Meeting Program Agenda

Tuesday, Jan 17 Download FINAL PDF

 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
  • Historic Town - San Sebastian del Oeste
 3:00 - 6:00 pm AMSMIC Registration Desk open  Lobby
 6:30 - 9:30 pm Welcome Fiesta Dinner  La Casita Garden

Thursday, January 19

 7:00 - 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

 7:00 - 8:00  Breakfast Buffet  La Estancia Restaurant
 7:00 - 8:00 AMSMIC Council Meeting  La Cava at La Estancia
 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, 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, Hansel Fletcher, Jeremy Boss, 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
  • David Bloom, University of Florida
12:30 - 2:00 New Chair Boot Camp & Lunch Los Cabos
2:00 - 5:00 Free time on your own  
5:00 - 10:30 pm Group Dinner: Sunset Cruise & "Rhythms of the Night" Show Meet in lobby

Saturday, January 21

 7:00 - 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 

Moderator: Alan Jacobson,

Dealing with University Leadership

Moderators: Jeremy Boss

Resilience during the time of Covid-19

Moderators: Daniel Voth, 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
 12:00 - 1:15 Women Chairs Lunch Los Cabos
 12:30 - 5:30

Optional Tours: El Jorullo National Park

  • ATV Bridge Experience
  • Canopy Tour, Zipline & Tequila Tasting
  • Waterfall Hike
Meet in the lobby
 6:30 - 7:30 pm Farewell Reception El Patio (pool area)

Sun Jan 22

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast Buffet La Estancia Restaurant
All day Departures  

Special Thanks to our Sponsors


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