SLB 2021 - Topical Sessions

Through July and August, 2 topical sessions will presented each week. Each 90 minute virtual session will feature invited talks and presentations from selected abstracts. Review the confirmed speakers and tentative topics below and check back for scheduling details.

Legacy Award Lecture

Sepsis, Chocolate, and Mitochondria in Trouble, Charles McCall, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Immunity Across the Life Span

  • Microglia, Microbes, and Neural Development, Staci Bilbo, Duke University
  • Immunometabolic Regulation of Inflammation, Emily Goldberg, UCSF
  • Microbe-mediated Regulation of Host NAD Metabolism and its Implication in Aging and Cancer, Xiaoling Li, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Understanding Protective Natural Killer Cell Responses, Catherine Blish, Stanford University

Tissue Resident Macrophages

  • Protective Role of Eosinophils in Hepatic Ischemia Reperfusion Injury, Cynthia Ju, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas
  • Skin Resident Macrophage Actions in Health and Disease, Carlos Henrique Serezani, Vanderbilt University


  • Alarmin-mediated Control of Brain Infection, Tajie Harris, University of Virginia
  • The Microglia-lymphocyte Interface in Brain Development, Anna Molofsky, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
  • Viral-mediated Dysregulation of Lipoprotein Metabolism in the Brain, Amanda Brown, Johns Hopkins

Transplant Immunology

  • Fueling the Revolution: Targeting Metabolism to Enhance Cancer Immunotherapy, J.D. Powell, Johns Hopkins University

Intestinal Immunity

  • Neutrophils Mold Tissue Metabolism During Active Mucosal Inflammation, Sean Colgan, University of Colorado
  • The Unexpected Role of Granzyme B in CD4+ T Cell Differentiation and its Impact in Intestinal Pathogenicity, Danyvid Olivares-Villagomez, Vanderbilt University


  • Myeloid-derived Suppressor Cells in Regulation of Tumor Progression, Dmitry Gabrilovich, AstraZeneca
  • Neutrophils and Their Contribution to Cancer Metastasis, Leah Cook, University of Nebraska
  • Title TBA, Jae Jung, USC

Context Dependent Immune Adaptation

  • Immune Adaption in Sepsis Survivors: New Endotypes and New Approaches, Lyle Moldawer, Uni. of Florida
  • B Cell Dynamics During Neurotropic Coronavirus Infection, Cornelia Bergmann, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine


  • Krebs Cycle Reborn in Macrophages, Luke O’Neil, Trinity College Dublin
  • Mitochondria Regulation of Immunity, Navdeep Chandel, Northwestern University
  • Metabolic Regulation of HIV-1 Replication and Reservoir Persistence, Harry Taylor, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Burying the Dead: Efferocytosis of Apoptotic Cells Reprograms Dendritic Cell Metabolism, Alexandra Medeiros, UNESP

COVID 19: Adaptive Immunity

  • Pathogenic Inflammation in COVID-19 Patients, Miriam Merad, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Immunotherapy of Sepsis and COVID – An Emerging Approach, Richard Hotchkiss, Washington University St. Louis

Targeting Metabolism, Non-cancer

  • The Impact of G6P Transporter SLC37A2-mediated Glucose Metabolism on Macrophage Inflammation and Atherosclerosis, Xuewei Zhu, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Gut Epithelial Metabolism as a Key Driver of Microbiota Imbalance Associated with Non-communicable Diseases, Mariana Byndloss, Vanderbilt University

Single Cell Analysis

  • Title TBA, Sean Bendall, Stanford University

Western Lifestyle: Metaflammation

  • Deconvoluting Macrophage Heterogeneity in the Pathogenesis of Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis, Joel Schilling, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Multifaceted Action of Macrophages in Diseases, Beiyan Zhou, UCONN Health
  • Diet, Lipids, and Anti-Tumor Immunity, Lydia Lynch, Harvard

Wild Card
  • Synergism Between IL-2 and IL-4 Drives Regulatory T Cell Function, Brain Cobb, Case Western Reserve University