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The American Association of Immunologists brings its educational and other programming to the West Coast

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American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting
Immunology 2019
May 9-13, 2019
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, Calif.
Show Preview: Immunology 2019 heads to San Diego
The American Association of Immunologists brings its educational and other programming to the West Coast
SAN DIEGO—Last year, the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) went to Austin, Texas, for its annual meeting, and this year we go westward to Southern California—San Diego, specifically—for Immunology 2019, which will take place May 9-13 at the San Diego Convention Center.
There is a plethora of programming, from the educational (the focus of most professional society annual meetings, naturally) to the social to the business side. For the extensive educational offerings, we would point you to the annual meeting website at for details on what the programming currently looks like. (And, of course, some details could change between now and the actual meeting.)
But to give you a little taste of what’s to come in San Diego, we have the DDNews show preview of Immunology 2019.
One of the highlights is the annual AAI President’s Program, including the president’s address itself, which this year features Joanne L. Flynn of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the 2018-2019 AAI president, giving a talk titled “At the interface of microbiology and immunology” on May 9 at 5 p.m. The president also leaves her mark on the meeting with the AAI President’s Symposium, titled “Interactions of pathogens with the immune system,” which will be held on May 12 at 12:30 p.m. Speakers for that are:
  • Philana Lin of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh: Tuberculosis: exceptions to every rule
  • Karen A. Norris of the University of Georgia: Immunity in the immunocompromised host
  • Robert Seder of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Intravenous vaccination as an approach for inducing protective tissue resident T cell responses against tuberculosis and malaria
  • Vanja Lazarevic of the National Cancer Institute: Transcriptional regulation of the inflammatory response.
Other notable speakers can be found presenting as part of the AAI Distinguished Lectures. On Friday, May 10, Andrea J. Tenner of the University of California, Irvine will present “Complement: primitive yet powerful—New discoveries in immunity and the nervous system.” The next day will see Bruce R. Blazar of the University of Minnesota present “Stem cell transplantation: Restoring immune balance.” And then on that Sunday, Gwendalyn J. Randolph of Washington University in St. Louis will give her lecture, “Clearance of molecules and cells from sites of inflammation.”
AAI Career Awards
During Immunology 2019, as with every annual meeting, the AAI gives out its Career Awards to honor individuals for outstanding research and career achievements. Among the most notable of these awards are the AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award, which recognizes an individual who has made exemplary research contributions to the field of B cell biology; the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award, which recognizes an example of someone who significantly influences trainees’ professional development and careers; the AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award, which recognizes a mid-career scientist for outstanding research contributions to the field of immunology; and the AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research, which recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the understanding of immune processes underlying human disease pathogenesis, prevention or therapy.
Here is the full list of 2019 AAI Career Award recipients:
  • AAI Lifetime Achievement Award: Pamela J. Fink, University of Washington
  • AAI Distinguished Service Award: Beth A. Garvy, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
  • AAI Distinguished Service Award: Clinton B. Mathias, Western New England University
  • AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research: Steven A. Rosenberg, National Cancer Institute
  • AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award: Kristin A. Hogquist, University of Minnesota Center for Immunology
  • AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award: Frederick W. Alt, HHMI, Boston Children's Hospital
  • AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award: Francisco J. Quintana, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award: Harvey Cantor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.
They will receive their awards at the meeting, and many of the recipients will be there to give lectures as well.
AAI Special Events
Annual meetings are also social events, as well as a place to receive new knowledge in the field and conduct official business of the society.
One event of Immunology 2019 is the New Member Reception, which is by invitation only and sponsored by the AAI Membership Committee. AAI welcomes new regular, associate and postdoctoral fellow members to meet each other at a relaxed gathering. Members of the AAI Membership Committee, AAI President JoAnne Flynn, fellow council members and chairs from many of the committees will join new members for casual conversation and light refreshments.
On Thursday, May 9, will be the Opening Night Networking Event. Immediately following the President’s Address, registrants are invited to toast old friends, make new connections, plan their week and enjoy a picturesque view of San Diego Bay.
On May 12 will be the Immunology 2019 Gala, sponsored by BioLegend and held at the USS Midway Museum, an iconic San Diego destination. On the flight deck, attendees can experience an array of restored naval aircraft, from the workhorse of Vietnam to helicopters that picked up Apollo space missions. On deck, a band will perform dance hits surrounded by the 360-degree panoramic view of the San Diego skyline. Below, on the hangar deck, World War II aircraft can be viewed, cockpits sat in, and flight simulators experienced.
Career Services
Immunology 2019 will also provide a wide range of sessions to support the career development of students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Meeting attendees are invited to attend workshops, roundtables and panel discussions to explore specific career topics and issues; network with experienced scientists to gain insight into their own career development; and consult with career experts one-on-one or in small groups for advice specific to their own situations and goals.
One of the career service offerings is the NIH Grant Review and Funding Information Room. NIH program and review staff will be available in the room for individual conversations and consultations. A schedule will be posted online and on site to show specific times staff members will be available to answer questions about the scientific review process, grant/fellowship opportunities and NIH institute-specific interests. Consultations will be available on a drop-in basis. No appointments are necessary.
In addition, AAI is sponsoring a virtual Jobs Board on the Immunology 2019 website. The Jobs Board service is free to all meeting registrants and exhibitors. Review the online AAI Jobs Board to identify positions that target attendees and reach recruiters directly, as job postings will include e-mail addresses for recruiters’ designated contacts.
There are also lecture-based Career Sessions at the meeting, including “How to Convert Your CV into a Résumé” by Derek Haseltine of the  Baylor College of Medicine; “Immunology Teaching Interest Group” sponsored by the AAI Education Committee and featuring a panel discussion and breakout sessions; the “Careers Roundtable and Speed Networking Session” sponsored by the AAI Minority Affairs Committee; “Careers in Biotech: Panel Discussion and Networking” sponsored by the AAI Education Committee; “Interviewing for a Job” by Haseltine; the “Careers in Science Roundtable” sponsored by the AAI Education Committee & AAI Committee on the Status of Women; “Secrets for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship” by Ryan Wheeler of the Scripps Research Institute; and “International Opportunities in Science” chaired by Winfried F. Pickl, of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria.
There’s more to review in this section aside from this article, but before we leave you to that, here's a peek a bit farther into the future. Looking forward, Immunology 2020 will go for an even more exotic locale, with Honolulu as the host city for the event, which is to be held May 6-12, 2020. Immunology 2021 and 2022 will be held in notable cities as well—Philadelphia and Portland, Ore., respectively.

About AAI
For over 100 years, AAI has been the world’s leading forum for researchers dedicated to advancing the field of immunology through the elucidation of the basic principles of immune function. AAI is dedicated to fostering the interchange of ideas and information among investigators, and addressing the translation of this information into clinical practice. AAI serves its nearly 8,000 members and the global community through its annual meeting, summer courses, awards and fellowship programs, career development opportunities, and the publication of The Journal of Immunology and ImmunoHorizons.

Major symposia
Friday, May 10
Major Symposium A
Interactions of Innate and Adaptive Immune Cells that Promote Autoimmunity
Friday, May 10
Major Symposium B
Extrinsic and Intrinsic Immune Aspects of the Tumor Microenvironment
Saturday, May 11
Major Symposium C
Acute and Chronic Inflammation
Saturday, May 11
Major Symposium D
Structural and Cellular Aspects of Innate Lymphocytes
Sunday, May 12
Major Symposium E
Mechanisms of Allergic Immunity
Sunday, May 12 
Major Symposium F
Functional Plasticity of Innate and Adaptive Immune Cells
Monday, May 13 
Major Symposium G
Immune Responses to Emerging Viral Infections
Monday, May 13
Major Symposium H
Regulating Immune Cell Metabolism to Regulate Immune Responses

NIH-sponsored symposia
Friday, May 10
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Symposium: Imaging Tissue-Specific Immunity
Chairs: Joseph J. Breen, NIAID & Deborah Fowell, University of Rochester
  • Deborah Fowell, University of Rochester: T cell navigation within inflamed skin
  • Garry Nolan, Stanford University: Immune pathology from the molecular scale on up
  • Rodrigo Gonzalez, Harvard University: Microscopy imaging of cellular immune responses in the nasal mucosa
  • Christopher Hunter, University of Pennsylvania: Host-pathogen interactions that leads to T cell priming
Saturday, May 11 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Symposium: The Missing Link: Our Environment and Immune Mediated Diseases
Chairs: Michael C. Humble, NIEHS & Celine Beamer, University of Montana
  • Celine Beamer, University of Montana: Involvement of ahR in thymic ILC function and regulation
  • Michael Laiosa, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Regulation of cellular energetics by the Aryl hydrocarbon receptor during hematopoiesis
  • Susan McKarns, University of Missouri, Columbia: Aryl hydrocarbon receptor on CD4+ T cell differentiation and autoimmune disease
Sunday, May 12 
National Institute on Aging (NIA) Symposium: Immune Metabolism, Inflammation and Aging
Chairs: Rebecca A. Fuldner, NIA & Cornelia Weyand, Stanford University
  • Cornelia Weyand, Stanford University: Metabolic fitness of T cells in aging and inflammation
  • Christina Camell, Yale University: Tissue resident macrophages drive adipose dysfunction during aging
  • Valter Longo, University of Southern California: Fasting mimicking diets, immunity and cancer
  • Alison Ringel, Harvard University: Immunomodulatory mechanisms in the tumor microenvironment
Monday, May 13 
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Symposium: Single Cell Deconstruction of Rheumatoid Synovium and Lupus Kidney by the RA/SLE Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) Network
Chairs: Jennifer Anolik, University of Rochester & Michael Brenner, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Jennifer Anolik, University of Rochester: AMP approach and what we have learned about RA synovial pathotypes
  • Soumya Raychaudhuri, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: The immune landscape in the RA synovium
  • Michael Brenner, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: The stromal cell landscape in the RA synovium from single cell analysis
  • Chaim Putterman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: New insights into renal resident cells from the AMP Lupus Nephritis cohort
  • Paul Hoover, Broad Institute: The immune cell landscape in lupus nephritis kidneys

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