Program details

Our 46th Annual Meeting AIC2017 will be held 17-20 Nov 2017 at the Chicago JW Marriott and will be chaired by Dr. Virginia Smith Shapiro, Mayo Clinic.


Friday, 17 Nov. 2017

meet the speakers roundtable

For Trainees • 5:00 - 7:00 PM • Pre-registration required.

Award presentations

7:15 PM Recognition of AAI Young Investigator Awards, ANRF Travel Awards and John Wallace Fellows

Keynote address

7:30 - 8:30 PM • Dr. Ron Germain, NIH
"Imaging the Immune System - Visualizing how the Immune System Really Works"

Wine & cheese reception

Immediately following Keynote Address • 8:30 - 9:30 PM

Saturday, 18 Nov. 2017

Symposium I - Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy

Carl June, Chair • 8:30 AM - Noon

Dr. Carl June, University of Pennsylvania, "T cell Therapy for Cancer"
Dr. Chrystal Paulos, Medical University of South Carolina, " 'Juicing' T cells with small molecules to enhance long-lived memory responses to tumors"
Dr. Christopher Klebanoff, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,  " 'Insulating' adoptively transferred T cells from a hostile tumor environment"
Dr. Miriam Merad, Mt. Sinai, "Myeloid cell contribution to tumor outcome"

Lunchtime workshops

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Workshop– "Fighting cancer from multiple angles: Exploring RANK-RANKL, PD-L1 and cell depletion in the control of melanoma", sponsored by BioLegend (lunch included, registration required)

1:15 - 2:00 pm
"Advocating for Biomedical Research: How You Can Make a Difference", presented by Jacob Schumacher, Manager, Science Policy and Legislative Affairs, AAI

Afternoon Program I

Workshop Blocks 1-9, 2:00 – 4:15 PM
Poster Presentations I, 4:15 – 6:15 PM
Undergraduate Poster Presentations, 4:15 – 6:15 PM
Reception Concurrent with Poster Session I, 4:15 – 6:15 PM

Sunday, 19 Nov. 2017

Symposium II - Epigenetics and Immunity

Anjana Rao, Chair • 8:30 AM - Noon

Dr. Benjamin Youngblood, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, "Epigenetic Regulation of Memory T cell Differentiation and Exhaustion"
Dr. Ananda Goldrath, University of California San Diego, "Transcriptional regulation directing T cell differentiation"
Dr. Steve Smale, University of California Los Angeles, "Selective Regulation of Stimulus-Induced Transcription"
Dr. Anjana Rao, La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology, "Epigenetic and Transcriptional Programmes in T and B cells"

Lunchtime workshops

12:15 -1:15 PM
Workshop – "Applications of Immunosequencing in Infectious Disease, Vaccine and Immunotherapy Research", presented by Dr. Patrick Raber, Scientific Liaison, Adaptive Biotechnologies (lunch included, registration required)

Afternoon Program II

Workshop Blocks 10-20, 2:00 – 4:15 PM
Poster Presentations II, 4:15 – 6:15 PM
Reception Concurrent with Poster Session I, 4:15 – 6:15 PM

MONday, 20 Nov. 2017

Symposium III – T cell development and maturation

Virginia Smith Shapiro, Chair • 8:30 AM - Noon

Dr. Kristin Hogquist, University of Minnesota, "Thymic Selection of Soldiers and Peacekeepers"
Dr. Pam Fink, University of Washington, "Recent thymic emigrant function - defective or adaptive?"
Dr. Ellen Rothenberg, California Institute of Technology, "Gene Networks that Trigger the Start of T cell Development"
Dr. Virginia Smith Shapiro, Mayo Clinic, "Epigenetic Regulation of Thymocyte Positive Selection and Lineage Commitment"


As a courtesy to our speakers, we request that cellular phones, pages, and electronic devices be turned off or on vibrate during all sessions.  Cameras and recording equipment may not be used at the Keynote, Symposia, Workshops or Poster sessions.  Photographs of posters can only be made with the express permission of the poster presenter.