Infection and Immunity Research Forum
Presented by the Graduate Students
The University of Western Ontario

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Please consult this website for all information pertaining to our upcoming 2014 Infection and Immunity Research Forum on Thursday, November 6th, 2014.


Thank-you to everyone who attended the 2013 IIRF, we hope that you enjoyed your day. Photos from the day of the event can be downloaded here: 2013 IIRF Photos

Another extended thanks goes to all of our sponsors listed below, as this forum would not exist without their continued support.

The 2013 Infection and Immunity Research Forum was held Friday, November 1st, 2013 and hosted by The Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

Planning for the 2014 IIRF is currently underway. We hope to see you all there again!

We are also pleased to announce the winners of this year's oral and poster presentations:

Cedarlane/ATCC 1st Place Oral Presentation
Superantigen-mediated immune modulation in the liver during Staphylococcus aureus sepsis
Stacey Xu, Western University

Gold Sponsor Second Place Oral Presentation
The role of scavenger receptor MARCO in the initiation of anti-Streptococcus pneumoniae immune response
Michael Dorrington, McMaster University

Gold Sponsor Third Place Oral Presentation
Characterization of excretory/secretory products of the pig whipworm Trichuris suis: insights on immunomodulation by intestinal parasites
Louis-Philippe Leroux, McGill University

Cedarlane/ATCC Best in Show People's Choice Poster Award
Demystifying inflammaging: Identifying the etiology behind the chronic inflammatory state
Avee Naidoo, McMaster University

Sernova Undergraduate Poster Award
Use of gallium conjugates as anti-staphylococcal agents
Andrew Arifin, Western University

Sernova Graduate Poster Award (Less than 6 months)
Calreticulin as an immunogenic cell death marker for mesothelioma
Matthew Wu, University of Toronto

Gold Sponsor First Place Poster Award (More than 6 months)
Tracking and quantification of dendritic cell migration by cellular MRI using the 19F-perfluorocarbon contrast agent Cell Sense
Corby Fink, Western University

Silver Sponsor Second Place Poster Award (More than 6 months)
Th2-polarized invariant Natural Killer T cells reduce disease severity in intra-abdominal sepsis
Ram Anantha, Western University

Bronze Sponsor Second Place Poster Award (More than 6 months)
Destabilization of the Pseudonomas aeruginosa type IV pilus assembly system
Tiffany Leighton, McMaster University

An honourable mention also goes to Dessi Loukov from McMaster University for an excellent poster presentation in the undergraduate category. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners! Award winners who were unable to attend the reception, as well as winners of the Cedarlane/ATCC awards, are asked to forward their contact information to the IIRF organizing committee such that their awards can be mailed.

Keynote Speaker for IIRF 2013:

Dr. Hidde Ploegh

Faculty Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Lecture Title:
New Tools to Study Host Pathogen Interactions: The Case of Flu


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