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Location of the events:

  • Registration: The Forum 3rd Floor Lobby
  • General Sessions: The Forum G-I
  • Poster Sessions: The Forum K
  • Meals: The Forum J
  • Coffee Breaks: The Forum 3rd Floor Lobby

Saturday, June 16, 2018


7:30 a.m. Registration: The Forum 3rd floor Lobby
8:00 a.m. Welcome address: The Forum G-I

Session 1: Chair: Ashlyn Anderson, Graduate Student, UAB


8:10 a.m.
Rathmell 3Jeffrey Rathmell, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Title: Fueling T Cell Differentiation and Function
8:35 a.m. Kosiewics 2Michele Kosiewicz, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Louisville

Title: Sex and gut microbiota influences on immunoregulation and disease in lupus-prone mice
9:00 a.m. ZhongXiaopin Zhong, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Immunology,  Duke University

Title: Signal Control of Invariant T Cell Development and Function
9:25 a.m. OstereichKenneth Oestreich, PhD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Title: Novel roles for Ikaros zinc finger transcription factors in T helper cell differentiation
9:50 a.m. Mei Lan ChenTrainee speaker: Mei Lan Chen, Graduate Student, The Scripps Research Institute, FL

Title: Specialization of Effector CD4+ T Cells in the Small Intestine
10:05 a.m. Coffee Break: The Forum 3rd floor Lobby

Session 2: Chair: Jessica Peel, Graduate Student, UAB

10:30  a.m. Keynote address 1

Casanova Jean Laurent smallJean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD, Senior Attending Physician, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor, The Rockefeller University

Title: Toward a genetic theory of childhood infectious diseases
11:30 a.m. TajieTajie H. Harris, PhD
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Title: The danger of brain infections: Alarmins and the control of T. gondii in the CNS
11:55 a.m. MaluMalu G. Tansey, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine

Title: Role and regulation of inflammation and immune responses in age-related neurodegeneration
12:20 p.m. Lunch: The Forum J
12:50 p.m. Poster Session 1: Block A Posters - The Forum K

Session 3: Chair: Jennifer Marvin, Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University

2:30 p.m. Jan Novak PhotoJan Novak, PhD
UAB School of Medicine

Title: Defining pathogenesis of an autoimmune disease: From glycomics to genomics and back

2:55 p.m. MartinezJennifer Martinez, PhD
NIEHS

Title: Rubicon: Above and beyond the call of duty


3:20 p.m. LeavenworthJian Mei Leavenworth. MD, PhD
UAB Medical School

Title: New players in anti-tumor immunity


3:45 p.m. Selene MezaTrainee Speaker: Selene Meza-Perez, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, UAB

Title: PPARg+VAT-associated Tregs are required to suppress anti-tumor responses in the omentum
4:00 p.m. Coffee Break: The Forum 3rd floor Lobby

Session 4: Chair: Claire Rosean, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Virginia

4:20 p.m. PuaHeather Pua, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Centere

Title: Extracellular RNA and vesicles in allergic lung inflammation

4:45 p.m. Li BingBing Li, PhD
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Title: Expression of A-FABP in Tumor Associated Macrophages Promotes Breast Cancer Progression
5:10 p.m. Keynote Address 2

Belkaid LabYasmine Belkaid, PhD, Senior Investigator. Mucosal Immunology Section, NIAID/DIR 

Title:  Homeostatic immunity to the microbiota


6:15 p.m. Dinner: The Forum J
7:00 p.m. Poster Session 2: Block B Posters - The Forum K

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Session 5: Chair: Vineel Reddy, , Postdoctoral Fellow, UAB

8:00 a.m. McLeodAmanda S. MacLeod, MD
Duke University School of Medicine

Title: Innate Immune Defense and Repair Functions  at the Skin Barrier
8:25 a.m. Li LiwuLiwu Li, PhD
Virginia Tech

Title: Innate immunity programming dynamics in acute and chronic diseases
8:50 a.m. RutkowskiMelanie Rutkowski, PhD
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Title: Antibiotic-induced commensal dysbiosis attenuates the efficacy of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade in breast cancer
9:15 a.m. SutharMehul S. Suthar, PhD
Emory University Vaccine Center

Title: Immune control of flavivirus infection


9:40 a.m. SilbergerTrainee speaker: Daniel Silberger, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, UAB

Title: CD4+ T Cell-derived Interleukin-21 Promotes the Clearance of Enteropathogenic bacteria via Enhancement of Humoral Immunity and Inhibition of T Follicular Regulatory Cell Development.
9:55 a.m. American Association of Immunology Awards
10:10 a.m. Coffee Break: The Forum 3rd Floor Lobby

Session 6: Chair:  Adam Getzler, Graduate Student, The Scripps Research Institute, FL

10:30 a.m. HainesTrainee Speaker: Robert Haines, Graduate Student, Emory University

Title: The histone demethylase LSD1 regulates B cell proliferation and plasmablast differentiation
10:45 a.m. GoonetillekeNilu Goonetilleke, PhD
University of North Carolina School of Medicin

Title: T cells immunobiology in HIV infection


11:10 a.m. NagarajanUma Nagarajan, PhD
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Title: Innate immune response to Chlamydia infection-the role for PRRs and the DAMPs in disease

11:35 a.m. Keynote address 3

Jameson Stephen smallStephen Jameson, PhD, Professor and Chairman's Fund Professorship in Experimental Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota

Title: The ATP sensor P2RX7 controls metabolic fitness of memory CD8 T cells
12:35 p.m. Closing remarks and announcement of next symposium
12:45 p.m. Lunch and Departure: The Forum J