Society for Leukocyte Biology 54th Annual Meeting

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Main Program

Legacy Award Lecture

Sepsis, Chocolate, and Mitochondria in Trouble, Charles McCall, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Immunity Across the Life Span

  • Microglia, Microbes, and Neural Development, Staci Bilbo, Duke University
  • Immunometabolic Regulation of Inflammation, Emily Goldberg, UCSF
  • Microbe-mediated Regulation of Host NAD Metabolism and its Implication in Aging and Cancer, Xiaoling Li, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Title TBA, Catherine Blish, Stanford University

Tissue Resident Macrophages

  • Protective Role of Eosinophils in Hepatic Ischemia Reperfusion Injury, Cynthia Ju, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas


  • Alarmin-mediated Control of Brain Infection, Tajie Harris, University of Virginia
  • The Microglia-lymphocyte Interface in Brain Development, Anna Molofsky, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
  • Viral-mediated Dysregulation of Lipoprotein Metabolism in the Brain, Amanda Brown, Johns Hopkins

Transplant Immunology

  • Title TBA, J.D. Powell, Johns Hopkins University

Intestinal Immunity

  • Neutrophils Mold Tissue Metabolism During Active Mucosal Inflammation, Sean Colgan, University of Colorado


  • Myeloid-derived Suppressor Cells in Regulation of Tumor Progression, Dmitry Gabrilovich, AstraZeneca
  • Title TBA, Jae Jung, USC

Context Dependent Immune Adaptation

  • Immune Adaption in Sepsis Survivors: New Endotypes and New Approaches, Lyle Moldawer, Uni. of Florida
  • B Cell Dynamics During Neurotropic Coronavirus Infection, Cornelia Bergmann, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine


  • Krebs Cycle Reborn in Macrophages, Luke O’Neil, Trinity College Dublin

COVID 19: Adaptive Immunity

  • Pathogenic Inflammation in COVID-19 Patients, Miriam Merad, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Immunotherapy of Sepsis and COVID – An Emerging Approach, Richard Hotchkiss, Washington University St. Louis

Targeting Metabolism, Non-cancer

  • Regulation of the NLRP3 Inflammasome by Pyruvate Oxidation, Xuewei Zhu, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Single Cell Analysis

  • Title TBA, Sean Bendall, Stanford University
  • Mitochondria Regulation of Immunity, Navdeep Chandel, Northwestern University

Western Lifestyle: Metaflammation

  • Deconvoluting Macrophage Heterogeneity in the Pathogenesis of Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis, Joel Schilling, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Multifaceted Action of Macrophages in Diseases, Beiyan Zhou, UCONN Health
  • Title TBA, Lydia Lynch, Harvard

Impactful Authors

A selection of highly cited and impactful authors from around the world.

  • Immunometabolism of the Infant Adipose Tissue: Innate Immune Signaling Guards Adipose Tissue Health, Tamás Röszer, University of Ulm
  • Immunosuppression in Tumor Microenvironment and its Neutralization, Viktor Umansky, German Cancer Research Center
  • Title TBA, Sankar Ghosh, Columbia University
  • Title TBA, Robert Mitchell, University of Louisville
  • Cellular and Molecular Portraits of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Towards a New Disease Taxonomy & Precision Medicine, Costantino Pitzalis, Queen Mary University of London

Special Interest Group Satellite Sessions

Maladaptive Host-Pathogen Responses and Autoimmunity in Airways Diseases
Chairs: Lael Yonker, Massachusetts General Hospital and Balazs Rada, University of Georgia, Athens

  • Neutrophil Responses in Disease-Specific States, Michael Mansour, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dysregulation of Macrophage Signaling in Cystic Fibrosis, Emanuela Bruscia, Yale School of Medicine
  • Dissecting and Defining PMN Responses in Cystic Fibrosis, Lael Yonker, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Autoantibodies Target Multiple Components of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Cystic Fibrosis, Ruchi Yadav, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Creating a Sanctuary: Pseudomonas and Autoimmunity in Cystic Fibrosis, William Rigby, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Innate Immune Training
Chairs: Julia Bohannon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Liwu Li, Virginia Tech

  • Priming, Tolerance and Exhaustion Dynamics in Acute and Chronic Diseases, Liwu Li, Virginia Tech
  • Innate Immune Training as an Approach for the Modulation of Sepsis and Septic Sequelae, David Williams, East Tennessee State University
  • TLR Agonists Mediate Protection Against Severe Nosocomial Infections via Innate Immune Training, Julia Bohannon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • The Role of Mitochondrial Biogenesis, Irg1, and Itaconate in TLR4 Agonist-induced Innate Immune Training, Naeem Patil, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Modulation of Immune Tolerance Through Ubiquitination, Jian Zhang, University of Iowa School of Medicine
  • Stimulating Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Dampens Macrophage NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation by Enhancing TCA Cycle Anabolic Bioenergetics, Xuewei Zhu, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Effects of Trained Immunity in Intergenerational Inheritance and Resistance to Infections, Jorge Dominguez, Radbound University Medical Center


  • Mentoring versus Advising - Look for more details coming soon about this special two-part workshop looking at the differences between mentoring and advising. Two different sessions will provide perspective and thoughts from the PI side and from the trainee’s viewpoint - looking at defining expectations, goals, roles and more.
  • SLB SCHOOL - Look for more details coming about this extensive program planned entirely by the SLB Members in Transition and Training Group - a program planned by trainees, for trainees. Academic talks as well as practical skill workshops will provide a special space for trainees to connect and learn.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Look for coming details for this workshop planned by the SLB DEI Committee.

Abstract and Award Programs

  • Abstracts will be accepted in 2021 and programmed within the meeting in various formats to highlight the work of all attendees. Look for the call for submissions in Spring 2021.
  • The full line-up of SLB Award opportunities will be available including the Presidential competition, Video Abstracts, Thorbecke, Adams, Paper of the Year, and a new Mentoring Recognition category. Look for application details during abstract submission.