Special Interest Group Satellites (SIGs)

Member led Special Interest Group Satellites are programmed by members for members.  With the support of SLB, these sessions will add to the value of 2019 attendance and provide extended learning opportunities. Consider hosting your own SIG and contact us for availability. There is a $20 USD fee for attending the SIGs. Sign-up and secure your spot during the main registration process. Main conference registration is required to join for the SIGs. Review all 8 options below. There is one full day option, 3 morning sessions and 4 afternoon sessions.


November 15, 2019

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alcohol & Tissue-Specific Immunity (AIRIG)
Chairs:Elizabeth J. Kovacs, University of Colorado, Denver & Mashkoor A. Choudhry, Loyola University, Chicago

  • Biomarkers and Novel Pathways Involved in the Development of Alcoholic Liver Disease, Vasilis Vasiliou, Yale University
  • Ceramides as Regulators of Insulin Resistance and Lipophagy in Alcoholic Liver Disease, Rotonya Carr, University of Pennsylvania
  • Exploring the Role of Regulatory T cells in a Model of Ethanol-Accelerated Liver Fibrosis, Rebecca McCullough, University of Colorado Denver
  • Alcohol Exposure Differentially Alters Intestinal Barrier Integrity, Liver Inflammation and Fecal Microbiome Composition in Young and Aged Mice, Rachel McMahan, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Transcriptional and Epigenetic mechanisms Underlying Heightened Pro-inflammatory Responses of Monocytes with Chronic Heavy Alcohol Consumption, Sloan Lewis, University of California, Irvine
  • MicroRNA Expression Profile of Intestinal Epithelial Cells Following Alcohol and Burn Injury, Caroline Herrnreiter, Loyola University Chicago
  • Blood and Urine Biomarkers for Identifying Alcohol Misuse in Trauma Patients, Majid Afshar, Loyola University Chicago
  • Neuroimmune Mechanisms of Alcoholic Neurodegeneration and Negative Affect, Leon G. Coleman, Jr., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Alcohol Misuse and HIV Infection: Viral and Immune Factors Influencing Transmission and Disease Progression, Angela Martin Amedee, LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans
  • Chronic Alcohol Exposure Decreases Expression of Tight Junction Proteins and Impairs Lung Barrier Function, Niya Morris, Emory University
  • Abnormal Eating Pattern Promotes Alcohol-induced Colon Carcinogenesis via Dysbiosis and Colonic Inflammation, Faraz Bishehsari, Rush University
  • Funding and Training Opportunities, H. Joe Wang, NIAAA

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Immunomodulatory Cell Death

Chairs: Ben A. Croker, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Kristopher Sarosiek, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Effector Functions of Neutrophil Necroptosis, Ben A. Croker, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Necroptosis Minus Cell Death Equals Antiviral Immunity in the Brain, Andrew Oberst, University of Washington
  • Enhancing Anti-cancer Immune Responses by Modulating Tumor Cell Death, Kristopher Sarosiek, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • New Insights into Non-canonical Inflammasome Signaling and Functions in Host Defense, Kate Schroder, The University of Queensland
  • Identification of Novel Regulators of Autophagy that Promote Cell Death, Eric Baehrecke, University of Massachusetts Medical School


Progress in CRISPR-Cas Biology and Gene Editing
Chair: Min Wu, University of North Dakota

  • How the Unique Structures of CRISPR-Cas Facilitate the Gene Editing, Zhiwei Huang, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • How Many Applications Can the CRISPR Biotechnology Bring?, Samira Kiani, Arizona State University
  • The Expanding CRISPR Universe, Eugene Koonin, NIH
  • Structure and Function for CRISPR-Cas Research: The Recent Highlights, Ailong Ke, Cornell
  • Can We Find or Reinvent the Best CRISPR-Cas for Gene Editing?, Min Wu, University of North Dakota


Resolution of Inflammation
Chairs: Charles N Serhan and Stephania Libreros, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Novel Mediators of Inflammation Resolution and Tissue Regeneration, Charles N Serhan, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Lipid Mediators at the Interface of Resolution of Inflammation and Tissue Repair, Matthew Spite, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Cannabinoid Agonist Activation of Pro-resolving Lipid Mediators in Humans, Barbara White, Corbus Pharmaceutics
  • Resolvin D1 Enhances Necroptotic Cell Clearance, Gabrielle Fredman, Albany Medical College
  • Lipid Mediators of Neutrophil Swarming, Daniel Irimia, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Immune Regulation, Autoimmunity and Infection
Chairs: Rachel Caspi, NIH, WanJun Chen, NIH

  • Treatment and Cure Strategies for WHIM Syndrome Immunodeficiency, Philip Murphy, NIAID, NIH
  • How TLR9 Signaling Shapes the Survival, Differentiation and the Metabolism of B Cells, Munir Akkaya, NIAID, NIH
  • Human FCRL3 Binds Secretory IgA, an Essential Component of Mucosal Immunity, and Restrains Regulatory T Cell Activity, Mate Tolnay, CDER, FDA
  • Modeling Neurotropic Viruses in Immunocompetent Mice: What Have We Learned So Far, Daniela Verthelyi, FDA
  • Th17 Effector Regulation in Ocular Inflammatory Disease, Rachel Caspi, NEI, NIH
  • Tregs Orchestrate Antigen Specific Suppression via Stripping Cognate Peptide-MHCII from the DC Surface, Billur Akkaya, NIAID, NIH
  • D-mannose Induces Regulatory T cells and Suppresses Autoimmunity and Inflammation, WanJun Chen, NIDCR, NIH


Advanced Imaging Approaches to Visualize Immune Cell Behavior
Chairs: Margarida Barroso, Albany Medical College, Sergio Catz, The Scripps Research Institute

Sponsored by the Histochemical Society

  • Application of Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence and Super Resolution Microscopy to the Study of Neutrophil Function, Sergio Catz, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Fluorescence Lifetime and FRET Based Approaches to Visualize Immune Cell Function, Margarida Barroso, Albany Medical College
  • Pushing the Limits of Superresolution: SuperSTORM, Klaus Ley, La Jolla Institute for Immunology
  • Technical Approaches to Study Phagosome Formation and Maturation: Use of Filamentous Particles, Mauricio Terebiznik, University of Toronto
  • Broadening the Reach of Intravital Imaging through Surgical Engineering, David Entenberg, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Impact of Aging on Tissue Resident Immune Cells
Chair: Rebecca Fuldner, NIA, NIH

  • Skin-resident T Cell Responses to VZV Infection and Vaccination, David Koelle, University of Washington
  • Aging-Related Changes in CD4 T and B cell Subsets and More Stringent Requirements for their Differentiation into Tissue Resident Effectors and Memory, Susan Swain, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Adipose Tissue Resident Leukocytes in Aging and Inflammation, Vishwa Deep Dixit, Yale University
  • Exploring the Impact of Inflammaging on Immune Function During M. tb Infection, Joanne Turner, Texas Biomedical Research Institute
  • Adipose Tissue Resident B cells in Aging and Autoimmunity, Daniela Frasca, University of Miami


Global Science: Focus on Advancements in Immunology Research
Chair: Luis Montaner, Wistar, JLB Editor-in-Chief

South Korea:

  • AITR Mediates the Polarization of CD4 T cells to Th1, Th2 and Th17, and Converts Treg to Th1 and Eradicates Solid Tumors, Byoung S. Kwon, Eutilex Co.
  • The Role of PTEN in Th17 Cell Differentiation, Gap Ryol Lee, Sogang University


  • FOXP3+Treg Functional Stability and their Clinical Applications, Bin Li, Shanghai JiaoTong University
  • Amino Acid Metabolites Modulate Cytokine Responses and Reprogram Macrophage Polarization, Xiaoyu Hu, Institute for Immunology, Tsinghua University


  • Mechanisms Controlling Innate Immune Responses to Nucleic Acids, Kensuke Miyake, The University of Tokyo
  • SATB1, A Nuclear Protein Necessary for Establishment of Immune Tolerance, Motonari Kondo, Toho University School of Medicine

South Africa & Malawi:

  • The Impact of HIV Infection on Treg Populations in the Placenta and Adverse Birth Outcomes, Clive Gray, University of Cape Town
  • The Impact of HIV Infection on Lung Immunity and Control of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection, Henry C Mwandumba, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme