Invitation to Attend

It is my pleasure to invite you to the AMSMIC Annual Meeting, a conference dedicated to the challenges facing academic leaders in microbiology and immunology research.  AMSMIC is involved in many activities ranging from public policy initiatives to educator workshops, and we welcome conference participation by the leadership of microbiology/immunology units within schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and public health.

The meeting will take place on January 18-22, 2023, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the Marriott Resort. Like earlier AMSMIC meetings, the conversations with colleagues at the beach are sometimes just as important as the programming in the conference room, and you will have plenty of time in both settings.

If you have attended an AMSMIC meeting previously, you already know the value of talking with your academic cohorts and sharing their strategies for leadership.  If you have never attended, you are overdue for this important networking and career development opportunity, and we are ready to help.  I hope you will be able to join us in January for a stimulating meeting in this spectacular setting.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions about AMSMIC or its annual meeting.

Mitzi Nagarkatti, PhD
AMSMIC President


Registration Deadline:

Nov 30, 2022

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Meeting Program Agenda

Tuesday, Jan 17 Download PDF Version

                                  Early Arrivals for Optional tours

Wednesday, January 18

 All Day Main Arrivals  
 All Day  

Optional Tours:  

  • Los Arcos Marine Park Snorkeling Cruise
  • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
  • Cacao Experience
 3:00 - 6:00 pm AMSMIC Registration Desk open  Lobby
 6:30 - 9:30 pm Welcome Fiesta Dinner  La Casita Garden

Thursday, January 19

 6:00 - 8:00  Breakfast Buffet  La Estancia Restaurant
 8:00 - 12:00 pm AMSMIC Meeting I  Vallarta I

Opening Remarks / Introductions

Mitzi Nagarkatti, AMSMIC President


Targeting Innate Immunity and Panoptosis for the treatment of inflammatory  and infectious diseases

Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, St Jude's Hospital


The long shadow of intestinal microbiota in cancer development and treatment

Christian Jobin, University of Florida

 10:10-10:30 coffee break  

Understanding adaptive immunity and immune memory to SARS-COV-2 infection and Covid-19 vaccines

Shane Crotty, La Jolla Institute of Technology


New Chair Presentations I

Jacques Robert, University of Rochester

Jason Bartz, Creighton University

Vanessa Sperandio, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sanjay Maggirwar, George Washington University

12:30 - 5:30 pm   AMSMIC Group Lunch & Historic Art Walk  Lobby 
 PM Evening on your own  

Friday, January 20

 6:00 - 8:00  Breakfast Buffet  La Estancia Restaurant
 8:00 - 12:00 pm AMSMIC Meeting II  Vallarta I
 8:00-8:15 AMSMIC Business Meeting I / Elections  

Panel Discussion: Building Department Culture

Moderator: James Bangs

Panelists: Eugene Oltz, Jimmy Ballard, Leslie Berg, John Barnett, James Bangs

 9:15-10:15 Neuroimmunoendocrine activation during experimental pulmonary tuberculosis   

Rogelio Hernandez Pando

National Institute of Medical Sciences & Nutrition, Mexico City

10:15-10:35 coffee break  

AMSMIC Business Meeting II / Committee Reports & Election Results

Julie Kerry, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Jim Kaper


New Chair Presentations II

Sophie Paczesny, Medical University of South Carolina

Lee-Ann Allen, University of Missouri

Kevin Macaluso, University of South Alabama

Beth McCormick, UMass Chan

Sean Whelan, Washington University

Mark Kaplan, Indiana University

12:30 - 2:00 New Chair Boot Camp & Lunch
2:00 - 5:15 Free time on your own  
5:30 - 10:30 pm Group Dinner: Sunset Cruise & "Rhythms of the Night" Show Meet in lobby

Saturday, January 21

 6:00 - 8:00  Breakfast Buffet  La Estancia Restaurant
 8:00 - 12:00 pm AMSMIC Meeting III  Vallarta I
 8:00-8:45 Problem-Solving Discussion Groups:  

Strategies for recruitment and retention of faculty & trainees 

Moderators: Alan Jacobson, Martha Alexander Miller

Dealing with university leadership

Moderators: Kathryn Knight, Jeremy Boss

Resilience during the time of Covid-19

Moderators: Hansel Fletcher, Janko Nikolich-Zugich

 8:45-9:00 Discussion Group Moderator Reports  

NIAID Update

Kelly Poe, NIAID

 10:00-10:20 coffee break  
 10:20-11:00 Modernizing the relationship of science and society

Mary Wooley, Research!America


A Scientific society's efforts to make it one of the most welcoming, diverse and effective fields in science

Stefano Bertuzzi, American Society of Microbiology


AMSMIC Business Meeting III 

Treasurer's Report - Dan Voth

Preview 2024 Meeting - Jeremy Boss

 12:30 - 1:30 Women Chairs Lunch  
 1:30 - 6:00

Optional Tours: El Jorullo National Park

  • ATV Bridge Experience
  • Canopy Tour, Zipline & Tequila Tasting
  • Horseback Riding in Sierra Madre
Meet in the lobby
 6:30 - 7:30 pm Farewell Reception On the beach

Sun Jan 22

6:00 - 8:00 Breakfast Buffet  La Estancia Restaurant
All day Departures  

Registration Fees

  4 nights 5 nights 
 Member Chair $2160 $2430
 Non-Member Chair* $2260 $2530
 Social Guest $  680 $  700

*Non-member registration includes 1 year AMSMIC membership.

Social Guests may be added to member or non-member registrations.  

 Included in Registration Fee:Chair  Social Guest
 Hotel Accommodations - incl. bellman & housekeeping gratuities 4 or 5 nights shared
 Registration Materials✔️
 Access to educational sessions✔️
 Welcome Reception (Wed)✔️✔️
 Daily Breakfast buffet in hotel restaurant La Estancia✔️✔️ 
 Daily AM coffee breaks during meeting✔️
 Social Guest Program: Pottery Painting class on Thursdayn/a✔️
 Group Event w/Lunch: Historic Art Walking Tour (Thurs)✔️ ✔️
 Sunset Cruise, Dinner & "Rhythms of the Night" Mayan themed show (Fri)✔️✔️
 New Chairs Bootcamp on Friday (new chairs within 1-3 years only)✔️ n/a
 Women Chairs Lunch on Saturday (if applicable)✔️n/a
 Farewell Reception (Sat)✔️  ✔️
 Non-member fee also includes annual membership dues for AMSMIC✔️n/a

Optional Tours are available for attendees and social guests to book separately.  Visit the Social Events & Tours page for more details.

    Ground Transportation Options

    The closest airport to the Marriott PVR is Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

    Airport transfers are not included in the registration fee.  The hotel is only a 10 minute drive from the airport (2.2 km), and taxis are readily available.  Transportation to and from the airport is mostly done by taxi (Aeromovil) or combi bus (colectivo minivan). Taxi and combi bus charge rates are based on zones of travel. and are paid for before entering the vehicle at a small kiosk located just before leaving the terminal building exit. Once you have obtained your ticket, you’ll be escorted to your vehicle. The ticket is then handed to the parking attendant at the parking lot exit and you are on your way.   Average cost $15-20 USD.  Other options include booking an Uber or a private transfer through AeroMovil or Viator.  

    Meeting Location

    Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort

    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    All rooms being held for AMSMIC are oceanfront and include buffet breakfast.

    AMSMIC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.          6524 SW 61st Terrace, Miami, FL 33143

    (305) 661-5581

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