SAVE THE DATE. WHIP 2023 - APRIL 23 - 26, 2023
WHIP 2019 Highlights
Keynote talks: Wonderful keynote talks were given by Dr. Marc Jenkins (U Minnesota), Dr. Christine Petersen (U Iowa), and Dr. Matthew Krummel (UCSF). Dr. Christine Petersen provided an overview of more than a decade of work in studying canine leishmaniasis and immune mechanisms in parasite-infected dogs. Dr. Marc Jenkins and Dr. Matthew Krummel served as the 2 basic immunology speakers, a WHIP tradition. Dr. Marc Jenkins reflected on his career studying antigen-specific T cells during infection and inflammation. Dr. Matthew Krummel described his work in utilizing imaging, genomic approaches, and advanced immunological techniques to study T cell activation and biology in the context of the tumor microenvironment.
Career development workshops: Writing workshops and career development panels allowed participants to explore various aspects of a career in immunoparasitology research. Dr. Emma Wilson (UC Riverside), Dr. Tajie Harris (UVA), Dr. Jude Uzonna (U Manitoba), and Dr. Nathan Peters oversaw conversations with graduate students and postdocs focused on career-stage appropriate development. Dr. P’ng Loke (NYU) led a workshop on writing, submitting, and revising scientific papers, which was attended by 20+ trainees.
Sponsorship: Generous support for the meeting was provided by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), Parasite Immunology, the NIH, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF).
BWF sponsored all of the WHIP 2019 Travel Awards, awarded to trainees that had submitted an exceptional abstract for consideration. Travel awardees included Kristina Bergerson (UC Riverside), who presented her work neuregulin function during T. gondii infection; Srija Moulik (Institute of PG Medical Education and Research), who presented her work on macrophage polarization in visceral
leishmaniasis in humans and mice; Elizabeth Shepherd (U West Virginia), who presented her work on macrophage activation in sheep infected with Haemonchus contortus; Heather Mercer (U New Mexico), who presented her work on T. gondii granule proteins; Natalia Souza (Fiocruz), who presented her work on MHC I expression on Plasmodium yoelii-infected reticulocytes; and Scott Souza (UC Merced), who presented hi work on layer immunity to T. gondii. BWF also sponsored all poster prizes for Day 1 of the meeting, awarded to Katherine Yanes (NIH; inflammasome signaling during T. gondii infection), Joseph Clark (UPenn; IL-33 function during T. gondii infection, and Erin Cox (U Iowa, splenic architecture in canine leishmaniasis); and first and second place poster prizes for Day 2 of the meeting, awarded to Ed Schrom (Princeton; cytokine signaling decisions) and Angela Pack (U Iowa; protective responses against malaria parasites). BWFs fund were also used to defray travel costs for speakers.
Parasite Immunology generously supported all talk prizes for Day 1 of the meeting, awarded to Juan Inclan-Rico (Rutgers; role of neuromedin U in basophil/group 2 innate lymphoid cell interactions in helminth infection), Diana Cortes-Selva (U Utah; effect of maternal schistosomiasis on fetal immunity), and Taylor Glausen (U Buffalo; genetic determinants of seizure during T. gondii infection)); and second and third place poster prizes for Day 2 of the meeting, awarded to Katherine Still (UVA; role of IL-33 in myeloid responses during T. gondii infection) and Kerry Hilligan (Malaghan/NIH; cytokine receptor signaling in dendritic cells during Nippostrongylus brasiliensis infection).
AAI generously supported the first place talk prize for Day 2 of the meeting, awarded to Jodi Gullicksrud (UPenn; immune responses to Crypotosporidium); the third place poster prize for Day 2 of the meeting, awarded to Cajsa Classon (Karolinska; effect of helminth infection on lymphocyte distribution in the skin); and all poster pitches prizes for Day 1 and Day 2 of the meeting, awarded to Lauren Sullivan (Day 1; Francis Crick; atypical B cells in rodent malaria), Tara Brosschot (Day 1; U Victoria; regulation of immune responses during Heligmosomoides polygyrus and Salmonella coinfection), Katherine Lothstein (Day 1; Rutgers; helminth excretory/secretory products in tissue repair), Folayemi Olayinka (Day 2; U Manitoba; anti-trypanosome responses), Kayla Menard (Day 2; U New Mexico; long non-coding RNAs in T. gondii infection), and Matheus Carneiro (Day 2; U Calgary; monocyte responses during leishmaniasis).