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.
2019 Guest and Trainee Speakers, Left to Right:
- Eric Meffre, PhD
"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
“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”