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The 22nd Annual Dept. of Immunology Scientific Retreat

September 26-27,2024 

 

RETREAT ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

  • Anthony Cillo, PhD
  • Roberta Erickson
  • Alok Joglekar, PhD
  • Abigail Overacre, PhD
  • Daniella Schwartz, MD
  • Rylee Cisney - Graduate Student, St. Leger Lab
  • Andrew Frisch - Graduate Student, Delgoffe Lab
  • Jessica Jana - Graduate Student, Overacre Lab
  • Adam Kieran - Graduate Student, Vignali Lab
  • Yannis Rigas - Graduate Student, St. Leger Lab
  • Drew Wilfahrt - Postdoctoral Associate, Delgoffe Lab
  • Katelyn Wolfgang - Graduate Student, Overacre Lab

 

SPONSORS

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD - Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology; Professor, Departments of Pathology and of Microbiology; HHMI Investigator - NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Talk Title TBD

 

INTERNAL SPEAKERS

Anthony R. Cillo, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology, Center for Systems Immunology, and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Dissecting Antitumor Immunity One Cell at a Time

Sarah Gaffen, PhD - Gerald P. Rodnan Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology; All Things Great and (IL-) Seventeen

Reinhard Hinterleitner, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology; Mucosal Immune Responses Shaped by a Commensal Protist

Youjin Lee, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology; A Targeted In Vivo CRISPR Screen Identifies Regulators of Treg Migration into the CNS

Catherine M. Phelps - Graduate Student, Meisel Lab - 2023 Grad Student (4+). Poster Winner; Exercise-Induced Microbial Metabolite Enhances CD8 T cell Antitumor Immunity Thereby Promoting Immunotherapy Efficacy

Dayana Rivadeneira, PhD - Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology; Protecting Telomeres from Oxidative Damage in Therapeutic T cells Protects Against Tumor-Induced Immune Dysfunction

Dario A. A. Vignali, PhD - Chair and Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Immunology; State of the Departmental Address

 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS FROM SELECTED ABSTRACTS

Abstract Submission and Poster Sessions -

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES:

Timeline – Abstracts are due by Aug. 23, 2024. Abstracts are required if you plan to participate in the poster session and/or be considered for an oral presentation or the Elevator Pitch Session. Please indicate your plans on the registration form and email your abstract to Jodi Russo at JOR190@pitt.edu by the due date. Please also indicate your plans on the registration form.

Eligibility – Graduate students, postdocs, clinical fellows (or equivalent), and technicians.

Scoring – The Retreat Organizing Committee will select three abstracts for oral presentation at the 2024 Retreat. Selections will be made from the Graduate Student (YR4+), Postdoc/Research Associate, MID Scholar, and Lab Staff submissions who have indicated that they would like to be considered.  They will give 10 minute presentations plus 5 minutes for Q&A. 

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), MID Scholar
  • CONSIDER FOR AN ORAL PRESENTATION: YES or NO
  • CONSIDER FOR ELEVATOR PITCH SESSION: YES or NO
  • PRESENT POSTER AT POSTER SESSION: YES or NO

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

 

POSTER GUIDELINES: 

As indicated above, abstracts must be submitted by Aug. 23 if you plan to participate in the poster sessions. Please indicate your plan to do so when registering.

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 2024 Retreat.

Poster sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday mornings, September 26 and 27. Posters will be assigned numbers, with the odd numbers presenting on Thursday morning and the even numbers presenting in the Friday morning session. Presenters will be required to put their posters up the morning of their session and to remove their posters at the end of the day.

NOTE:  THE DIMENSIONS OF POSTERS CANNOT EXCEED 3’ x 3’. Pins and numbers will be provided.