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The TTT Retreat is jointly sponsored by the Dept. of Immunology, the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Registration is now open!

KeyNote Speaker
Shannon Turley, PhD
Principal Scientist, Cancer Immunology - Genentech
The Stromal Compartment in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy

Distinguished speakers, Morning Sessions
Adrian Morelli, MD, PhD, Professor, Depts. of Surgery and Immunology
Are Extracellular Vesicles the Trick Behind Allo-Sensitization in Transplantation?
Distinguished speakers
Theresa Whiteside, PhD, Professor, Depts. of Pathology, Immunology and Otolaryngology
Tumor-Derived Exosomes in Anti-Tumor Immunity: Friends or Foes?
Distinguished speakers
Timothy Hand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Immunology
Intestinal Immune Responses to Bacterial Colonization
Distinguished speakers
Alicia Mathers, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Dermatology and Immunology
Cutaneous P2X7 Receptor Signaling Leads to the Development of Psoriasiform Dermatitis
Distinguished Speakers, Afternoon Sessions
Sandra Cascio, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Tumor-Resident Macrophages Modulate Intestinal Barrier Function Through Sialylation of Mucin 1 in IBD and Colitis-Associated Cancer
Distinguished Speakers
Angus Thomson, PhD, DSc, Distinguished Professor, Depts. of Surgery and Immunology
Transitioning DCreg Therapy to the Clinic in Organ Transplantation
Distinguished Speakers
Hassane Zarour, MD, Professor, Depts. of Medicine, Immunology and Dermatology
Targeting TIGIT and PD-1 for Cancer Immunotherapy

Poster Sessions




  • TIMELINE - All abstracts are due by midnight on May 2. This will allow for review of the abstracts and selection of the trainee talks by May 16.
  • ELIGIBILITY - Graduate students, postdocs, clinical fellows (or equivalent).
  • FORMAT - Abstracts should not exceed 300 words in length. This does not include the title, authors, or funding source (optional). There should be no figures within the abstract. The sections of the abstract should be Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions (per the abstract submission form).
  • REVIEW AND SELECTION - The committee will review all abstracts. Three abstracts will be invited to make an oral presentation. The poster presentation will not be judged on the day of the retreat, however all who submit abstracts are expected to participate in the poster presentations to showcase and receive feedback on their work (including abstracts selected for oral presentation).


Two poster sessions will be held during the event. Posters will be assigned numbers, with the odd numbers presenting from 10:05-11:05 am and even numbers presenting from 5:20-6:30 pm. All who submit abstracts are expected to participate in the poster presentations to receive feedback on their work (including abstracts selected for oral presentation). They are also asked to have their posters up before the morning session begins and are to leave them up until the conclusion of the afternoon session. Dimensions of posters should not exceed 4' x 4'. Poster boards with pins and numbers will be provided.

DEADLINE: The completed abstract submission form and abstract must be submitted to Donna Gaspich ( by midnight on Wednesday, May 2.