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KeyNote Speaker
David Artis, PhD
Michael Kors Professor of Immunology; Director, Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University; Joan and Sanford J. Weill Department of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Regulation of Barrier Immunity

Distinguished speakers, Thursday, October 4, 2018
Sarah Gaffen, PhD, Gerald P. Rodnan Professor, Dept. of Medicine
The Edge of (IL-) Seventeen
Distinguished speakers
Saikat Majumder, PhD, Postdoc poster winner 2017 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Medicine, McGeachy Lab
Distinguished speakers
Rachel Gottschalk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Context-Specific Tuning of Macrophage Signalinga nd Inflammatory Thresholds
Distinguished speakers
Maninjay Atianand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
RNA Regulatory Circuits in Innate Immunity
Distinguished speakers
Amanda Poholek, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Immunology
New Functions for Blimp-1 in Allergic Lung Disease
Distinguished Speakers, Friday, October 5, 2018
Walter Storkus, PhD, Professor, Depts. of Dermatology and Immunology
Therapy-Induced Tumor-Associated Lymphoid Structures
Distinguished Speakers
Fadi Lakkis, MD, Professor, Depts. of Surgery, Immunology and Medicine
Innate Allorecognition
Distinguished Speakers
TBD, Oral Presentation from Selected Abstracts
Distinguished Speakers
Nikita Trivedi, Grad Student (YR4+) poster winner 2017 - Graduate Student, Dept. of Immunology, Shlomchik Lab
Distinguished Speakers
John Alcorn, PhD, Associate Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Immunology
Immune Dysfunction During Influenza/Bacterial Super-Infection

Poster Sessions


  • TIMELINE - Abstracts are due by Sept. 1, 2018.
  • ELIGIBILITY - Graduate students, postdocs, clinical fellows (or equivalent), and technicians.
  • FORMAT - Abstracts should not exceed 300 words in length. This does not include the title, authors, or funding source (optional). There should be no figures within the abstract.
  • SCORING - The Retreat Organizing Committee will select one abstract for oral presentation (15 minutes) at the 2018 Retreat.


*NOTE:  This year poster presentations are limited to 3 minute 'elevator' pitches which should answer: What is the questions? What did you do to answer it? What does your result mean or tell us about the question?

Posters will be judged at the event based on the quality of the Subject Matter, Presentation and Poster Display. First place posters in the Graduate Student (YR4+) and Postdoc/Research Associate categories will be invited to present at the 2019 Retreat.

Poster sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday mornings, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. Posters will be assigned numbers, with the odd numbers presenting on Thursday morning and the even numbers presenting in the Friday 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' x 4'. Poster boards with pins and numbers will be provided.

DEADLINE: The completed abstract submission form and abstract must be sent to Roberta Erickson ( by Friday, September 1.