News Katie Richards Reaches 15 Years of Service at the University of Rochester Tuesday, April 19, 2016 We would like to honor Katie Richards, a Technical Associate in the Sant Lab, for reaching 15 years of service at the University of Rochester. "Katie has been invaluable to my laboratory’s success. She has contributed her expertise, diligence, and thoughtful approach to research towards the success of multiple projects in the laboratory. She has also been tremendously valuable to the laboratory for securing grant funding and publishing the results of our studies" ~ Andrea Sant. Congratulations again to Katie and thank you for your continued service. Tara Capece and Brandon Walling Receive Trainee Abstract Award Wednesday, April 6, 2016 We are proud to recognize Tara Capece and Brandon Walling, who recently won the AAI Trainee Abstract Award www.aai.org/awards/Docs/Travel/2016_AAI_Trainee_Abstract_Award.pdf. This award provides travel support to AAI Trainee members (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) whose first-author abstracts submitted to the AAI annual meeting are selected for oral presentation in Block symposia. Tara and Brandon are part of Minsoo Kim's lab. The Kim lab focuses on understanding how lymphocytes home to and migrate within tissues, specifically studying the role of integrin LFA-1. Tara studies the function of LFA-1 in T cell activation and differentiation while Brandon's project aims to elucidate the LFA-1 mediated mechanism of chemokine independent migration. Congratulations again to Tara and Brandon for their exciting science and gift to travel and present in the Block Symposium. Taylor Moon and Kyle Koster Receive Awards at Local Meetings Thursday, October 22, 2015 Congratulations to Taylor Moon and Kyle Koster for their award-winning presentations at two local scientific meetings. Taylor received the "Excellence in Scientific Presentation" award at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology Retreat on October 6th 2015. Kyle received the second place award for his poster at the American Physician Scientists Association Northeast Regional Meeting in Syracuse October 17th 2015. Taylor and Kyle are Microbiology and Immunology doctoral students in the Elliott Lab in the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology. Deborah Fowell and Jim Miller presented with Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Awards at the 2015 SMD Opening Convocation Ceremony Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Deborah J. Fowell, D.Phil. and James F. Miller, Ph.D. were honored at the 2015 School of Medicine & Dentistry Opening Convocation Ceremony held on Wednesday, September 9th. Deb received the Graduate Alumni Award and Jim received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award. The Graduate Alumni Award is presented to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding research mentoring of graduate students, excellence in the classroom, and advocacy for graduate education. The Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award is presented to a faculty member based on the instructor’s record of excellence in classroom instruction, as reflected by the letter of nomination from students and by the course-instructor survey evaluations. Congrats Deb and Jim! Immune Cells Take Cue from Animal Kingdom: Together, Everyone Achieves More Friday, September 4, 2015 Much like birds fly in flocks to conserve energy, dolphins swim in pods to mate and find food, and colonies of ants create complex nests to protect their queens, immune cells engage in coordinated behavior to wipe out viruses like the flu. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Science by researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The findings reveal, for the first time, how immune cells work together to get to their final destination – the site of an injury or infection. The body is expansive and a virus or bacteria can take hold in any number of locations: the lungs, the throat, the skin, the stomach or the ear, just to name a few. How do immune cells, specifically the ones that are responsible for killing foreign invaders, know where to go? Read More about: Immune Cells Take Cue from Animal Kingdom: Together, Everyone Achieves More 1st Annual Immune Imaging Symposium To Be Held November 7, 2015 Wednesday, August 5, 2015 The Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging at the University of Rochester will host the 1st Annual Immune Imaging Symposium November 7th, 2015 from 8:30 am – 5pm. The free symposium will provide a forum where the newest developments in understanding immune function through visualizing immunity ‘in action’ will be shared and discussed. The goal of the symposium is to foster lively scientific discussion, exchange of ideas and future collaborations. We have an exciting program including a distinguished group of international speakers, an interactive poster session and opportunities for oral presentations from students and postdoctoral fellows. For more information and to register, visit the Immune Imaging Symposium website. Minsoo Kim, Ph.D. Receives 2015 School of Medicine and Dentistry Trainee Academic Mentoring Award in Basic Science Thursday, April 30, 2015 Minsoo Kim, Ph.D. has been chosen to receive the 2015 School of Medicine & Dentistry Trainee Academic Mentoring Award in Basic Science. Minsoo will receive this award at the School’s Opening Convocation, to be held Wednesday, September 9th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Class of ’62 auditorium. Elliott Lab Awarded Grant To Study The Role Of Efferocytosis In Resolving Inflammation Wednesday, April 15, 2015 The transition of the immune response from inflammation to resolution is critical for the restoration of tissue function following injury or infection. Most inflamed tissues contain large numbers of dead and dying cells, and the phagocytic clearance of these cells (a process termed "efferocytosis") by tissue-resident macrophages plays an important but poorly understood role in driving pro-resolution immune responses. CD73, the main adenosine-generating ecto-enzyme on leukocytes, exerts a wide range of immunomodulatory effects, but its role in efferocytosis is not known. The laboratory of Michael R. Elliott has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the molecular mechanisms and physiologic importance of the CD73 pathway in mediating efferocytosis-dependent immune suppression in inflamed tissues (R01AI114554). Identifying the molecular pathways that link cell clearance to inflammation could contribute to the development of novel therapeutic strategies to affect beneficial immune responses in a wide range of inflammation-related disorders. Minsoo Kim to serve as member of the Atherosclerosis and Inflammation of the Cardiovascular Systems Study Section, Center for Scientific Review Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Minsoo Kim, Ph.D. has accepted an invitation from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a member of the Atherosclerosis and Inflammation of the Cardiovascular Systems Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 01, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019. Membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. Taylor Moon Appointed to Position on the HIV Replication and Pathogenesis Training Grant Friday, February 6, 2015 CVBI student Taylor Moon (Rusty Elliott lab) was appointed to a position on the HIV Replication and Pathogenesis Training Grant (T32 AI049815). The center would like to congratulate Taylor on such a distinct honor.