SLB 2020 - Bringing the Science to YOU

In the interest of our community's health and safety, the 2020 meeting has been transformed to a virtual event. Join over 40 hours of scientific and professional development content throughout 2020. FREE* registration is available to the entire global scientific community. Members will receive additional access to archived and recorded sessions.

Host-Microbial Interactions in Health and Disease: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Chairs: Ilhem Messaoudi, University of California, Irvine and Louis Justement, University of Alabama

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Unless noted as "LIVE ONLY", the session will be recorded by SLB and posted for member access in the archives.**

Week of June 1st - Metabolic Disease and Immunity:

  • Thursday, June 4th, 11am eastern - Host Versus Microbiome in Metabolic Disease, Kylie Kavanagh, Wake Forest University (LIVE ONLY)

Week of June 8th - Microbial Communities in Health and Disease:

  • Monday, June 8th, 1 pm eastern - Uninvited Guests in Undisclosed Locations: Microbes and Their Metabolites in the Cystic Fibrosis Airways, Katrine Whiteson, University of California, Irvine
  • Wednesday, June 10th, 11 am eastern - Resident Microbes that Induce Aggressive vs Protective Responses in Genetically Predisposed vs Normal Hosts, Balfour Sartor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Thursday, June 11th, 12 pm eastern - The Virtues of Simplicity: Vaginal Microbiome, Host Inflammation and Reproductive Outcomes, Doug Kwon, Harvard

Week of June 15th - Metabolic Regulation of Immunity and Impact on Disease:

  • Tuesday, June 16th, 1pm eastern - Itaconate Regulating Macrophage Activation, Monika Bambouskova, WUSTL
  • Wednesday, June 17th 12pm eastern - Inflammaging in Tissue Resident Immune Cells, Christina Camell, University of Minnesota
  • Thursday, June 18th, 11am eastern - Endogenous Oxidized Phospholipids Reprogram Cellular Metabolism and Boost Hyperinflammation, Ivan Zanoni, Harvard Medical School

Week of June 22nd - The Ying and Yang of Macrophages:

  • Tuesday, June 23rd, 12pm eastern - Macrophages and RELM Proteins in Inflammation and Sepsis, Meera Nair, Uni.of California, Riverside
  • Thursday, June 25th, 11 am eastern - Colonic Macrophages Dynamically Orchestrate Intestinal Immunity Against Bacterial Pathogens, Xiaoyu Hu, Tsinghua University

Week of June 29th - Glycobiology:

  • Tuesday, June 30th, 11am eastern - Sugar Switches in Antibody-Mediated Effector Functions: The COVID-19 Case, Gestur Vidarsson, Amsterdam UMC
  • Thursday, July 2nd, 12pm eastern - The Emerging Role of Glyco-Checkpoints in Cancer, Autoimmunity and Infection: The Sweet Side of Immunotherapy, Gabriel Rabinovich, Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine (LIVE ONLY)

Week of July 6th - Coronavirus:

  • Monday, July 6th, 12pm eastern - Nonhuman Primate Models for COVID-19: A Critical Component of the Response to the Pandemic, Emmie de Wit, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH
  • Tuesday, July 7th, 2pm eastern - ACE2 as a Rationale Therapy for COVID-19, Josef Penninger, University of British Columbia
  • Thursday, July 9th, 11am eastern - Novel Mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 Entry, Wendy Maury, University of Iowa
  • TBD - Leukocytes and Coronaviruses: Friends or Foes?, Tanya Miura, University of Idaho
  • TBD - TITLE TBA, Stanley Perlman, University of Iowa

Week of July 13th - Regulation of Innate and Adaptive Immunity:

  • Monday, July 13th, 11am eastern - Control of Adaptive Immunity by Lymph Node Stromal Cells, Reina Mebius, Amsterdam University Medical Center
  • Wednesday, July 15th, 11am eastern - Innate Control of Adaptive Immunity During Adulthood and Infancy, Beatriz Leon Ruiz, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Thursday, July 16th, 1pm eastern - Maternal Antibodies Regulate Neonatal Immunity to the Microbiome, Meghan Koch, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • TBD - Applying Functional Genomics to Reveal New Paradigms in Innate Immunity, Sara Cherry, University of Pennsylvania

Week of July 20th - Subversion of Host Responses by Microbes:

  • Tuesday, July 21st, 12pm eastern - Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia Subversion of Host Cellular Functions, Raphael Valdivia, Duke University (LIVE ONLY)
  • Wednesday, July 22nd, 12pm eastern - Defining the Roles of Host Lipids in Microbial Infection, Fikadu Tafesse, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Thursday, July 23rd, 12pm eastern - Mechanisms of Varicella Zoster Virus Dissemination and Pathogenesis, Ilhem Messaoudi, University of California, Irvine
  • Friday, July 24th, 12pm eastern - How the Ebola Virus VP35 Protein Modulates Innate and Adaptive Immunity to Promote Virulence, Christopher Basler, Georgia State University

Week of July 27th - Microbial Communities as Triggers of Auto-immunity:

  • Monday, July 27th, 12pm eastern - Gene X Environment Interactions Govern Gut Microbiome Effects on Autoimmune Diabetes, Jayne Danska, Hospital for Sick Kids
  • Tuesday, July 28th, 11am eastern - Chemokine Receptor CCR6 Signaling in Gut Inflammation and Autoimmunity, Girdhari Lal, National Centre for Cell Science, India
  • Thursday, July 30th, 11am eastern - Persistent Triggers of Autoimmunity within the Microbiome, Martin Kriegel, Yale University

Week of August 3rd - Cross-talk between Parasites and the Immune System:

  • Tuesday, August 4th, 12pm eastern - IL-4 Activated Macrophages During Helminth Infections, P’ng Loke, New York University
  • Wednesday, August 5th, 12pm eastern - Helminths, Macrophages and the Control of Inflammation, Derek McKay, University of Calgary
  • Thursday, August 6th, 12pm eastern - Neutrophils Cast NET Against the Parasite Entamoeba histolytica, Carlos Rosales, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Week of August 10th - Metabolism and Microbes in the Tumor Environment:

  • Tuesday, August 11th, 11am eastern - Metabolic Checkpoints in the Tumor Environment, Marina Kreutz, Universitat Regensburg
  • Wednesday, August 12th, 11 am eastern - Using Bugs as Anticancer Drugs: Effects of Attenuated Salmonella on Tumor Environment and Anti-tumor Immunity, Kendle Maslowski, University of Birmingham


Friday, October 2, 2020, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mentoring: Challenges and Opportunities
Organized by the SLB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Panel speakers providing their broad range of expertise and perspectives for this event include Dr. Amanda Brown (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Xiaoyu Hu (Tsinghua University), and Dr. Carlos Henrique Serezani (Vanderbilt University). Evidence strongly supports that improving diversity and inclusion promotes creativity and innovation in STEM. Increased representation of minoritized populations is important at every stage of the STEM pipeline. Whether a role model, or someone actively seeking to improve the environment to remove barriers to success, mentors can play a key role in retaining and advancing a diverse STEM workforce. Recognizing or acknowledging our differences can be a first step in promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment. We hope you will join us to hear the panel speakers address their personal experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, particularly as they pertain to mentor-mentee interactions/relationships. We will discuss ideas for dealing with challenges such as breaking stereotypes, unconscious assumptions, microaggressions, and imposter syndrome. Importantly, we also aim to highlight benefits and strategies for promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments. Attendees will be encouraged to join virtual breakout groups to reflect on these discussions with facilitators ready to address specific topics of interest. We welcome individuals from all genders, nationalities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations and look forward to a productive and collaborative discussion. As a preview, read the wonderful article in Nature Immunology by Dr. Hu.

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 12:30 - 2:30pm eastern
Professional Development Workshop – Beyond Academia: Career Paths and Options
Organized by the SLB Professional Development Committee 
The academic research environment is not always the preferred career path for students and trainees. However, it is often difficult for individuals considering careers outside of academia to find appropriate advice, guidance, and mentorship. Identifying potential job opportunities and understanding the skill sets necessary to move into these careers are often a challenge. The Professional Development Committee will be hosting a virtual workshop to address some of these challenges. The workshop is entitled “Beyond Academia: Career Paths and Options”. This two-hour session will include presentations and virtual panel discussions with representatives from multiple career paths representing a diverse range of possibilities for well-trained scientists. Panelists will include career representatives with experience in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, science liaison, publishing, and political affairs. Be prepared to expand your horizons about career opportunities beyond academia. While this workshop is targeted towards trainees, all are welcome.

SLB School – “Symposium for Career Development and Hands-On Opportunity to Learn” is an instructional workshop geared towards trainees with programming in: History of Host-Pathogen Interactions; Panoramic View of the Microbiome and Its History; Bioinformatics; Sequencing Techniques, Flow Cytometry 2.0, How to prepare for a “Chalk Talk”; and networking round table discussions. Full program coming soon.

SLB Think Tank: Building Bridges for Undergraduate Immunology Research - Presentations and discussion of strategies, advice, and ideas for connecting institutions large and small to engage more undergraduates in immunology research.

MTTG (Members in Transition and Training) Workshop: Science Illustrations: Telling Your Story Through Images
Organized by the SLB Members in Transition and Training Group.
This year, MTTG is providing trainees a platform to improve their skills on communicating science through illustrations. Patricia Ferrer Beals, from the University of Michigan, is scheduled as the speaker of the session. Patricia is a professional scientific illustrator who has been practicing for almost two decades. The workshop will provide the trainees a virtual learning opportunity of how to prepare scientific figures for manuscripts or graphical abstracts using illustration software. Patricia will teach the trainees some useful tips and tricks of the software program. In addition, she will share her insights on the journey to become a professional illustrator which will be useful for the trainees interested in exploring alternative careers in Science. We highly encourage trainees and anyone with a creative scientific flare to join!


* Registration for all events in this series is free to SLB Members and Non-members in the scientific community world-wide. SLB Members are required to log-in and register while non-members are required to create a profile including their name, email, institution, and career level.  By creating a profile, non-members give SLB permission to contact them in the future for society and journal related promotions. Registration is free however attendees are required to provide their own equipment and internet to connect to the sessions via a Zoom link provided by SLB. No assistance is provided or available in setting up attendee's viewing platform nor in ensuring internet connectivity.  When permissible, sessions will be recorded and posted online for SLB Member only access. There are maximum allowances for number of attendees per session and registration does not guarantee a space on the live Zoom event should participation exceed these limits. Optional donations are accepted during registration to allow SLB to continue offering relevant and timely programming, awards, community initiatives, and more.

** Recording by attendees using any personal devices, applications, or web tools is strictly prohibited.