We are thrilled to present VI4 Annual Symposium, a yearly gathering to discuss and celebrate important discoveries and breakthroughs in the research of infection, inflammation, and immunology.


The Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation Annual Symposium brings together hundreds of researchers, across the VU, VUMC and Meharry Medical College campuses, with interests in clinical and basic science, aspects of infectious disease, immunology, inflammation, and microbiology. This day-long event features internationally recognized speakers from other highly-regarded institutions, with expertise in diverse aspects of infection, immunology and inflammation.

Combined, these exceptional speakers promise a vibrant and diverse program that highlights cutting-edge research in the areas of infection and immunology. 

VI4 Symposium 2019 Speakers

2019 Guest and Trainee Speakers, Left to Right:

  • Eric Meffre, PhD
    Yale University
    "Impaired B Cell Tolerance and Autoimmunity: CTLA-4 blockade dirty secret"
  • Deborah Hung, MD, PhD
    Harvard Medical School
    "Chemical biological approach to understanding infection"
  • James Hildreth, PhD, MD
    Meharry Medical College
    "HIV as Trojan Exosome: Immunological Paradox Explained?"
  • Claudia Kemper, PhD
    National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
    “An unexpected Force from within: the complosome in cell metabolism”
  • John Brannon, PhD
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, VUMC
    "Uropathogenic Escherichia coli Invades Vaginal Epithelial Cells During Colonization of the Female Reproductive Tract"
  • Nicole Putnam
    MHI Graduate Student, VUMC
    "MyD88 and IL-1R signaling drive antibacterial immunity and osteoclast-mediated bone loss during Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis"
  • Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD
    University of Iowa
    “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: Aging, Camels”
  • Vikki Abrahams, PhD
    Yale University
    “Innate Immune Function at the Maternal-Fetal Interface”
  • Robert Edwards, PhD
    San Diego State University
    “Global phylogeography and ancient evolution of the widespread human gut virus crAssphage

Photo highlights from VI4 Symposium on April 10th, 2019:

Flickr Photo Album for VI4 Symposium 2019