AAI Advanced Course in Immunology

  AAI-IUIS Course Travel Awards Now Open. Submit your application by January 31, 2018.

July 22 - 27, 2018
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

Course Director: Ulrich H. von Andrian, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School and Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

More information to come in February 2018

This intensive course is directed toward advanced trainees and scientists who wish to expand or update their understanding of the field. World-renowned immunologists present recent advances in the biology of the immune system and address its role in health and disease. This is not an introductory course; attendees need to have a firm understanding of the basic principles of immunology and laboratory techniques.

Those seeking a basic course are referred to the AAI Introductory Course in Immunology.

AAI-IUIS Travel Awards provide course travel support to trainees from developing countries. See application instructions. Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

The AAI Advanced 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

Day 1

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Mary T. Litzinger, AAI
Welcome and Overview of the Course

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Ulrich H. von Andrian, Harvard Medical School and Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Anatomy of the Immune Response

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM
Coffee Break and Discussion with Faculty

3:20 PM – 4:50 PM
Jonathan C. Kagan, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Innate Immunity: Pattern Recognition and Anti-microbial Mechanisms

4:50 PM – 5:20 PM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

4:50 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking Reception

Day 2

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bruce Horwitz, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Innate Immunity: Gene Regulation

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

9:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Wayne M. Yokoyama, Washington University School of Medicine
NK Cells — Their Receptors and Function in Health and Disease

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

12:50 PM – 2:20 PM
Paul Kubes, University of Calgary
Innate Immunity: Cellular Mechanisms

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Coffee Break and Discussion with Faculty

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM
John P. Atkinson, Washington University School of Medicine
Complement System in Innate and Adaptive Immunity

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Edward M. Behrens, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dendritic Cells

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

Day 3

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Eugene M. Oltz, Washington University School of Medicine
The Generation and Modification of Lymphocyte Antigen Receptor Genes

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

9:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Lisa A. Borghesi, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
B Cell Development

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

12:50 PM – 2:20 PM
Avinash Bhandoola, NCI, NIH
T Cell Development

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Coffee Break and Discussion with Faculty

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM
Kai W. Wucherpfennig, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
MHC-restricted Antigen Presentation to T Cells

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Leslie J. Berg, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Signaling from Antigen Receptors

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

Day 4

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:00 AM –9:30 AM
Arup K. Chakraborty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Computational Modeling of Immunological Processes

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

9:50 AM – 11:20 AM
David Masopust, University of Minnesota Center for Immunology
T Cell Memory

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

12:50 PM – 2:20 PM
Joshy Jacob, Emory University
B Cell Memory

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Coffee Break and Discussion with Faculty

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM
Brian A. Cobb, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Glycoimmunology

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
David A. Hafler, Yale School of Medicine
T Cell Tolerance and Autoimmunity

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

Day 5

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bruce D. Walker, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Immune Response to Pathogens

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

9:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Jennifer Anolik, University of Rochester Medical Center
B Cell Tolerance and Autoimmunity

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM
Lunch Break (on your own)

12:50 PM – 2:20 PM
Richard S. Blumberg, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Mucosal Immunity

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Coffee Break and Discussion with Faculty

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM
Jonathan Kipnis, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Neuroimmunology

4:10 PM – 4:40 PM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

Day 6

7:30 AM
Coffee and Pastries

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Lisa H. Butterfield, University of Pittsburgh
Tumor Immunology

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

9:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Joanne L. Viney, JLV Biotech Consulting
Immunotherapeutics

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM
Rest Break and Discussion with Faculty

11:40 AM – 1:10 PM
Gary J. Nabel, Sanofi
Vaccines

1:10 PM – 1:40 PM
Breakout Sessions with Faculty

Course Location

Parking at Seaport Boston Hotel

  • There is a parking garage located at the Seaport Boston Hotel. Parking rates are available 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.