflammatory responses
  • Seung-Hyo Lee, Korea Advanced Inst. of Sci. and Technol., Korea, Regulation of immune responses by lymphatic system
  • Yusang Gwack, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Novel mechanisms of CRAC channel activation in T cells
  • Chang-Duk Jun, Guangju Inst. of Sci. and Technol., Korea, A pivotal role for TAGLN2 in Toll-like receptor-induced phagocytosis

Society for Glycobiology (SfG) Symposium
Emerging Roles for Glycans in Immunity and Novel Tools to Understand Them
Saturday, May 13, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 207B
Chairs:
Brian A. Cobb, Case Western Reserve Univ. Sch. of Med.
Natasha Zachara, Johns Hopkins Univ. Sch. of Med

Speakers:

  • Brian A. Cobb, Case Western Reserve Univ. Sch. of Med., Simple tools for the study of the glycome: an HIV glycomic biomarker case report
  • Rick L. Tarleton, Univ. of Georgia, Manipulating the host: the Trypanosoma cruzi immune interface
  • Natasha Zachara, Johns Hopkins Univ. Sch. of Med., Tuning OGT and OGA expression reveals a role for dynamic O-GlcNAcylation in regulating AMPK signaling and autophagy
  • Stefan Ruhl, Univ. of Buffalo Sch. of Dent. Med., Saliva glycoproteins as a first line oral host defense
  • Michael Demetriou, Univ. of California, Irvine Sch. of Med., Metabolic regulation of immunity and autoimmunity via N-glycosylation

Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Symposium
Mechanisms of Resistance to Immunotherapy
Saturday, May 13, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 207A
Chairs:
Michael B. Atkins, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Ctr.
Mario Sznol, Yale Sch. of Med.

Speakers:

  • Steven A. Rosenberg, NCI, NIH, Characterizing tumor-specific T cell responses in tumors with low mutation rates
  • Roger S. Lo, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Pathway and mutation analyses in melanoma tumors resistant to anti-PD-1
  • Ira Mellman, Genentech, Insights into mechanisms of immune cell antagonism by PD-1 engagement in animal models
  • Louis M. Weiner, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Ctr., Use of shRNA screens to identify novel immune checkpoints
  • Carla V. Rothlin, Yale Univ., Role of receptor tyrosine kinases in function of intratumoral monocytes and macrophages
  • Nicholas P. Restifo, NCI, NIH, Role of oxygen in immunosuppression

Society for Leukocyte Biology (SLB) Symposium
Innate Lymphoid Cells in Immunity
Sunday, May 14, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 206
Chairs:
Mark A. Wallet, Univ. of Florida
Matthew J. Delano, Univ. of Michigan
Louis B. Justement, Univ. of Alabama

Speakers:

  • Jörg H. Fritz, McGill Univ., Canada, Regulation of group 2 innate lymphoid cells
  • Kristine-Ann Buela, Case Western Reserve Univ. Sch. of Med, The role of ILC2s activated by microbiota-induced IL-33 in the pathogenesis of Crohn’s-like ileitis
  • Jamie Lynn Sturgill, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Targeting sphingolipids as a novel control mechanism for ILC2-mediated lung inflammation
  • Yin Guo, Vanderbilt Univ. Med. Ctr., Interleukin-15 enables septic shock by maintaining natural killer cell integrity and function

Society for Mucosal Immunology (SMI) Symposium
Environmental Sensors of Immune Regulation at Mucosal Surfaces
Monday, May 15, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 209ABC
Chairs:
Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
Joanne L. Viney, SMI

Speakers:

  • Liang Zhou, Univ. of Florida, Regulation of innate lymphoid cell balance in the gut
  • Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr., Environmental regulation of the cytokine IL-22
  • Noah W. Palm, Yale Sch. of Med., Immunological profiling of the gut microbiota
  • Gary B. Huffnagle, Univ. of Michigan, Pulmonary immunity, inflammation, and the microbiome

Society for Natural Immunity (SNI) Symposium
Natural Killer Cells and Cancer: From Basic Research to Clinical Application
Sunday, May 14, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 209ABC
Chairs:
Adelheid Cerwenka, German Cancer Res. Ctr., Germany
Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Inst., Sweden

Speakers:

  • Thierry Walzer, Ctr. International de Recherche en Infectiologie (CIRI), Lyon, France, Regulation and role of mTOR in NK cells during antitumor responses
  • Mariapia A. Degli-Esposti, Univ. of Western Australia, Australia, NK cells, viral infection, and transplantation
  • Jianhua Yu, Ohio State Univ., Chimeric antigen receptor-redirected natural killer cells for cancer treatment
  • Jeffrey S. Miller, Univ. of Minnesota, Novel strategies to make NK cells remember and become antigen specific

Career Development Sessions

International Opportunities in Science
Friday, May 12, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM, Room 204C
Chair:
Courtney R. Pinard, Education and Awards Dept., AAI

Panelists:

  • John E. Connolly, Inst. of Molecular and Cell Biol., Singapore
  • Maziar Divangahi, McGill Univ., Montréal, Canada
  • Chen Dong, Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China
  • Adrian C. Hayday, King’s Col. London, U.K.
  • Hans-Martin Jack, Univ. of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
  • Betty Wu-Hsieh, College of Medicine, Natl. Taiwan Univ., Taipei, Taiwan

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
Saturday, May 13, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 204C
Chair:
Mary T. Litzinger, Education and Awards Dept., AAI

Speaker:

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

For anyone seeking a job outside of academia, 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 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Room 302. Bring your CV!

Publish or Perish? Pearls and Perils in Writing and Reviewing Scientific Manuscripts
Sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee
Saturday, May 13, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 204B
Chairs:
Bethany B. Moore, Univ. of Michigan; AAI Publications Committee Chair
Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med.; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Immunology

Speakers:

  • Bethany B. Moore, Univ. of Michigan, Ready, set, write…maintaining momentum in manuscript preparation
  • Kristin A. Hogquist, Univ. of Minnesota, Responding to reviewers: what you want to say and what you should say
  • Michael P. Cancro, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Med., How to review scientific manuscripts: the forest or the trees?
  • Pamela J. Fink, Univ. of Washington Sch. of Med., Ethical Issues in scientific publishing: just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD

Your data are good and now it’s time to write the manuscript. What steps are essential to tell the story clearly and convincingly? What is the best way to present your data? Once the manuscript is reviewed, how should you respond to the reviewer comments? What ethical pitfalls should you be aware of in order to avoid possible problems? If you would like to become a reviewer, what do you need to know about how to review a manuscript? These and other questions will be addressed in this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee.

Immunology Teaching Interest Group
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
Saturday, May 13, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Room 102B
Chairs:
Julie M. Jameson, California State Univ., San Marcos
David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col.

Panelists:

  • Manoj K. Mishra, Alabama State Univ., Engaging undergraduate students in immunology through problem based learning modules
  • David W. Mullins, Dartmouth Col., Digital communication and social media to connect with the modern student
  • Keith E. Garrison, St. Mary’s Col. of California, Undergraduate clinical lab simulation using ELISA
  • Devavani Chatterjea, Macalester Col., Discerning, crafting and telling immunological stories: a semester-long scaffolded writing project for beginning immunologists
  • Edith Porter, California State Univ., Los Angeles, Teaching students how to formulate research questions: adaptation of the question formulation technique to the upper division 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. Topics will include the applications of problem based learning, the use of digital communication and social media in modern teaching, strategies for teaching laboratory methods, and more. The session will end with structured breakout discussion groups for undergraduate and graduate/medical school teaching. Undergraduate teaching topics for discussion will include: developing a teaching philosophy; use of take-home vs. in-class tests; developing a course syllabus; and selection of effective textbooks. Breakout discussions for medical school teaching will cover optimal use of handouts and notes; spaced learning and testing effect; preparing students for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE); writing USMLE-style exams and assessments; question banks for test questions; and the flipped classroom in medical education. 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 13, 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM, Ballroom C
Chair:
Cherié L. Butts, Biogen; 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: $25 (Includes lunch; coffee/cookies during networking hour.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Grad student: finding a mentor, taking aim at postdoc training
    • Table Leaders: Claudia Jakubzick, Natl. Jewish Hlth.; Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Duke Univ.; Tonya Webb, Univ. of Maryland; Harlan Jones, Univ. of North Texas Hlth. Sci. Ctr.
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor, taking aim at a faculty position
    • Table Leaders: Eduardo Davila, Univ. of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Ctr.; Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Ohio State Univ.; Charlotte Vines, Univ. of Texas, El Paso
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    • Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Joseph Larkin III, Univ. of Florida; Floyd Wormley, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio
  • — NEW — Mid-Career Faculty: creative strategies for maintaining momentum in funding, research, people management
    • Table Leaders: Arturo Casadevall, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Sch. of Publ. Hlth.; Avery August, Cornell Univ. Col. of Vet. Med.; Prosper N. Boyaka, Ohio State Univ.
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    • Table Leaders: Robert Balderas, BD Biosciences; Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Margaret Bynoe, Cornell Univ. Col. of Vet. Med. (invited)
  • Government Agency Careers: CDC, FDA, NIH
    • Table Leaders: Marta Catalfamo, Georgetown Univ.; Charles Egwuagu, NEI, NIH
  • Non-Bench-Research Science Careers – e.g., scientific publishing; entrepreneurship; intellectual property/patent law; scientific non-profits/foundations
    • Table Leaders: James W. Lillard, Morehouse Sch. of Med. and JYANT Technologies, Inc.; Thandi M. Onami, Bill & Melinda Gates Fndn. (Global Health – HIV Vaccines); Fabiola V. Rivas, Cell Press

Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee
Saturday, May 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Room 209ABC
Chair:
Kerry A. Casey, MedImmune

Panelists:

  • Ann Field, Associate Director, Research Project and Portfolio Management, MedImmune
  • Andrea Itano, Vice President, Head of Tempero Discovery Performance Unit, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ingrid L. Scully, Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer
  • Matthew Sleeman, Executive Director, Immunology & Inflammation, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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
Sunday, May 14, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Room 204AB
Chair:
Mary T. Litzinger, Education and Awards Dept., AAI

Speaker:

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

This session will focus 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.

NIH Grants Workshop: Demystifying the Grant Application Submission, Review, and Funding Processes
Sunday, May 14, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 204C
Chair:
Tina McIntyre, CSR, NIH

Panelists:

  • Tina McIntyre, Scientific Review Officer, III Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH
  • Deborah Hodge, Scientific Review Officer, Immunology Fellowships and AREA Study Section, Immunology IRG, DPPS, CSR, NIH
  • Alison Deckhut-Augustine, Chief, Basic Immunology Branch, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, NIAID, NIH
  • Priti Mehrotra, Chief, Immunology Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities, NIAID, NIH
  • T. Kevin Howcroft, Chief, Cancer Immunology and Hematology Etiology Branch, Division of Cancer Biology, NCI, 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.

Careers in Science Roundtable
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Sunday, May 14, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Ballroom C
Chair:
Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clin.; AAI Committee on the Status of Women Chair

At this popular session, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with scientists at your own career stage and with more experienced scientists to explore specific career issues important to men and women in science today. Learn what others are thinking and gain insights into issues you are confronting in your own situation. Recently added topics offer insights into international opportunities in science, NIH Study Sections, considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers, and a number of ways scientists contribute to the field in non-research careers. Choose from these and other vital topics related to the environment you work in (academic research, biotech industry, governmental agencies, non-profits), the transitions from specific career stages, or issues in balancing career and family in any career path. Don’t miss this great networking opportunity! Registration Fee: $25 (Lunch included.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Research Careers in Academia
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Steve M. Varga, Univ. of Iowa; Subbarao Bondada, Univ. of Kentucky; Ashok Kumar, Children’s Hosp. of East Ontario Res. Inst.; Arash Grakoui, Emory Univ.; Chander Raman, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham; Michelle A. Kutzler, Drexel Univ. Col. of Med.; Lori R. Covey, Rutgers Univ.; Klaus Ley, La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunol.; Tonya J. Webb, Univ. of Maryland Sch. of Med.
    • Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
      Table Leaders: Lauren A. Zenewicz, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Bao Q. Vuong, City Col. of New York; Damian L. Turner, Williams Col.; Lisa K. Denzin, Rutgers Univ.; Heather R. Conti, Univ. of Toledo; Fotini Gounari, Univ. of Chicago; Khashayarsha Khazaie, Mayo Clin.; Jennifer A. Punt, Columbia Univ. Med. Ctr.; Pooja Jain, Drexel Univ. Col. of Med.; Lyse A. Norian, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
    • New PI:
      • Attracting students and postdocs
        Table Leaders: Laura A. Solt, Scripps Res. Inst.; Louise M. D’Cruz, Univ. of Pittsburgh
      • Preparing for promotion
        Table Leaders: Yina H. Huang, Dartmouth Geisel Sch. of Med.; Lisa H. Butterfield, Univ. of Pittsburgh
    • Negotiating an Academic Position
      Table Leaders: Malini Raghavan, Univ. of Michigan; Janice S. Blum, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Med.
    • Undergraduate Institutions: finding the balance in teaching, doing research
      Table Leaders: Charlotte M. Vines, Univ. of Texas, El Paso; Penny E. Shockett, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.; Julie M. Jameson, California State Univ., San Marcos
    • Mentoring Effectively
      Table Leaders: Partha Sarathi Biswas, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Lawrence P. Kane, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Networking Skills
    • How to build a network for postdocs
      Table Leaders: Paula M. Oliver, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Amanda C. Poholek, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Elizabeth A. Repasky, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
    • Networking skills for PIs
      Table Leaders: Madeleine W. Cunningham, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Career and Family: balancing parenthood and career; the dual career couple
    Table Leaders: Cathryn Nagler, Univ. of Chicago; Laura Santambrogio, Albert Einstein Col. of Med.
  • Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
    Table Leaders: Andrew C. Chan, Genentech; Divya Sagar, MedImmune; Saifur Rahman, MedImmune; Jennifer Towne, Janssen Therapeutics; Laura L. Carter, Lycera Corp.; Catherine J. McMahan, Emergent BioSolutions; Mandy J. McGeachy, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Lisa I. Hoover, Precision for Medicine; Andrea Itano, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Careers at Governmental Agencies
    Table Leaders: Daniela Vertelyi, FDA; Pam L. Schwartzberg, NHGRI, NIH; Joan K. Lunney, USDA; Chao Jiang, NIAID, NIH; Jonathan W. Yewdell, NIAID, NIH
  • NIH Study Section Insights
    • Grant Writing for Fellowships/Transition Awards
      Table Leaders: Maureen Ann McGargill, St. Jude’s Children’s Res. Hosp.; Michael A. Farrar, Univ. of Minnesota; Kristin A. Hogquist, Univ. of Minnesota
    • Grant Writing for PIs
      Table Leaders: Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clin.; Mark L. Lang, Univ. of Oklahoma Hlth. Sci. Ctr.; Robert J. Binder, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Catherine C. “Lynn” Hedrick, La Jolla Inst. for Allergy and Immunol.
  • The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
    Table Leaders: Saad Kendarian, Mayo Clin.; Penelope A. Morel, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
    Table Leader: Ifor R. Williams, Emory Univ.
  • Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers enabling scientists to advance the field away from the bench
    • Scientific Publishing
      Table Leaders: Ellen C. Fox, AAI, The Journal of Immunology, Angela Colmone, AAAS, Science Immunology
    • Opportunities for Scientists in Foundations/Non-profits
      Table Leaders: M. Michele Hogan, Executive Director, AAI; Susanna F. Greer, American Cancer Society
    • Careers in Technology Transfer
      Table Leaders: Wendy Martin, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; Mark L. Rohrbaugh, Office of Intramural Research, NIH
    • Careers in Science Policy
      Table Leaders: Lauren G. Gross, Public Policy and Government Affairs, AAI; Carrie D. Wolinetz, Office of Science Policy, NIH
  • International Opportunities in Science
    Table leaders: Susan John, Kings Col. London; John E. Connolly, Inst. of Molecular and Cell Biol., Singapore

Secrets for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship
Monday, May 15, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 204C

Speaker:

  • Lori Conlan, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services, NIH

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.

AAI Business Meeting and Awards Presentations

Saturday, May 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 204B

Chair:
M. Michele Hogan, AAI, Executive Director

AAI reports on the “state of the association” to its members at every AAI annual meeting. Members will hear from the Executive Director, the Secretary-Treasurer, the Editors-in-Chief of AAI journals (The Journal of Immunology and ImmunoHorizons), and the Chair of the Committee on Public Affairs on the financial standing of AAI and other matters of importance to the membership. Selected 2017 AAI awards will also be presented during this session.

AAI Distinguished Service Award
Eugene M. Oltz
For outstanding service to AAI and the immunology community as member and chair of the AAI Publications Committee, 2012-2016
Eugene M. Oltz, Ph.D., Washington Univ. Sch. of Med.

AAI annually provides more than 700 AAI meeting travel awards and grants to recognize the promise and promote the professional development of investigators of all career stages. Travel award and grant presentations and acknowledgments at the business meeting will include:

Presentations

Pfizer-Showell Travel Award
To recognize the professional promise of an early-career investigator
Jakob von Moltke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Univ. of Washington

Lustgarten-Thermo Fisher Scientific Memorial Award
To advance the career of a mid-career scientist who attends the AAI annual meeting and presents an outstanding abstract specifically in the area of immune regulation
Jing H. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Univ. of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Chambers-Thermo Fisher Scientific Memorial Award
To advance the career of an early-career scientist who attends the AAI annual meeting and presents an outstanding abstract specifically in the area of cancer biology
Erica L. Stone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Wistar Inst.

Lefrançois-BioLegend Memorial Award
To advance the career of a trainee who attends the AAI annual meeting and presents an outstanding abstract specifically in the area of mucosal immunology
Kathryn A. Knoop, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

AAI-Thermo Fisher Trainee Achievement Awards
To recognize promising trainees in the field of immunology

Oscar A. Aguilar, Graduate Student, Univ. of Toronto, Sunnybrook Research Inst.
Semir Beyaz, Graduate Student, Harvard Med. Sch.
Michael G. Constantinides, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, NIAID, NIH
Rajendra Karki, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children’s Res. Hosp.
Hadi Maazi, D.V.M., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of Southern California
Kelsey Voss, Graduate Student, Uniformed Serv. Univ. of the Hlth. Sci.

Acknowledgments

  • AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grants
  • AAI Laboratory Travel Grants
  • FASEB MARC Mentored Poster/Platform (Oral) Presenter Travel Awards
    Sponsored by FASEB MARC Program under a grant from NIGMS, NIH
    [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM08059-32 NCE]
  • AAI Undergraduate Faculty Travel Grants
  • AAI Trainee Abstract Awards
  • AAI Trainee Poster Awards