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KeyNote Speaker
Ronald N. Germain, MD, PhD
NIH Distinguished Investigator; Chief, Laboratory of Immune System Biology; Chief, Lymphocyte Biology Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

"How Advanced Imaging Methods are Enabling Development of a Spatially-resolved, Systems-level Understanding of Immunity"
 
 
FACULTY SPEAKERS -
 
Partha Biswas, MVSc, PhD - Depts. of Medicine and Immunology
     Fueling our First Responders
Greg Delgoffe, PhD - Associate Professor, Dept. of Immunology
     Overcoming Metabolic Exhaustion to Improve Cancer Immunotherapy
Alok Joglekar, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
     T cell Antigen Discovery for Understanding and Engineering Immunity
Lawrence Kane, PhD - Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Dept. of Immunology
     Activation and Differentiation of Effector and Regulatory T cells
Melissa Kane, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
     Intrinsic Cellular Defenses Against Retroviral infection
Penny Morel, MD - Professor, Dept. of Immunology
     TCR Signal Strength Regulates Th cell Differentiation: RNA Processing Matters!

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS FROM SELECTED ABSTRACTS -

Pamela Brigleb, BS - Graduate Student (YR4+), Dept. of Pediatrics, Dermody Lab
     Natural Killer Cells Recruited During Reovirus Intestinal Infection Contribute to Interferon-mediated Inflammatory Responses        
     and Subsequent Loss of Oral Tolerance to Dietary Antiben
Syed A. Rahman, PhD - Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Immunology, Das Lab
     Non-spike Protein and Endemic Coronavirus Antibodies Associated with Outcomes in Severe Covid-19
Ayana Ruffin, BS, MS - Graduate Student (YR4+), Dept. of Immunology, Bruno Lab
     Memory B cell Subsets Have Differential Function and Specificity in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Amrita Bhattacharjee, PhD - Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Pediatrics, Hand Lab
     Microbiota-driven Tregs Block Intestinal Oral Vaccine Responses
 
 
 
 

Abstract Submission and Poster Sessions

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES:

Timeline - ABSTRACTS FOR THE POSTER SESSION AND ORAL PRESENTATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. 

Abstracts are due by Sept. 1, 2021. Please email in pdf format to Roberta Erickson at ericksn@pitt.edu

Eligibility - Graduate students, postdocs, research associates, clinical fellows (or equivalent), lab staff and faculty are all invited to submit an abstract for the poster sessions. 

Format - Abstracts should not exceed 250 words in length. This does not include the title, authors or funding source (optional) Abstract should be a one-page pdf document less than 4 MB in size. The following information must be included at the top of the document:

  • Name of Presenting Author
  • Email
  • Lab Affiliation
  • Classification - Graduate Student (YR1-3), Graduate Student (YR4+), Postdoc/Research Associate, Faculty, Lab Staff, Other (please identify)
  • Consider for an Oral Presentation: Yes or No

Scoring - The Retreat Organizing Committee will select four abstracts for oral presentation (15 minutes) at the 2021 Retreat. Selections will be made from the Graduate Student (YR4+), Postdoc/Research Associate and Lab Staff submissions who have indicated that they would like to be considered.

NOTE: ABSTRACTS SELECTED FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR POSTER AWARDS.

 

POSTER GUIDELINES:

Posters will be judged 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 2022 Retreat.

Poster sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday mornings, October 7 and Oct. 8. 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.

NOTE: THE POSTER BOARDS WILL BE SMALLER THIS YEAR, SO THE DIMENSIONS OF POSTERS CANNOT EXCEED 3' X 3'. PINS AND NUMBERS WILL BE PROVIDED.