Retreat Program

Thursday, March 26th

Registration & Networking
6:00pm – 7:15pm
6:00pm – 7:15pm
Dr. David McMurray PhD, TAMHSC – COM
Dr. Jane Welsh PhD, TAMU – CVM
Keynote Speakers
7:15 – 7:45pm
Dr. Brett Girior MD (Intro: Dr. Magnus Hook)
CEO and Professor
Texas A&M Health Science Center
7:45 – 8:30pmDr. David Huston MD (Intro: Dr. Koichi Kobayashi)
"Translating Science into Clinical Medicine: A Tale of Three Cytokines"
Director, Clinical Science & Translational Research Institute
Professor and Assoc Dean, College of Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center
W. Bryan Trammell, Jr. Family Distinguished Chair in Allergy & Immunology Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist Research Institute
8:30 - 11pmPoster Session Networking Social

Friday, March 27th

7:30 – 8:30amBreakfast Seminar (BD Biosciences)
Utilizing flow cytometry in life science research.
Dr. Karen Ersland PhD, BD Biosciences
8:30 – 9:30amStrategic Planning Sessions I & II
What is the future for “immunology” and the Consortium at TAMU & TAMHSC ?
Co-Chairs: Dr. Jane Welsh and Dr. Michael Criscitiello
10am - 12:30pmSession III: Chair: Dr. Robert C. Alaniz PhD
10:00Dr. Beiyan Zhou PhD (TAMU – CVM)
“microRNA regulation in adipose immune cells”
10:30Dr. Karen Newell-Rogers PhD (TAMHSC – COM / Baylor S&W)
“The Potential Contribution of Invariant chain CD74 to T Regulatory Cell Expansion”
11:00Dr. Jeffrey Cirillo PhD (TAMHSC - COM)
"Tracking a Killer From Worms to Man"
11:30Dr. Farida Sohrabji PhD (TAMHSC – COM) “IGF-1 and stroke neuroprotection”
12:00Dr. Sanjukta Chakroborty PhD (TAMHSC – COM)
“Lymphatic function and its role in inflammation and immunity”
1 – 2pmLunch Seminar (Thermo-Life Technologies)
“Novel Reagent Solutions for Flow Cytometry”
Katie Taylor, Ph.D., Flow Cytometry Technical Sales
2pm - 4pmSession IV: Chair: Dr. Yeon Choi PhD
2:00Dr. Yi Xu PhD (TAMHSC – IBT)
"Interactions between Bacillus anthracis and the complement system - immune evasion and persistent infections"
2:30Dr. Darrell Pilling PhD (TAMU - Biology)
Fibroblasts secrete slit2 and lumican to regulate monocyte-derived fibrocyte differentiation
3:00Dr. David Earnest (TAMHSC – COM)
"Link between circadian clock dysregulation and macrophage proinflammatory activation in diet-induced inflammation and insulin resistance"
3:30Dr. Jason Karpac (TAMHSC – COM)
"Using the fruit fly to investigate the integration of metabolic and innate immune responses "
4:30pm – 6:30pmSession V: Chair: Dr. Karen Newell-Rogers PhD
4:30Dr. Alistair McGregor (TAMHSC - COM)
“Development of a novel safe vaccine strategy against congenital cytomegalovirus infection”
5:00Dr. Dekai Zhang (TAMHSC - IBT) "Therapeutic Targeting of Toll-Like Receptors"
5:30Dr. Luc Berghman (TAMU - CVM)
"Obtain polyclonal chicken IgY within 10 days (or so) against (just about) anything you (or we) can biotinylate"
6:00Dr. Albert Mulenga (TAMU - CVM)
Title: tbd
6:30pm – 7pmConclusion & Networking Coffee
7pmRetreat Ends