Conference Events

Friday, April 4, 2014



6:00-10:00 PM Evening Session 1: Keynote Speakers

6:00 PM David Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head Autoimmunity and Dermatology Translational Medicine at Novartis

Academic-Industry Collaborations

7:00 PM Dinner Break

8:30-10:00 PM Reception and Poster Session


Saturday, April 5, 2014

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast


8:30 AM-12:30 PM Session 2: Inflammatory Disease

Session Chair: Andrea Cooper, Ph.D.; Co-chair: Alexei Tumanov, M.D., Ph.D., Trudeau Institute

Eric Pamer, M.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Inflammation and infectious diseases

Robert Arbeit, M.D., Idera Pharmaceuticals

A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases using Inhibition of Specific Endosomal Toll-like Receptors

Dania Rabah, Ph.D., Biogen Idec

Modulating Cytokines by Targeting Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells - A Therapy for Lupus 

Wenjun Ouyang, Ph.D., Genentech

Regulation and functions of IL-10 family cytokines in inflammation and diseases

Linda Burkly, Ph.D., Biogen Idec

The role of TWEAK in chronic inflammatory disease and therapeutic strategies

Marsha Wills-Karp, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Asthma and allergy

Stephen Miller, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Regulating inflammation using nanomedicine approaches 

Short talk presented by Jean Gariépy, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Can functional aptamers alter key cellular events linked to inflammatory responses?


12:30 PM Lunch Break


2:00-5:00 PM Session 3: Inflamm-ageing

Session Chair: Marcia Blackman, Ph.D. Trudeau Institute; Co-chair: Laura Haynes, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center
Cornelia Weyand, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Chronic inflammation and aging: DNA damage

Jorg Goronzy, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Aging, inflammation and autoimmunity

Greg Sempowski, Ph.D., Duke University

Role of inflammation in reduced bone marrow lymphopoiesis and thymic involution

Vojo Deretic, Ph.D., University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Autophagy in inflammation and disease

Laura Santambrogio, M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Autophagy and aging

Cecilia Marta, Ph.D., Sanofi

Role of inflammation in the progression of frailty and sarcopenia

Short talk presented by Joanne Turner, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

The impact of inflammation on pulmonary macrophage function in old age


6:00 PM Dinner Break


7:30-8:30 PM Session 4: Workshop

Facilitated discussion on topics associated with interactions between academia and biotechnology

8:30-10:00 PM Reception


Sunday, April 6, 2014

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast


8:30 AM-12:00 PM Session 5: Infectious Disease and Inflammation

Session Chair: Elizabeth Leadbetter, Ph.D.; Co-chair: Markus Mohrs, Ph.D., Trudeau Institute

Short talk presented by Stephen Jameson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Distinction between "True" and "virtual" memory CD8 T cells in the response to lung infection with influenza virus

Thomas A. Wynn, Ph.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

In vivo models of inflammation
Jay Kolls, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Genetic models of mucosal host defense in the lung

Denise M. Monack, Ph.D., Stanford University

Inflammasome activation and bacterial infections

Tania Watts, Ph.D., University of Toronto

TNFRs and control of viral infection

Avery August, Ph.D., Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Signaling pathways that lead to lung inflammation