AAI Introductory Course in Immunology

  AAI-IUIS Course Travel Awards Now Open. Submit your application by January 17, 2018.

July 10 - 15, 2018
UCLA Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA

Course Director: Juan Carlos Zuñiga-Pflücker, Ph.D.
University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute

More information to come in February 2018

This comprehensive two-part course, taught by leading experts, provides an in-depth overview of the basics of immunology. This course is for students new to the discipline or those seeking more information to complement general biology or science training.

Part I is a detailed introduction to the basic principles of immunology and is suitable for students with a general biology background.

Part II is a clinically-oriented lecture series.

Parts I and II may be taken independently at the discretion of the student.

AAI-IUIS Travel Awards provide course travel support to trainees from developing countries. See application instructions. Application deadline is January 17, 2018.

The AAI Introductory Course in Immunology is sponsored by The American Association of Immunologists, the largest and most prestigious association in the world for professional scientists engaged in basic and clinical immunological research.

Sample Schedule

PART I

Day 1

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Juan Carlos Zuñiga-Pflücker
, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute
Welcome and Introduction to the Immune System

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Lewis L. Lanier
, University of California, San Francisco
Innate Immunity: Introduction to the Cells

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Deborah A. Fraser
, California State University Long Beach
Complement

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Networking Reception

Day 2

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Helen S. Goodridge
, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Innate Immunity: Introduction to Pattern Recognition and Intracellular Signaling

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Wendy L. Havran
, The Scripps Research Institute
Introduction to Adaptive Immunity

11:50 AM – 1:20 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

1:20 PM – 2:50 PM
Nilabh Shastri
, University of California, Berkeley
Antigen Processing and Presentation

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

3:10 PM – 4:40 PM
Juan Carlos Zuñiga-Pflücker
, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute
MHC Restriction and Thymic Selection

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
David Nemazee
, The Scripps Research Institute
B Cell Development and Maturation

Day 3

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Christine Moussion
, Genentech, Inc.
Dendritic Cells: The Bridge Between Innate and Adaptive Immunity

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Michael Croft
, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Effector T Cell Differentiation and Response

11:50 AM – 1:20 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

1:20 PM – 2:50 PM
Shane Crotty
, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
B Cell Activation and Humoral Immunity

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

3:10 PM – 4:40 PM
M. Carrie Miceli, University of California, Los Angeles
Signaling in the Immune System

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Stephen M. Hedrick, University of California, San Diego
Host-Pathogen Co-evolution in Human Beings: the Red Queen and the Grim Reaper

PART II

Day 4

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Ninan Abraham, University of British Columbia
Cytokines

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Megan K. Levings, University of British Columbia
T and B Cell Tolerance

11:50 AM – 1:20 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

1:20 PM - 2:50 PM
Paul Utz, Stanford University School of Medicine
Autoimmunity

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

3:10 PM – 4:40 PM
Michelle Hickey, University of California, Los Angeles
Transplantation

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Cathryn Nagler, University of Chicago
Mucosal Immunology

Day 5

7:30 AM Coffee and Pastries

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Marion Pepper
, University of Washington
Type 2 Immunity

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Antoni Ribas, University of California, Los Angeles
Tumor Immunology

11:50 AM – 1:20 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

1:20 PM – 2:50 PM
Robert L. Modlin
, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
Immunity to Bacterial Pathogens

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

3:10 PM – 4:40 PM
Elina Zuniga, University of California, San Diego
Immunity to Viruses

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Martin Prlic
, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Immunologic Memory

Day 6

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Nicole Frahm
, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Vaccination

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Donald B. Kohn, University of California, Los Angeles
Genetic Approaches to Immune-Mediated Diseases

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Andrew C. Chan, Genentech, Inc.
Bench to Bedside to Bench: Current Issues in Immunology

Suggested Reading

  • Murphy, Kenneth, and Casey Weaver. Janeway’s Immunobiology. Garland Science, NY, 2016.
  • Owen, Judy, Jenni Punt, and Sharon Stranford. Kuby Immunology. W. H. Freeman and Company, NY, 2013.
  • Parham, Peter. The Immune System. Garland Science, NY, 2014.

Course Location

  • UCLA Luskin Conference Center, 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
  • Course will be held in the Centennial Hall Salons A&B on Level 1 of the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.
  • Driving directions, parking options, and other ground transportation options can be viewed here.

Child Policy

  • Child care services are not provided by AAI. We regret that children are not permitted entrance to the course, the pre-function and registration area, or any activities held in conjunction with the course. We suggest that you contact your hotel for referrals if you require baby-sitting services.

Disability & Special Services Information

  • If you have a disability or special need that may have an impact on your participation or attendance at the course, please contact the AAI Meeting Office at (301) 634-7399 or email meetings@aai.org. AAI cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need. All service animals must be accompanied by appropriate medical and veterinary documentation.

This link to the Visa Wizard is a guide to help foreign citizens understand which visa category might be appropriate for their travel to the United States: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/visa-wizard.html.

For Attendees from Non-Participating Visa Waiver Program Countries:

To apply for a visa, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.

Visas should be applied for as early as possible and well in advance of the meeting (at least three months before the visa is needed). Information about visa wait times can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.

Be advised that you need to apply for Business Visitor Visa (B-1). The AAI Immunology Courses are comparable to a scientific meeting or workshop and will not qualify attendees for student visa status. You will be asked to name the meeting ("AAI Introductory Course in Immunology" or "AAI Advanced Course in Immunology") and explain the purpose of your visit.

NOTE: Registration refunds will not be issued after the refund deadline for any reason, including the inability to obtain a visa.

For Attendees from Participating Visa Waiver Program Countries:

In order to travel without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. For detailed information about the Visa Waiver Program, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.

Requesting an Invitation Letter

For security purposes, letters of invitation will be sent only to individuals who are registered for a course. Once your registration is complete, please contact meetings@aai.org to request a personalized letter of invitation.