Sponsor Acknowledgements

Thank you to the following vendors for their support and participation at this year's retreat: Adaptive Biotechnologies, BioLegend, BD Biosciences, Bio-Techne, Fisher Scientific, GENEWIZ, Miltenyi Biotec Inc., Shire, Stem Cell Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific - Life Sciences Solutions and VWR. Please visit their display tables at the retreat, which will be located in the Conference Registration Area (main level).

KeyNote Speaker
Yasmine Belkaid, PhD
Chief, Mucosal Immunology Section, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Distinguished speakers, Wednesday, Sept. 28
Lisa Butterfield, PhD, Professor, Depts. of Medicine, Surgery and Immunology; Director, UPCI Immunologic Monitoring and Cellular Products Laboratory
Targeting Shared Tumor Antigens for Cancer Immunotherapy
Distinguished speakers
William Klimstra, PhD, Associate Professor, Depts. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Immunology
Exploiting Alphavirus Replication and Host Interaction Features for Vaccine Vector Design
Distinguished speakers
Kelly Stefano Cole, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Immunology and Dept. of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health
Influenza Pathogenesis and Evaluation of Novel Therapeutics
Distinguished speakers
Nicole Scharping, Graduate Student, Dr. Greg Delgoffe's Laboratory, Dept. of Immunology
Metabolic Checkpoints in Tumor-Infiltrating T Cells: Implications for Immunotherapy
Distinguished speakers
Matthew Nicotra, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Surgery and Immunology
Histocompatibility without the MHC: The Hydractinia Allorecognition System
Distinguished speakers
Yasmine Belkaid, PhD, Chief, Mucosal Immunology Section, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Microbiota Control of Tissue Immunity
Distinguished Speakers, Thursday, Sept. 29
Binfeng Lu, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Immunology; Member, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Inflaming Tumor for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Distinguished Speakers
Rebecca Elsner, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Mark Shlomchik's Laboratory, Dept. of Immunology
Suppression of Germinal Center B Cell Responses During Salmonella Typhimurium Infection
Distinguished Speakers
Mandy McGeachy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Rheumatology
Regulators of Th17 Function
Distinguished Speakers
Heth Turnquist, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Surgery and Immunology
Mastering Cytokine Pleiotropy in Transplantation and Tissue Repair

Poster Sessions


Poster sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Sept. 28 and 29.  We would like to have as many labs represented as possible.  Participants must complete the attached form and return it to Roberta Erickson (ericksn@pitt.edu) by Wednesday, September 14.  Posters will be assigned numbers, with the odd numbers presenting on Wednesday morning and the even numbers presenting in the Thursday morning session.  Presenters are asked to please leave their posters up throughout both sessions.  They may be taken down at the conclusion of the retreat.

Dimensions of posters should not exceed 4'x4'.  Poster boards with pins and numbers will be provided.

The organizing committee hopes that you'll encourage your postdocs and students to participate ... and we look forward to a great day of science and socializing!