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Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Unique Biology of Emerging Respiratory Pathogens


February 20-21, 2016


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Taylor J. Eddens & James Harker

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

There are many bacterial, viral, and fungal respiratory pathogens that have become global concerns due to their increasing incidence and/or epidemic-like spread. This GRS will focus on understanding the novel mechanisms that these emerging respiratory pathogens use to exploit the host's immune system to cause disease, as well as the resistance mechanisms capable of limiting their treatment.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: A Career in Studying Influenza: Science and Mentorship
Discussion Leaders: Taylor Eddens (University of Pittsburgh / Carnegie Mellon University MSTP, USA) and James Harker (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmOpening Remarks
3:50 pm - 4:20 pmStacey Schultz-Cherry (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA)
"A Career in Studying Influenza: Science and Mentorship"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmImmunity Against Emerging Extracellular Pathogens
Discussion Leader: Theodore Standiford (University of Michigan Health System, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmNiki Ubags (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
"Hyperleptinemia Impairs Pulmonary Host Defense"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmSimren Gill (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Increased Airway Glucose Increases Airway Bacterial Load in Hyperglycaemia"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJaime Hook (Columbia University Medical Center, USA)
"Optical Studies of Alveolar Injury Due to Staphylococcus Infection"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmLokesh Sharma (Yale University, USA)
"Chitotriosidase Regulates Bacterial Dissemination and Early Inflammation in Klebsiella pneumoniae Lung Infection"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amInfluenza, Co-Infections, and Co-Morbidities
Discussion Leader: Stacey Schultz-Cherry (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJuliet Morrison (University of Washington, USA)
"Identification of Immune Cell Types that Associate with Severe Influenza Disease or Recovery in Mice Using Digital Cell Quantification"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amHelen Rich (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Type III Interferons Promote Antibacterial Immunity During Influenza, Staphylococcus aureus Super-Infection"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amAmali Samarasinghe (University of Tennessee Health Science Center, USA)
"Eosinophils Alleviate Influenza in Mice"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amRachel Temple (Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, USA)
"When Signals Get Crossed: The Consequences of Dual Allergen- and Influenza-Mediated Signaling in Mast Cells"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmEmerging Viral Infections
Discussion Leader: Peter Openshaw (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmChristopher Coleman (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
"Mouse Model Reveals Roles of T Cells and Macrophages in Pathogenesis of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmJua Iwasaki (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"The Infection and Immunity Immunophenotyping (3i) Consortium: Identifying Genes Regulating the Immune Responses to Influenza Infections"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by 1R13AI124513 - 01 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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