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The American Association of Immunologists, founded in 1913, is dedicated to advancing the field of immunology and fostering development opportunities for researchers at every career stage. Its members work together to address common interests and push forward the boundaries of knowledge.

Message to AAI Members Regarding IMMUNOLOGY2021™

Dear AAI Members,

After much consideration regarding the many ongoing challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership of AAI has made the decision to move IMMUNOLOGY2021™ to a fully virtual experience. Travel restrictions, unique social circumstances involving the meeting venue and, most importantly, the health and safety of our members and attendees all played a part in choosing this safer approach. Read the full message.

From the AAI President

Jenny P. Ting


As she assumes the leadership of AAI, new President (2020-2021) Jenny P. Ting, Ph.D., shares her President’s Message with AAI members.

Aviv Regev, Ph.D. (AAI ’19) is the 2020 recipient of the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, honoring her roles in laying the groundwork for the field of single-cell genomics, spearheading leading-edge technologies that enable a sharper perspective on human cells, and applying these tools to revolutionize understanding of biology and disease.
K. Mark Ansel, Ph.D. (AAI ’08), and Shruti Naik, Ph.D. (AAI ’20), are among this year’s doctoral adviser–graduate student tandems selected to receive HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study, which foster the development of scientific leaders committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the sciences.
AAI Science Coordinator Ellen C. Fox, Ph.D. (AAI ’16)is among recipients of Society for Scholarly Publishing Fellowships for 2020, which recognize awardees’ high level of engagement in their fields and diversity of skills in scholarly communications.
Kate A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (AAI ’06)has been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic distinction in Ireland, as an honorary member. Honorary membership is reserved for academics residing outside of Ireland who have made major international contributions to their disciplines. She is also one of 12 scientists selected to receive Harrington Scholar Awards; the COVID-19 rapid response initiative awards provide recipients with grant funding and expert drug development support to advance novel therapies, next-generation vaccines, and vaccine alternatives to fight COVID-19 and avert future pandemics.
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. (AAI ’73)is the recipient of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Public Service Award, for his decades of outstanding leadership in basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat daunting infectious diseases.
Douglas R. Green, Ph.D. (AAI ’84), former AAI president Marc K. Jenkins, Ph.D. (AAI ’88)Carl H. June, M.D. (AAI ’87)Judy Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI ’19), and Miriam Merad, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI ’19)have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Shimon Sakaguchi, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI ’90), is the recipient of the 2020 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize in honor of his pioneering discoveries of regulatory T cells and their instrumental role in self-tolerance.
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Following are recent obituaries. To view the AAI In Memoriam Page, click here.

Noel R. Rose, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’56, Lecturer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Brookline, MA (d. 7/30/2020)
Maria de Sousa, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’77, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, University of Porto, Portugal (d.4/14/2020)
Mark D. Grebenau, M.D., Ph.D., J.D., AAI Emeritus ’83, Consultant (formerly with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Corp.), West Orange, NJ (d. 3/13/2020)
Wendy L. Havran, Ph.D., AAI ’85, Professor, Scripps Res., La Jolla, CA (d.1/20/2020)
Sarkis H. Ohanian, Ph.D., AAI ’71, Microbiologist (retired), U.S. Food & Drug Administration (d. 9/23/2019)
John Mendelsohn, M.D., AAI ’73, Associate Editor for The JI (1980–1984), President Emeritus, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Ctr. (d. 1/7/2019)
Morris J. Karnovsky, MB BCh., D.Sc., AAI ’73, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Med. Sch. (d. 1/21/2018)
Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., AAI ’75, Associate Editor for The JI (1981–1985), NIAMS - NIH, Bethesda, MD (d. 12/20/2018)
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