Welcome to IMMUNOLOGY 2014™
AAI Annual Meeting
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

The Scientific Program at IMMUNOLOGY 2014™ featured cutting-edge developments from scientists at every career stage, including world leaders in immunology presenting their research in plenary lectures and special symposia, award lecture presentations, and major symposia. In addition, more than 700 other AAI and guest society members presented their latest findings in over 100 sessions. And over 2,050 poster presenters displayed and discussed their findings throughout the week.

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Pittsburgh

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President's Program (President's Address; President's Symposium)
AAI President's Address and Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award
Marc K. Jenkins

Friday, May 2, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Marc K. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Medical School, AAI President
The in vivo response of naive CD4+ T cells

Stephen D. Miller, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Introduction

AAI President's Symposium and Presentation of Excellence in Mentoring Award

Dedicated to the Memory of our Colleague and Friend, Leo Lefrançois, Jr., Ph.D.

Anatomy of the Immune Response
Monday, May 5, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Chair:
Marc K. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Medical School, AAI President
Speakers:
Ronald N. Germain, NIAID, NIH
Visualizing the dynamics and micro-anatomy of the immune system: how this complex
machine really works
Michel C. Nussenzweig, HHMI, Rockefeller University
Antibodies in HIV vaccine and therapy
Ellen A. Robey, University of California, Berkeley
Visualizing T cell selection in the thymus
Jason G. Cyster, HHMI, University of California, San Francisco
Deciphering the guidance cue code for B cell immunity
Ronald N. Germain
Ronald N. Germain
Michel C. Nussenzweig
Michel C. Nussenzweig
Ellen A. Robey
Ellen A. Robey
Jason G. Cyster
Jason G. Cyster
Distinguished Lectures
Saturday, May 3, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Kristin A. Hogquist
Kristin A. Hogquist
University of Minnesota Center for Immunology
Self reactivity in T cell selection and homeostasis
Sunday, May 4, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Ellen V. Rothenberg
Ellen V. Rothenberg
California Institute of Technology
Gene regulatory pathways to T cell identity
Monday, May 5, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Mark J. Shlomchik
Mark J. Shlomchik
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
NETworks in lupus: T-B or not T-B, DC is the question

Photo: Joshua Franzos
Major Symposia

Saturday, May 3, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Major Symposium A: Underlying Mechanisms of Autoimmunity
Ballroom A
Chairs:
Ann Marshak-Rothstein, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Daniel B. Stetson, University of Washington
Speakers:
Daniel B. Stetson, University of Washington, Endogenous retroelements and autoimmune disease
Virginia Pascual, Baylor Institute for Immunology Research, Novel innate immunity pathways contribute to human lupus pathogenesis
Amit Bar-Or, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, B cell: T cell interactions in autoimmunity
Ann Marshak-Rothstein, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Systemic autoimmune disease – Why TLR7?
Alexander V. Chervonsky, University of Chicago, Microbial contribution to autoimmunity
Jayne Danska, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Ménage à trois: genes, sex, and microbes in autoimmunity

Major Symposium B: Cytokines: In Sickness and in Health
Ballroom BC
Chairs:
Sarah L. Gaffen, University of Pittsburgh
Achsah D. Keegan, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Speakers:
Georgia Perona-Wright, University of British Columbia, The impact of indiscriminate cytokine signaling in infection
Achsah D. Keegan, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Alternative activation of macrophages by IL-4 and IL-13: contribution to severity of allergic lung inflammation
Ninan Abraham, University of British Columbia, The IL-7-related cytokines in airway immunity
Sharon S. Evans, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The two faces of IL-6 in the tumor microenvironment
Sandip K. Datta, NIAID, NIH, Cytokine regulation of Staphylococcus aureus infections
Sarah L. Gaffen, University of Pittsburgh, Straight from the mouse's mouth: IL-17 signaling and oral immunity to fungi

Sunday, May 4, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Major Symposium C: The Female Reproductive Tract: From Infection to Pregnancy
Ballroom A
Chairs:
Adrian Erlebacher, NYU School of Medicine
Akiko Iwasaki, Yale School of Medicine
Speakers:
Michael N. Starnbach, Harvard Medical School, Chlamydia trachomatis manipulates immunity in the genital tract
Ashley T. Haase, University of Minnesota, Vaccine strategies to concentrate immune defenses at mucosal frontlines
Akiko Iwasaki, Yale School of Medicine, Tissue-resident memory T cell protection against HSV-2
Sing Sing Way, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Immune pathogenesis of prenatal infection
Adrian Erlebacher, NYU School of Medicine, Epigenetics of immune privilege in the pregnant uterus
Francesco Colucci*, University of Cambridge, Maternal immune cells and fetal
compatibility genes


* Supported by the British Society for Immunology

Major Symposium D: Regulation of Gene Expression and Immunity
Ballroom BC
Chairs:
Peter D. Katsikis, Drexel University College of Medicine
Carola G. Vinuesa, Australian National University
Speakers:
Peter D. Katsikis, Drexel University College of Medicine, miRNA and CTL responses
Karla Kirkegaard, Stanford University School of Medicine, Function of a long noncoding RNA in pathogen susceptibility and IFN-gamma synthesis
Rafael Casellas, NIAMS, NIH, The nature of AID off-targeting activity
Alexander Tarakhovsky, Rockefeller University, Epigenetic control of antiviral response
Martin Turner, Babraham Institute, The regulation of lymphocyte development by RNA binding proteins
Carola G. Vinuesa, Australian National University, miRNA-mediated control of Tfh cells and germinal center responses

Monday, May 5, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Major Symposium E: Fueling Immunity: Metabolic Effects in and on the Immune System
Ballroom A
Chairs:
Douglas R. Green, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Barbara S. Nikolajczyk, Boston University School of Medicine
Speakers:
Douglas R. Green, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Metabolic reprogramming in activated T cells
Steven J. Bensinger, University of California, Los Angeles, SREBPs are required for metabolic reprogramming of effector T cells
Erika L. Pearce, Washington University School of Medicine, Metabolic regulation of T cell function and fate
Barbara S. Nikolajczyk, Boston University School of Medicine, Lymphocytes regulate inflammation in human type 2 diabetes
Vishwa Deep Dixit, Yale School of Medicine, Immunometabolic control of age-related inflammation
Myriam Aouadi, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Role of adipose tissue macrophages in the regulation of whole body metabolism

Major Symposium F: Progress and Challenges in Vaccines for the Major Killers: Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS
Ballroom BC
Chairs:
John T. Harty, University of Iowa
JoAnne L. Flynn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Speakers:
Robert A. Seder, NIAID, NIH, Translational development of a malaria vaccine from bench to bedside: is it prime time for T cells?
John T. Harty, University of Iowa, Breaking, making, and breaking immunity during malaria infection
Willem Hanekom, University of Cape Town and Gates Foundation, Toward understanding vaccination-induced protection against tuberculosis
JoAnne L. Flynn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Variability among and within hosts in tuberculosis
Pamela J. Bjorkman, HHMI, California Institute of Technology, Engineering improved antibodies against HIV
Dan Barouch, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Novel HIV vaccine strategies

Tuesday, May 6, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Major Symposium G: Deciphering the Roles for Innate Lymphoid Cells in Health and Disease
Ballroom A
Chairs:
James P. Di Santo, Institut Pasteur
Fumio Takei, University of British Columbia
Speakers:
James P. Di Santo, Institut Pasteur, Transcriptional regulation of innate lymphoid cell differentiation
Nadine Cerf-Bensussan, Institut IMAGINE and Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité, Gut innate lymphoid cells and intestinal lymphomagenesis
Michael A. Caligiuri, Ohio State University, Human NK cell development: sorting out the ILCs
Gregory F. Sonnenberg, University of Pennsylvania, Innate lymphoid cell regulation of adaptive immunity and intestinal homeostasis
Bruce D. Levy, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Specialized pro-resolving mediators regulate innate lymphoid cells
Fumio Takei, University of British Columbia, ILC2 and allergic lung inflammation

Major Symposium H: Macrophages and DCs in Vascular Inflammation
Ballroom BC
Chairs:
Klaus Ley, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology
Eicke Latz, University of Bonn and University of Massachusetts Medical School
Speakers:
Eicke Latz, University of Bonn and University of Massachusetts Medical School, Role of inflammasomes in vascular inflammation
David M. Mosser, University of Maryland, College Park, The regulation of inflammation by macrophages
Filip K. Swirski, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Monocyte flux and macrophage proliferation in atherosclerosis
Klaus Ley, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, Antigen presentation in the atherosclerotic aorta
Cornelia M. Weyand, Stanford University School of Medicine, Dendritic cell function in large vessel vasculitis
Jacques F. Banchereau, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Harnessing human dendritic cell subsets for next generation vaccines

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-Life Technologies Meritorious Career Award
  • AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research
  • AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award
AAI Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
Friday, May 2, 5:00 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Chair:
Marc K. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Medical School, AAI President

Award Recipient:
Emil R. Unanue, M.D.Emil R. Unanue, Washington University School of Medicine

AAI President Marc K. Jenkins 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 Presentations
Saturday, May 3, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 321

Kristin A. Hogquist, Ph.D.Kristin A. Hogquist, University of Minnesota Center for Immunology
For outstanding service to AAI and the immunology community as Chair of the AAI Program Committee, 2009–2012

Jeremy M. Boss, Ph.D.Jeremy M. Boss, Emory University School of Medicine
For outstanding service to AAI and the immunology community as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Immunology, 2008–2013


AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award Presentation and Lecture
Generously supported by BD Biosciences
Saturday, May 3, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Chair:
Marc K. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Medical School, AAI President

Award Recipient:
Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.Katherine A. Fitzgerald, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Molecular basis of recognition and gene regulation in innate immunity

AAI President Marc K. Jenkins and BD Biosciences Vice President of Market Development Robert Balderas will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Fitzgerald's lecture.

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


AAI-Life Technologies Meritorious Career Award Presentation and Lecture
Generously supported by Life Technologies Corporation
Sunday, May 4, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Chair:
Marc K. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Medical School, AAI President

Award Recipient:
Timothy A. Springer, Ph.D.Timothy A. Springer, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Integrins, gliding adhesins, and malaria vaccines

AAI President Marc K. Jenkins and Life Technologies Senior Market Development Manager Jeff Croissant will introduce the awardee and present the award immediately prior to Dr. Springer's lecture

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


AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award Presentation
Monday, May 5, 12:30 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Chair:
Marc K. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Medical School, AAI President

Award Recipient:
William E. Paul, M.D.William E. Paul, NIAID, NIH

AAI President Marc K. Jenkins and Anthony L. DeFranco, University of California, San Francisco, will introduce the awardee and present the award prior to the start of the President's Symposium.

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


AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research Presentation and Lecture
Monday, May 5, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Chair:
Marc K. Jenkins, University of Minnesota Medical School, AAI President

Award Recipient:
Carl H. June, M.D.Carl H. June, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Adventures with CARs for cancer

AAI President Marc K. Jenkins will introduce the awardee and present the award. Immediately following this short presentation, Dr. June will deliver his 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 500 AAI meeting travel awards and grants to recognize the promise and bolster the professional development of early- and mid-career investigators, including underrepresented minority scientists and trainees.

  • AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grants
  • AAI Minority Scientist Travel Awards
  • AAI Trainee Abstract Awards
  • AAI Trainee Poster Awards
  • AAI-Life Technologies Trainee Achievement Awards
  • Lefrançois-BioLegend Memorial Award
  • Chambers-eBioscience Memorial Award
  • Lustgarten-eBioscience Memorial Award
  • Pfizer-Showell Travel Award
  • AAI Laboratory Travel Grants
  • AAI Undergraduate Faculty Travel Grants

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

AAI Committee Symposia & Sessions
AAI Clinical Immunology Committee
Personalized Medicine from an Immunologist's Perspective
Saturday, May 3, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 315/316
Chairs:
Robert L. Modlin, UCLA
Denise E. Kirschner, University of Michigan Medical School
Speakers:
Kenneth G. C. Smith, University of Cambridge, Immune-mediated disease: the genomics of clinical outcome
Daniel L. Kastner, NHGRI, NIH, Fevers, strokes, and vasculopathy: in search of our inner zebras
Denise E. Kirschner, University of Michigan Medical School, A systems biology approach to understanding the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Bali Pulendran, Emory University Vaccine Research Center, Systems vaccinology: enabling rational vaccine design with systems biology

The integration of basic research and clinical knowledge has led to an ever-increasing repertoire of personalized strategies for the treatment and prevention of a variety of infectious and inflammatory diseases. A major focus of this session will be on systems medicine approaches to identify biomarkers and targets for both prevention and intervention in human disease.


AAI Committee on Public Affairs
Rock Talk-ing With Sally Rockey: The Issues, the Blog, and the Woman Behind It All
Sunday, May 4, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Room 315/316
Chair:
Elizabeth J. Kovacs, Chair, AAI Committee on Public Affairs
Speaker:
Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research and Director, Office of Extramural Research, NIH
Sally Rockey image

So you get the blog, and you read it, and you sometimes even comment. The issues raised are important and thought-provoking, and the questions asked can be provocative. But the person who writes this blog is also a senior leader at NIH who has influence over NIH policy, particularly, over many of the key issues that affect you. Who is she and what do you want her to know about you? Come to this session to meet Sally Rockey, to learn about upcoming NIH plans for the extramural research community, and to get answers to the questions you've always wanted to ask.


AAI Education Committee
AAI High School Teachers Summer Research Program Workshop: Lessons in Immunology
Saturday, May 3, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 319
Chair:
Clinton B. Mathias, Western New England University
Speakers:
Robert Aguilar, Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, OH
Andrea Cobb, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
Mark Trice, Frederick High School, Frederick, MD
Matthew S. Young, A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, TX

The AAI High School Teachers Summer Research Program brings the excitement of immunology directly to high school students through curricula developed by participating high school teachers. This program pairs high school science teachers with established AAI member immunologists who mentor them in their laboratories in a "hands-on" summer internship. The teachers develop a science project for the classroom based on their summer research experience. In this session, 2013-2014 participating high school teachers will present their experiences and projects.


Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Saturday, May 3, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Room 317/318
Chair:
Nandita Bose, Biothera
Panelists:
Elizabeth L. Bachert, Senior Director, Worldwide Business Development, Pfizer
Jane Grogan, Senior Scientist, Genentech
James Huleatt, Deputy Director, Global Clinical Immunology, Sanofi Pasteur
Thomas MacAllister, Chief Development Officer, Besins Healthcare
Jeffrey Rossio, Director, R&D, Immunoassay Development, Life Technologies Corporation

Many opportunities exist in industry for a scientist with advanced degrees. There are positions in laboratory research, program management, business development, regulatory affairs and clinical trials oversight, medical liaison, and more. This panel features scientists employed in a variety of positions in industry, who will share their career paths and highlight the skills required to succeed in these careers. Following the panel discussion, enjoy casual conversation with the speakers and other industry connections at a networking reception.


AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Careers in Science Roundtable
Sunday, May 4, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Room 408/409/410
Chair:
Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; Chair, AAI Committee
on the Status of Women

Registration Fee: $20 (Lunch included.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Research Careers in Academia
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Carol F. Webb, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Michelle A. Parent, University of Delaware
    • Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
      Table Leaders: Deborah M. Brown, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Shabaana A. Khader, Washington University
    • New PI: attracting students and postdocs, preparing for tenure
      Table Leaders: Akiko Iwasaki, HHMI, Yale School of Medicine; Robin Stephens, University of Texas Medical Branch
    • Undergraduate Institutions: finding the balance in teaching, doing research
      Table Leaders: Paula Lutz, University of Wyoming; Laurie Shornick, St. Louis University
    • Mentoring Effectively
      Table Leaders: Gail A. Bishop, University of Iowa; Laura Haynes, University of Connecticut Health Center; Janice S. Blum, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • How to Build a Network
    Table Leaders: Sarah L. Gaffen, University of Pittsburgh; Paula M. Oliver, University of Pennsylvania
  • Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples
    Table Leaders: Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Research Foundation; Carolina B. Lopez, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Lisa K. Denzin, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
    Table Leaders: Jane Grogan, Genentech; Mandy J. McGeachy, University of Pittsburgh; Theresa Schaub, eBioscience, an Affymetrix company; Theresa J. Goletz, Amgen
  • Research Careers at Governmental Agencies (FDA/NIH/USDA/CDC)
    Table Leaders: Carol H. Pontzer, NCCAM, NIH; David H. Margulies, NIAID, NIH
  • NIH Study Section Insights
    Table Leaders: Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
  • The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
    Table Leaders: Penelope A. Morel, University of Pittsburgh; Robert L. Ferris, University of Pittsburgh
  • Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
    Table Leaders: Mary Beth Humphrey, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center; Wayne M. Yokoyama, HHMI, Washington University School of Medicine;
  • Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers in scientific journals, public policy, non-profits
    Table Leaders: Mary T. Litzinger, American Association of Immunologists; Elizabeth R.Walsh, American Association of Immunologists (Two Ph.D. immunologists serving the AAI as Manager of Educational and Career Development Programs and Science Liaison respectively)

At this always 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. New topics this year offer insights into NIH Study Sections and considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers. Choose from these and the 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!


AAI Membership Committee
New Member Reception (By invitation only)
Friday, May 2, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 301/302
Chair:
Judith A. Owen, Haverford College; Chair, AAI Membership Committee

AAI wishes to welcome new Regular and Associate members joining AAI for the first time. AAI President Marc Jenkins and other AAI leaders look forward to meeting you personally. Please join us with your invitation in hand for light refreshments and casual conversation. Event by invitation only.


AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Careers Roundtable and (NEW!) Speed Networking Session
Saturday, May 3, 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM, Room 408/409/410

Supported in part by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM08059-31]

Chair:
Adriana Larregina, University of Pittsburgh; Chair, AAI Minority Affairs Committee

Registration Fee: $20 (Includes lunch; coffee/cookies during networking hour.)

Roundtable discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Grad Student: finding a mentor; taking aim at postdoc training
    Table Leaders: Santiago Partida-Sanchez, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Eduardo Davila, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center; Maria-Luisa Alegre, University of Chicago; Tonya J. Webb, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor; taking aim at a faculty position
    Table Leaders:Robert J. Binder, University of Pittsburgh; Avery August, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; Joseph Larkin, University of Florida
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    Table Leaders: Adriana T. Larregina, University of Pittsburgh; José R. Conejo-Garcia,
    Wistar Institute; Prosper Boyaka, Ohio State University
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    Table Leaders: Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Karel Otero Gutierrez, Biogen Idec; David A. Hokey, Aeras; Homero Sepulveda, BD Biosciences
  • Government Agency Careers: CDC, FDA, NIH
    Table Leaders: Cherié L. Butts, Biogen Idec; Marta Catalfamo, NIAID, NIH
  • Non-Research Careers: scientific media relations, scientific journals
    Table Leaders: Anita Srikameswaran, M.D., Senior Manager, Media Relations (basic/translational biomedical research), University of Pittsburgh; Kaylene Kenyon, Ph.D., Publication Director, AAI

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.


Minority Affairs Committee Guest Lecture
Monday, May 5, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 319

Supported in part by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program: T36-GM08059-31]

Chair:
Adriana Larregina, University of Pittsburgh; Chair, AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Arturo Casadevall
Speaker:
Arturo Casadevall, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University
A new synthesis for antibody-mediated immunity

AAI Program Committee
Back to School: A Review of Four Fast-Moving Fields
Friday, May 2, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Room 315/316
Chairs:
David Masopust, University of Minnesota
Leslie J. Berg, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Speakers:
David A. Largaespada, University of Minnesota, Engineering cells using transposons and site-specific endonucleases
Richard M. Locksley, HHMI, University of California, San Francisco, Innate lymphoid cells
Katherine A. Fitzgerald, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Long non-coding RNA: new players in gene regulation and host defense
Kenneth M. Murphy, HHMI, Washington University School of Medicine, Dendritic cell development and subset function

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
Publishing Your Scientific Work: Tips on Writing, Responding to Reviewers, and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls
Sunday, May 4, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Room 305
Chairs:
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington University School of Medicine
Pamela J. Fink, University of Washington School of Medicine
Speakers:
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington University School of Medicine, Writing a scientific manuscript: How should I tell my story and to whom should I tell it?
Kristin A. Hogquist, University of Minnesota, Responding to reviewers: What you want to say and what you should say
Pamela J. Fink, University of Washington School of Medicine, If it feels wrong, it
probably is

Your data may be good and your findings may be significant, but your manuscript will navigate peer review more smoothly if you present your findings well. What steps can an author take to improve data presentation? What is considered an inappropriate, even unethical, presentation of data? What will make the manuscript easier for the reviewer to read and evaluate? How can the author best respond to reviewers? With ample time for questions and answers at the end of the session, experienced editors will address these and other questions about scientific publishing in this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee.


AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee & American Association of Veterinary Immunologists (AAVI) Joint Symposium
Vaccines for the Modern Era: Implications for Human and Animal Health
Saturday, May 3, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 320
Chairs:
Laurel J. Gershwin, University of California, Davis
Carol G. Chitko-McKown, Genetics, Breeding, and Animal Health Research Unit,
ARS, USDA
Speakers:
Mark K. Slifka, Oregon Health and Science University, Hydrogen peroxide-based vaccines: a new approach to an old problem
Tilahun Yilma, University of California, Davis, Strategies for enhancing the safety and efficacy of recombinant vaccines
Ronald D. Schultz, University of Wisconsin, Immunologic memory: what to expect from different types of vaccines!
Anna P. Durbin, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dengue vaccines: from animal models to human challenge

This symposium will feature topics on both human and veterinary vaccines, with emphasis on new technologies and new information for more appropriate targeting of the immune response to achieve protective immunity. Advances in understanding immune responses to veterinary and human pathogens and applications of that information to vaccine design illustrate a commonality that supports the current "one health" concept in medicine.

NIH Institute-Sponsored Symposia
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Workshop: Scavenger Receptor Biology and Nomenclature
Sunday, May 4, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 320
Chairs:
Mercy PrabhuDas, NIAID, NIH
Joseph El Khoury, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Schedule:
Monty Krieger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The initial molecular identification and characterization of scavenger receptors
Dawn M. E. Bowdish, McMaster University, Scavenger receptors in host defense against infectious disease
Joseph El Khoury, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Scavenger receptors and the neuroimmune system
Joseph El Khoury, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Proposed nomenclature

Panel Discussion followed by vote

 
Monty Krieger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Steven R. Post, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dawn M. E. Bowdish, McMaster University
Joseph El Khoury, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Xiang-Yang Wang, Virginia Commonwealth University

This workshop will serve as a follow-up to a meeting held in November 2012 in Bethesda, MD, at which experts in the field came together to establish guidelines and recommendations for standardizing the nomenclature for scavenger receptors (SRs) and to consider strategies for dealing with future discoveries of SRs. The goal of this workshop is to communicate these recommendations and guidelines, which will be published in The Journal of Immunology prior to IMMUNOLOGY 2014™, to the wider scientific community, to provide a forum for discussion, and to gather feedback for adopting the recommended nomenclature in the future.

The session will consist of one hour of scientific talks followed by a panel discussion, which will culminate with a vote from the floor to arrive at a decision regarding the proposed recommendations.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Symposium: Lymphatic Function and the Immune Response to Microbial or Viral Infection
Sunday, May 4, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 319
Chairs:
Michael C. Carroll, Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Lara R. Miller, NIAID, NIH
Speakers:
Melody A. Swartz, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Immunoregulatory roles of lymphatic endothelial cells
Michael C. Carroll, Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Nodal regulation of humoral immunity to influenza infection by lymphangiogenesis
David C. Zawieja, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Altered lymphatic function in response to inflammation/peritonitis
Nancy H. Ruddle, Yale University, Lymphatics in chronic inflammation

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Symposium: Gene Environment Interactions in the Etiology of Asthma
Sunday, May 4, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 319
Chairs:
Michael C. Humble, NIEHS, NIH
Donald N. Cook, NIEHS, NIH
Speakers:
Donald N. Cook, NIEHS, NIH, Finding the molecular links between house dust and asthma
Stephania A. Cormier, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Exposure to combustion-derived particulate matter enhances influenza severity in infants
John W. Hollingsworth, Duke University, Molecular mechanisms involved in lung airway and immune responses to ozone
Lester Kobzik, Harvard School of Public Health, Prenatal programming of asthma susceptibility by environmental stressors

National Institute on Aging (NIA) Symposium: B Cell Regulation of Immunity in Old Age
Sunday, May 4, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 305
Chairs:
Rebecca A. Fuldner, NIA, NIH
Michael P. Cancro, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Speakers:
Richard L. Riley, University of Miami, Mechanisms and outcomes of reduced B lymphopoiesis in old age
Michael P. Cancro, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Affinity, effectors, and memory: independent variables in humoral immunosenescence
Laura Haynes, University of Connecticut Health Center, Protective humoral immunity and Tfh function decline with age
M. A. Julie Westerink, University of Toledo Health Science Center, Age-related immune response to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination

Guest Society Symposia
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Symposium: Immunogenicity of Biotherapeutics: Predicting Potential Contributors and Mechanisms
Sunday, May 4, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 320
Chairs:
Arunan Kaliyaperumal, Amgen, Inc.
Bonnie Rup, Pfizer
Speakers:
Terry Goletz, Amgen, Inc., Applications and approaches for immune monitoring in clinical drug development
Jack Ragheb, FDA, Novel in vivo approaches for the study of immune responses
Genhong Cheng, University of California, Los Angeles, Inflammatory responses to PAMPs, DAMPs, and protein aggregates
Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Use of the immune system's bare essentials for identification of T cell targets

American Association of Veterinary Immunologists (AAVI) and AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee Joint Symposium: Vaccines for the Modern Era: Implications for Human and Animal Health
Saturday, May 3, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 320
Chairs:
Laurel J. Gershwin, University of California, Davis
Carol G. Chitko-McKown, Genetics, Breeding, and Animal Health Research Unit,
ARS, USDA
Speakers:
Mark K. Slifka, Oregon Health and Science University, Hydrogen peroxide-based vaccines: a new approach to an old problem
Tilahun Yilma, University of California, Davis, Strategies for enhancing the safety and efficacy of recombinant vaccines
Ronald D. Schultz, University of Wisconsin, Immunologic memory: what to expect from different types of vaccines!
Anna P. Durbin, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dengue vaccines: from animal models to human challenge

American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Symposium: Exploiting Immune Responses to Cytomegalovirus Infection after Transplantation
Saturday, May 3, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 305
Chairs:
Jeffrey S. Miller, University of Minnesota
Helen E. Heslop, Baylor College of Medicine
Speakers:
Jeffrey S. Miller, University of Minnesota, Human NK cell memory responses shaped by CMV reactivation
William J. Murphy, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Differential effects of murine NK cell licensing in mediating MCMV resistance and modulating T cell responses
Helen E. Heslop, Baylor College of Medicine, Targeting CMV with multivirus-specific or third party CTLs
Karl Peggs, University College London Cancer Institute, CMV-specific T cell therapies: from proof of concept to standard of care?

American Society of Transplantation (AST) Symposium: New Paradigms in T Cell Biology and Transplant Immunity
Monday, May 5, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 303/304
Chairs:
Geetha Chalasani, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Heth R. Turnquist, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Speakers:
Fadi G. Lakkis, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Migration of effector and memory T cells into the transplant
Jordan S. Pober, Yale University, Endothelial cells as antigen presenting cells and regulators of effector T cell transplant infiltration
Qizhi Tang, University of California, San Francisco, Therapeutic applications of Tregs in transplantation
Daniel J. Campbell, Benaroya Research Institute, Roles for Th1 and Th2 "master regulator" transcription factors in regulatory T cells

Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) Symposium: Transcriptional Regulation of Hematopoiesis
Saturday, May 3, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 321
Chairs:
Michele K. Anderson, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto
Rodney P. DeKoter, Western University, London, Ontario
Speakers:
R. Keith Humphries, Terry Fox Laboratory, Vancouver, The good and bad side of transcription factors in hematopoiesis: Meis1 as a case study
Trang Hoang, IRIC, Montreal, Oncogenic transcription factors, from hematopoietic stem cells to acute leukemias
Rodney P. DeKoter, Western University, London, Ontario, Complementary roles of PU.1 and Spi-B at the pro-B to pre-B cell transition
Michele K. Anderson, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Regulation of gamma-delta T cell development and programming by HEB transcription factors
Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Requirements for GATA-3 at the initiation of the T-lineage development program in response to Notch signals

Chinese Society of Immunology (ChSI) Symposium: Cancer Immunotherapy Targeting Chronic Inflammation and Immunosuppression
Sunday, May 4, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 319
Chairs:
Xuetao Cao, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing
Olivera J. Finn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Speakers:
Xuetao Cao, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, Overview of tumor immunology and immunotherapy in China
Limin Zheng, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Macrophage plasticity in distinct microenvironments of human tumor
Xiyun Yan, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, Targeting CD146 for cancer immunotherapy
Bo Huang, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, Macroparticles in cancer immunotherapy
Taoyong Chen, National Key Laboratory of Medical Immunology and Institute of Immunology, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, New adjuvant and delivery system in cancer immunotherapy

German Society for Immunology (DGfI) Symposium: Thymic Development and Tolerance
Monday, May 5, 3:45 PM– 5:45 PM, Room 315/316
Chairs:
Jürgen Wienands, University of Göttingen
Dieter Kabelitz, University of Kiel
Cartsen Watzl, Leibniz Research Center, Dortmund
Speakers:
Hans-Martin Jäck, University of Erlangen, Immunology in Germany
Thomas Boehm, MPI for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Evolution of the thymus
Ludger Klein, University of Munich, Functional adaptation of thymic stromal cells for tolerance induction
Bruno Kyewski, German Cancer Research Institute (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Generating intra-thymic self-antigen diversity for central tolerance
Vera Martins, University of Ulm, Cell competition in T cell progenitors
Hans-Reimer Rodewald, German Cancer Research Institute (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Thymus as a source of T cell leukemia

International Complement Society (ICS) Symposium: Frontiers in Complement Research: Immunity, Autoimmunity, and Cellular Homeostasis
Sunday, May 4, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 315/316
Chairs:
V. Michael Holers, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver
Viviana Ferreira, University of Toledo
Speakers:
Wenchao Song, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Complement, inflammation, and the synergistic intersection of innate immune pathways
Marina Botto, Imperial College London, Complement in humoral immunity and autoimmunity
Piet Gros, Utrecht University, Elucidating mechanisms of complement function from structural biology
Daniel Ricklin, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Regulation of cellular proliferation by complement: roles in cancer and transplantation biology
Andrea J. Tenner, University of California, Irvine, Novel functions of complement proteins and pathway activation in neurological disorders

Japanese Society for Immunology (JSI) Symposium: Highlights of Immunology in Japan: JSI Awardees' Symposium
Monday, May 5, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 317/318
Chairs:
Ichiro Taniuchi, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
Yasunobu Miyake, Kyushu University
Speakers:
Ichiro Taniuchi, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Transcriptional control of helper/cytotoxic lineage choice in the thymus
Takashi Sekiya, Keio University, Roles of the nuclear orphan receptor Nr4a in CD4+ T cell development and functions
Keiji Hirota, Osaka University, T cell-dependent IgA responses by plastic Th17 cells
Yasunobu Miyake, Kyushu University, Mycobacterial recognition by C-type lectin receptors
Hideyuki Yanai, University of Tokyo, Role of HMGB1 in inflammatory diseases and nucleic acid-mediated immune responses

Korean Association of Immunologists (KAI) and Association of Korean Immunologists in America (AKIA) Symposium: Regulation of Host Immunity by Immune Cell Receptors and Effectors
Saturday, May 3, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Room 305
Chairs:
Charles D. Surh, Institute for Basic Science, Korea
Mi-La Cho, Catholic University of Korea
Speakers:
Jae U. Jung, University of Southern California, Host and pathogen standoff: host intracellular pattern recognition receptors vs. viral immune modulators
Yong-Soo Bae, Sungkyunkwan University, Positive and negative regulatory factors epigenetically expressed during dendritic cell development control the immunogenicity of dendritic cells
Sungjin Kim, Michigan State University, Memory-like NK cells with potent Fc receptor function and broad-spectrum antiviral activity
Mi-La Cho, Catholic University of Korea, STAT3 licenses AP-1 family to drive Th17 cell differentiation in autoimmune diseases
Hyun Park, NCI, NIH, IL-7 receptor as a new target for immune intervention in inflammation and autoimmunity

Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Symposium: Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy: From Basic Science to Clinical Application
Monday, May 5, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 317/318
Chairs:
Thomas F. Gajewski, University of Chicago
Lisa H. Butterfield, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Speakers:
Robert H. Vonderheide, University of Pennsylvania, Novel mechanisms of anti-CD40 activity
Nicholas P. Restifo, NCI, NIH, Adoptive T cell therapy: from biology to practice
Suzanne L. Topalian, Johns Hopkins University, Targeting the PD-L1/PD-1 axis for cancer immunotherapy
F. Stephen Hodi, Jr., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Anti-CTLA-4 mAb: new directions and combinations

Society of Mucosal Immunology (SMI) Symposium: The Leo Lefrançois Memorial Symposium on T Cell Memory and Protection from Infection
Monday, May 5, 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 317/318
Chairs:
Joanne L. Viney, Biogen Idec
Stephen M. Hedrick, University of California, San Diego
Speakers:
David Masopust, University of Minnesota, The study of memory T cells that reside within the respiratory, intestinal, and reproductive mucosa
Vaiva Vezys, University of Minnesota, Induction and maintenance of tolerance to intestinal proteins
Kimberly D. Klonowski, University of Georgia, Environmental cues regulating memory CD8+ T cell immunity in the respiratory tract
Kamal M. Khanna, University of Connecticut Health Center, Imaging the onset of primary and secondary immune responses to viral and bacterial infection
Kimberly S. Schluns, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Regulation of IL-15 by inflammatory signals
Michael J. Bevan, University of Washington, In honor of Leo Lefrançois: advances in our understanding of T cell memory and protection from infection

Society for Natural Immunity (SNI) Symposium: Current Developments in NK Cell Research
Saturday, May 3, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 305
Chairs:
Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Karolinska Institutet
Chiara Romagnani, German Rheumatism Research Center
Speakers:
Chiara Romagnani, German Rheumatism Research Center, Phenotypic and functional characterization of human NK cell subsets
André Veillette, Institut de Recherches Cliniques De Montréal, Regulation of NK cell activation by SAP family adaptors and SLAM family receptors
Yenan T. Bryceson, Karolinska Institutet and University of Bergen, CMV drives methylation-dependent epigenetic reprogramming of NK cells
Taku Kambayashi, University of Pennsylvania, Proximal signaling events that dictate NK cell tolerance and education
Monika Braun, Karolinska Institutet, Mechanisms of NK cell activation following human hantavirus infection

The Obesity Society (TOS) Symposium: Unresolved, Chronic Inflammation as a Mediator of Diverse Disease Risks in Insulin-Resistant Obesity
Saturday, May 3, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 319
Chairs:
Gerald V. Denis, Boston University School of Medicine
Jennifer Snyder-Cappione, Boston University Medical Center
Speakers:
Irving L. M. H. Aye, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Maternal obesity, placental inflammation, and fetal growth
Clara Westwell-Roper, University of British Columbia, Aggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide as a trigger for islet inflammation in type 2 diabetes
Harold S. Sacks, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Epicardial adipose tissue as a putative contributor to coronary atherogenesis
Suneil Koliwad, University of California, San Francisco, Microglia as fatty acid sensors in the control of hypothalamic inflammation and metabolic function

Career Development Sessions

Through workshops, roundtables, networking opportunities, and one-on-one counseling, IMMUNOLOGY 2014™ provides critical career development programs.

Career sessions and services this year include:

  • Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
  • Careers in Science and Networking Roundtables (2)
  • How to Convert Your CV into a Resumé (followed by one-on-one counseling)
  • Interviewing for a Job
  • New Member Reception
  • Publishing Your Scientific Work: Tips on Writing, Responding to Reviewers, and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls
  • Secrets for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship

AAI is also offering an online and onsite Jobs Board free to meeting registrants and exhibitors.


Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking
Saturday, May 3, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Room 317/318
Chair:
Nandita Bose, Biothera
Panelists:
Elizabeth L. Bachert, Senior Director, Worldwide Business Development, Pfizer
Jane Grogan, Senior Scientist, Genentech
James Huleatt, Deputy Director, Global Clinical Immunology, Sanofi Pasteur
Thomas MacAllister, Chief Development Officer, Besins Healthcare
Jeffrey Rossio, Director, R&D, Immunoassay Development, Life Technologies Corporation

Many opportunities exist in industry for a scientist with advanced degrees. There are positions in laboratory research, program management, business development, regulatory affairs and clinical trials oversight, medical liaison, and more. This panel features scientists employed in a variety of positions in industry who will share their career paths and highlight the skills required to succeed in these careers. Following the panel discussion, enjoy casual conversation with the speakers and other industry connections at a networking reception.


Careers in Science Roundtable
Sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women
Sunday, May 4, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Room 408/409/410
Chair:
Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; Chair, AAI Committee
on the Status of Women

Registration Fee: $20 (Lunch included.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Research Careers in Academia
    • Graduate Student to Postdoc: finding a postdoc, interviewing
      Table Leaders: Carol F. Webb, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Michelle A. Parent, University of Delaware
    • Postdoc to PI: finding a position, interviewing, negotiating, lab start-up
      Table Leaders: Deborah M. Brown, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Shabaana A. Khader, Washington University
    • New PI: attracting students and postdocs, preparing for tenure
      Table Leaders: Akiko Iwasaki, HHMI, Yale School of Medicine; Robin Stephens, University of Texas Medical Branch
    • Undergraduate Institutions:finding the balance in teaching, doing research
      Table Leaders: Paula Lutz, University of Wyoming; Laurie Shornick, St. Louis University
    • Mentoring Effectively
      Table Leaders: Gail A. Bishop, University of Iowa; Laura Haynes, University of Connecticut Health Center; Janice S. Blum, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • How to Build a Network
    Table Leaders:Sarah L. Gaffen, University of Pittsburgh; Paula M. Oliver, University of Pennsylvania
  • Career and Family: time management/family leave/professional couples
    Table Leaders: Susan Kovats, Oklahoma Research Foundation; Carolina B. Lopez, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Lisa K. Denzin, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Careers in Biotech and Industry: moving from academia to industry and vice versa
    Table Leaders: Jane Grogan, Genentech; Mandy J. McGeachy, University of Pittsburgh; Theresa Schaub, eBioscience, an Affymetrix company; Theresa J. Goletz, Amgen
  • Research Careers at Governmental Agencies (FDA/NIH/USDA/CDC)
    Table Leaders: Carol H. Pontzer, NCCAM, NIH; David H. Margulies, NIAID, NIH
  • NIH Study Section Insights
    Table Leaders: Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute; Virginia Shapiro, Mayo Clinic
  • The Physician Scientist: balancing clinical and research duties
    Table Leaders: Penelope A. Morel, University of Pittsburgh; Robert L. Ferris, University of Pittsburgh
  • Research from the M.D., Ph.D. Perspective
    Table Leaders: Mary Beth Humphrey, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center; Wayne M. Yokoyama, HHMI, Washington University School of Medicine;
  • Non-Research Careers for Scientists: careers in scientific journals, public policy, non-profits
    Table Leaders: Mary T. Litzinger, American Association of Immunologists; Elizabeth R.Walsh, American Association of Immunologists (Two Ph.D. immunologists serving the AAI as Manager of Educational and Career Development Programs and Science Liaison respectively)

At this always 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. New topics this year offer insights into NIH Study Sections and considerations for scientists in M.D.-Ph.D. careers. Choose from these and the 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!


Careers Roundtable and (NEW!) Speed Networking Session
Sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee
Saturday, May 3, 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM, Room 408/409/410
Chair:
Adriana Larregina, University of Pittsburgh; Chair, AAI Minority Affairs Committee

Registration Fee: $20 (Includes lunch; coffee/cookies during networking hour.)

Discussion topics and table leaders:

  • Grad Student: finding a mentor; taking aim at postdoc training
    Table Leaders: Santiago Partida-Sánchez, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Eduardo Davila, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center; Maria-Luisa Alegre, University of Chicago; Tonya J. Webb, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Postdoc: finding a mentor; taking aim at a faculty position
    Table Leaders: Robert J. Binder, University of Pittsburgh; Avery August, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; Joseph Larkin, University of Florida
  • Junior Faculty: preparing for promotion and tenure
    Table Leaders: Adriana T. Larregina, University of Pittsburgh; ; José R. Conejo-Garcia,
    Wistar Institute; Prosper Boyaka, Ohio State University
  • Academia or Industry: how to decide (or switch sides)
    Table Leaders: Jonathan A. Deane, GNF/Novartis; Karel Otero Gutierrez, Biogen Idec; David A. Hokey, Aeras; Homero Sepulveda, BD Biosciences
  • Government Agency Careers: CDC, FDA, NIH
    Table Leaders: Cherié L. Butts, Biogen Idec; Marta Catalfamo, NIAID, NIH
  • Non-Research Careers: scientific media relations, scientific journals
    Table Leaders: Anita Srikameswaran, M.D., Senior Manager, Media Relations (basic/translational biomedical research), University of Pittsburgh; Kaylene Kenyon, Ph.D., Publication Director, AAI

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.


How to Convert Your CV into a Resumé
Saturday, May 3, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 319
Chair:
Mary Litzinger, AAI
Speaker:
Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Services, The George Washington University
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For anyone seeking a job outside of academe, how you present yourself on paper is critical. A well prepared resumé can make all the difference in securing that interview. The focus of this session will be on the important elements of a resumé, the differences between a resumé and the standard academic curriculum vitae, and the information needed to make a good impression. In this special career development session, attendees will be instructed in how to transform their CVs into professional resumés.

Small breakout sessions for individual consulting will follow from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Bring your CV!


Interviewing for a Job
Sunday, May 4, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Room 411
Chair:
Mary Litzinger, AAI
Speaker:
Derek Haseltine, Director, Career Services, The George Washington University

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.


New Member Reception
Sponsored by the AAI Membership Committee
Friday, May 2, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM, Room 301/302
Chair:
Judith Owen, Haverford College; Chair, AAI Membership Committee

AAI wishes to welcome new Regular and Associate members joining AAI for the first time. AAI President Marc Jenkins and other AAI leaders look forward to meeting you personally. Please join us with your invitation in hand for light refreshments and casual conversation. Event by invitation only.


Publishing Your Scientific Work: Tips on Writing, Responding to Reviewers, and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls
Sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee
Sunday, May 4, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Room 305
Chairs:
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington University School of Medicine
Pamela J. Fink, University of Washington School of Medicine
Speakers:
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington University School of Medicine,
Writing a scientific manuscript: How should I tell my story and to whom should I tell it?
Kristin A. Hogquist, University of Minnesota, Responding to reviewers:
What you want to say and what you should say
Pamela J. Fink, University of Washington School of Medicine,
If it feels wrong, it probably is

Your data may be good and your findings may be significant, but your manuscript will navigate peer review more smoothly if you present your findings well. What steps can an author take to improve data presentation? What is considered an inappropriate, even unethical, presentation of data? What will make the manuscript easier for the reviewer to read and evaluate? How can the author best respond to reviewers? With ample time for questions and answers at the end of the session, experienced editors will address these and other questions about scientific publishing in this session sponsored by the AAI Publications Committee.


Secrets for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship
Sunday, May 4, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Room 411
Chair:
Mary Litzinger, AAI
Speakers:
Darlene F. Zellers, Director, Office of Academic Career Development,
Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Steven K. Wendell, Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Development, Office of Academic
Career Development, Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

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 & Awards Presentations
Saturday, May 3, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Room 321

This session will include the annual report to AAI members on AAI and The Journal of Immunology business affairs and will feature special 2014 AAI award presentations and acknowledgments. Refreshments will be provided.

Presentations and acknowledgments will include:

  • AAI Distinguished Service Awards
  • AAI-Life Technologies Trainee Achievement Awards
  • Lefrançois-BioLegend Memorial Award
  • Chambers-eBioscience Memorial Award
  • Lustgarten-eBioscience Memorial Award
  • Pfizer-Showell Travel Award
  • AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grants
  • AAI Undergraduate Faculty Travel Grants
  • AAI Laboratory Travel Grants
  • AAI Minority Scientist Travel Awards
  • AAI Trainee Abstract Awards
  • AAI Trainee Poster Awards
Block Symposia & Poster Sessions

Block Symposia - Selected abstracts are programmed into oral sessions called Block Symposia. Each Block Symposium comprises up to eight selected abstracts. For this annual meeting, 74 Block Symposia are programmed.

View IMMUNOLOGY 2014™ Block Symposium Schedule

Poster Sessions - The most interactive part of the meeting! Discuss data and research issues firsthand with authors at the Poster Sessions. Posters will be displayed on the one day they are assigned for presentation, Saturday through Monday, in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Exhibit Halls.

DEDICATED DAILY POSTER PRESENTATION TIME FROM 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM, SATURDAY – MONDAY. No concurrent symposia, presentations, or other sessions will be held during the designated poster presentation time.

View IMMUNOLOGY 2014™ Poster Session Schedule

Social Events
New Member Reception (By invitation only)
Sponsored by the AAI Membership Committee
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Friday, May 2
Room 301/302

AAI wishes to welcome new Regular and Associate members joining AAI for the first time. AAI President Marc Jenkins and other AAI leaders look forward to meeting you personally. Please join us with your invitation in hand for light refreshments and casual conversation.
IMMUNOLOGY 2014™ Opening Night Welcome Reception
IMMUNOLOGY 2014™ Opening Night Welcome Reception Generously sponsored by eBioscience, an Affymetrix company
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday, May 2
Rooftop Terrace
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Come directly from the President's Address to the Opening Night Welcome Reception on the convention center terraces overlooking the Allegheny River and the Pittsburgh skyline. Seek out old friends and make new acquaintances with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and music recalling the rich jazz legacy of Pittsburgh. The reception is generously supported by eBioscience to welcome you and wish you a pleasurable, productive week.
25th Anniversary Celebration of AAI Public Affairs featuring The Capitol Steps
 25th Anniversary of AAI Public Affairs featuring The Capitol Steps 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 3
Room 413/414/415
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Join us for a riotously entertaining musical performance by the political satire group, The Capitol Steps, preceded by a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the AAI Public Affairs Program. Come help AAI honor current and past members of the Committee on Public Affairs and attend the uproariously funny performance by the group who "put the MOCK in democracy." This once-in-a quarter-century event is open to all attendees, but space is limited and tickets are required (available when registering for the meeting here).
The Journal of Immunology (The JI) Editorial Board Dinner and Meeting (By invitation only)
Sponsored by Dartmouth Journal Services
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 3

This working dinner is held each year at the annual meeting to provide the Editorial Board members the valuable opportunity to meet in person to discuss items of interest and concern about The JI.
President's Service Appreciation Reception (By invitation only)
Generously sponsored by BioLegend
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday, May 4

At this important event, AAI leadership honors the association's dedicated member volunteers–the committee members, editors, mentors, instructors, 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 to 2013-2014 AAI volunteers.
IMMUNOLOGY 2014™ Gala
Generously sponsored by BioLegend
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Monday, May 5
The Senator John Heinz History Center
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At the Heinz History Center, you will be treated not only to a taste of Pittsburgh at a festive reception but also to an immersion in stories of world-altering innovations tracing their origins to the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania region—among them, Jonas Salk's polio vaccine; George Westinghouse's alternating current; new jazz styles (Bill Strayhorn, George Benson, et al); the Ferris Wheel; the first wire-cabled suspension bridge; the first commercial radio station; the Big Mac; Klondike bars; and much more. You'll enjoy music, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres as you explore the exhibits throughout the century-old Chautauqua Lake Ice Company Building, an exhibit in itself.
Exhibit Hall & Exhibitor Workshops

Click here to view the list of Exhibitors with company descriptions and products at IMMUNOLOGY 2014™.

Exhibitor Workshops - Be sure to take advantage of the knowledge-building opportunities presented in Exhibitor Workshops. Located on the Exhibit Floor, these workshops explore companies' latest technologies, products, and services through demonstrations and discussions.

Workshops are planned and conducted by exhibitors; the listing of these workshops does not constitute endorsement of any products or services by AAI.

Promotional Videos - Be sure to catch the promotional videos of exhibitors' new products. Videos will run on a monitor prominently displayed in the Convention Center.

Promotional videos are planned and created by exhibitors; the listing of these videos does not constitute endorsement of any products or services by AAI.

Exhibit Hall Passport Program – Fill out your Exhibit Hall Passport for a chance to win one of three $250 American Express gift cards! Entries must be received by Monday, May 5, at 2:00 PM! The drawing will be held during the Poster Presentations on Monday, May 5 from 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM. You'll find your Passport in your meeting bag or you may pick one up at the AAI Booth.

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