IIRF22
Infection and Immunity Research Forum
Presented by the Graduate Students
The University of Western Ontario

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Past Events

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

 

2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ronald N. Germain: "Using Computation and Imaging to Better Understand Host-Pathogen Interactions and Immunity"

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Tiffany Leighton, McMaster University, "Cysteine-disulfide cross-linking to study dynamics between PilN and PilO from the type IV pilus system of Pseudomonas aeruginosa." $500 Cedarlane 1st Place Oral Presentation Award
  • Cason King, Western University, "An unhealthy relationship: manipulation of cellular protein kinase A by human adenovirus E1A." $200 Sernova Corp 2nd Place Oral Presentation Award
  • Omar El-Halfawy, Western University, "A novel paradigm of interbacterial communication of antibiotic resistance mediated by conserved secreted bacterial lipocalins." $100 Fisher Scientific 3rd Place Oral Presentation Award

Poster Competition Awards

  • Sahil Gupta, University of Toronto, "Up regulation of heat-shck protein 90 (HSP90) induces prolonged neutrophil apoptosis in septic patients." $50 Fisher Scientific Award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation
  • Aaron Johnson, Western University, "Differences in Nef-mediated downregulation of MHC I and CD28 between major HIV-1 subtypes during pseudoviral infections." $100 Fisher Scientific Award for Best Graduate (Less than 6 months) Poster Presentation
  • Brandon Oickle, Western University, "Investigating candidate glycoproteins and their functions in Helicobacter pylori." $100 Bio-Rad Award for Best Graduate (Less than 6 months) Poster Presentation
  • Nyle Novakowski, McMaster University, "MARCO! POLO! In a pool of transcript variants; what can we learn about macrophage scavenger receptors?" $100 Cedarlane Award for Best Graduate Poster (Greater than 6 months) Presentation
  • Lauren Soloman, Western University, "Genome-wide comparison of PU.1 and Spi-B binding sites in a mouse B lymphoma cell line." $100 BioLegend Award for Best Graduate Poster (Greater than 6 months) Presentation
  • Jeremy Brozyna, Western University, "Iron acquisition mechanism employed by Staphylococcus lugdunensis." $100 eBioscience Award for Best Graduate Poster (Greater than 6 months) Presentation

 

2013

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hidde Ploegh: "New Tools to Study Host Pathogen Interactions: The Case of Flu."

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Stacey Xu, Western University, "Superantigen-mediated immune modulation in the liver during Staphylococcus aureus sepsis." $500 Award sponsored by Cedarlane/ATCC
  • Michael Dorrington, McMaster University, "The role of scavenger receptor MARCO in the initiation of anti-Streptococcus pneumoniae immune response." $300 Gold Sponsor Second Place Oral Presentation
  • Louis-Philippe Leroux, McGill University, "Characterization of excretory/secretory products of the pig whipworm Trichuris suis: insights on immunomodulation by intestinal parasites." $200 Gold Sponsor Third Place Oral Presentation

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards

  • Avee Naidoo, McMaster University, "Demystifying inflammaging: Identifying the etiology behind the chronic inflammatory state." $200 Cedarlane/ATCC Best in Show People's Choice Poster Award
  • Andrew Arifin, Western University, "Use of gallium conjugates as anti-staphylococcal agents." $50 Sernova Undergraduate Poster Award
  • Matthew Wu, University of Toronto, "Calreticulin as an immunogenic cell death marker for mesothelioma." $100 Sernova Graduate Poster Award (Less than 6 months)
  • Corby Fink, Western University, "Tracking and quantification of dendritic cell migration by cellular MRI using the 19F-perfluorocarbon contrast agent Cell Sense." $100 Gold Sponsor First Place Poster Award (More than 6 months)
  • Ram Anantha, Western University, "Th2-polarized invariant Natural Killer T cells reduce disease severity in intra-abdominal sepsis." $100 Silver Sponsor Second Place Poster Award (More than 6 months)
  • Tiffany Leighton, McMaster University, "Destabilization of the Pseudonomas aeruginosa type IV pilus assembly system." $100 Bronze Sponsor Second Place Poster Award (More than 6 months)


 

2012

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Palese: "Towards a universal influenza virus vaccine."

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Lee Goneau, Western University, "Persister cell traits of uropathogenic bacteria." $500 Award sponsored by Cedarlane/ATCC
  • Ram Anantha, Western University, "Elevated Frequency of Invariant Natural Killer T cells in Septic Patients." $500 Award sponsored by Novus Biological

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards

  • Maria Goiko, Western University, "Cellular Mechanisms of Force Generation in Antibody-Mediated Phagocytosis." $200 Best in Show: People's Choice Award sponsored by Cedarlane/ATCC
  • Fiona Whelan, McMaster University, "The Evolution of the class A Scavenger Receptors." $100 Award sponsored by Centre for Human Immunology
  • Jean Macklaim, Western University, "Comparative meta-RNA-seq of the vaginal microbiota and differential expression byLactobacillus iners." $100 Award sponsored by Biolegend
  • Jessica Sheldon, Western University, "Discovery of a novel iron-regulated citrate synthase: why does Staphylococcus aureus need two citrate synthases?" $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Ali Abbas,Western University, "The transcrional regulation of PADI4 in rheumatoid arthritis." $100 Award sponsored by Bronze level sponsors
  • Christina Valiaveettil , McMaster University,"Investigations IBSC regulation and biological function." $50 Award sponsored by Pall Corporation
  • Rushi Gandhi, Western University, "Ectodomain Shedding by TACE/ADAM17 Regulates Kidney Injury Molecule-1 (KIM-1) mediated Phagocytosis of Apoptotic Cells." $50 Award sponsored by VWR

2011

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott Halperin: "Vaccine Development and Utilization: the Tortuous Journey."

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Christine Watt, McGill University, "Examining the Role of Vesico-ureteric Reflux in the Development of E. Coli-induced Pyelonephritis and Reflux Nephropathy Using Mouse Models." $500 Award sponsored by Cedarlane
  • Patrick Moynihan, University of Guelph, "Development of the First in Vitro Biochemical Assay for the Analysis of a Peptidoglycan O-Acetyltransferase." $300 Award sponsored by Novus Biological

 

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards

  • Mohamad Hamad, University of Western Ontario, "The Role of 4-Amino-L-Arabinose in the Outer Membrane Biogenesis and Viability of Burkholderia Cenocepacia." $200 Best in Show: People's Choice Award sponsored by Cedarlane/ATCC
  • Ola Ismail, University of Western Onario, "Role of RhoA and Rac1 GTPases in Kidney Injury Molecule-1 Mediated Efferocytosis in Kidney Epithelial Cells." $100 Award sponsored by Sernova
  • Michael Le, University of Toronto, "Identifying Novel Factors Responsible for Maintenance of B-cell Class Switch Recombination." $100 Award sponsored by Bio-Rad
  • Chris Blom, Lawson Health Research Institute, "Blood Plasma Obtained from Severe Sepsis-Patiens Up-Regulates Pro-Inflammatory Phenotype in Human Cerebrovascular Endothelial Cells in Vitro." $100 Award sponsored by Sernova
  • Kelcey Patterson, University of Western Ontario, "Development of Streptococcal Superantigen-Derived Anti-Cancer Immunotherapeutics." $100 Award sponsored by Wisent
  • Amy McMillan, University of Western Ontario, "The Vaginal Metabolome." $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Shahab Meshkibaf, University of Western Ontario, "Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Gr-1 Preferentially Produces G-CSF Over TNFα Through Activating MyD88-Dependent Pathway but Suppressing JNKs Activation in Macrophages." $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Ali Abbas, University of Western Ontario, "Transcriptional Regulation of the Gene Encoding Peptidylargine Deiminase Type IV (PADI4) in Rheumatoid Arthritis." $50 Award sponsored by Diamed
  • Ian Lobb, University of Western Ontario, "Hydrogen Sulphide Improves Early Graft Function and Survival Following Transplantation of Syngeneic Renal Grafts Following Prolonged Cold Storage." Diamed Honorable Mention


2010

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Artis, "Regulation of Immunity and Inflammation Mucosal Sites."

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Matthew Woods, University of Western Ontario, "Interferon-induced HERC5 restricts multiple stages of HIV-1 particle production" $500 Award sponsored by Cedarlane
  • Alyx Holden, Carleton University,"Surviving Freezing: Impacts on the immune system" Second
    place runner-up

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards

  • Sarah Furlong, The University of Western Ontario, "Investigation of the highly conserved VFMGD motif in  the Escherichia coli sugar-phosphate transferase WecA" Cedarlane/ATCC People's Choice "Best in Show"
  • Matthew Miller, The University of Western Ontario, "Functional Studies of the Human Adenovirus Subgroup C 55R E1A Protein" $100 Award sponsored by Wisent
  • Biljana Todorovic, The University of Western Ontario, "Systematic analysis of the roles of solvent-exposed residues in the CR3 region of the HPV 16 E7" $100 Clinically relevant award sponsored by Sernova Corp
  • Stacey Xu, The University of Western Ontario, "The role of superantigens in Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization and disease" $100 Award sponsored by Diamed
  • Andrew Pepper, Sernova, "A Subcutaneous Cell Pouch™ as an Alternative to Intraportal 
    Infusion of Islets of Langerhans to Restore Carbohydrate Control in the Diabetic Recipient" $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Benjamin Koestler, Michigan State University, "Examining the Environmental Control of c-di-GMP  Synthesis in Vibrio cholerae" Invitrogen honourable mention award
  • Fiona Whelan, McMaster University, "Functional and bioinformatic study of MARCO as a novel signalling receptor" Biorad award
  • Michael Dorrington, McMaster University, "MARCO plays a key role in bacterial clearance in the upper respiratory tract" eBioscience award
  • Michael Tang, University of Toronto, "A Novel in vitro Method of Generating Murine Dendritic Cells using   Culture Supernatants Containing Flt3-Ligand" Invitrogen honourable mention award

 

2009

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Victor Nizet, University of California, San Diego: "Exploring the Pathogen-Host Interface for Novel Therapeutic Strategies"

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Jai Ablack, The University of Western Ontario, "Negative Regulators at the Reigns: The Role of Cellular Repressors in E1A Conserved Region Three Dependent Activation of Transcription Across Human Adenovirus Subgroups" $500 Award sponsored by Pall Life Sciences
  • Danielle Visschedyk, University of Guelph, "Photox: Illuminating the actin- targeting family of mono-ADP-ribosyltransferases" $500 Award sponsored by Cedarlane

 

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards:

  • Darah Christie, The University of Western Ontario, "The role of stomatin-like protein 2 in mitochondrial biogenesis" $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Ana M. Tomljenovic, McMaster University, "Regulatory network expansion in Salmonella Typhimurium and its implications for intracellular virulence and pathoadaptation" $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Fred Beasley, The University of Western Ontario, "Analysis of staphyloferrin A biosynthetic and transport mutants in Staphylococcus aureus" $100 Award sponsored by VWR
  • Gregory Fonseca, The University of Western Ontario, "Adenovirus E1A targets the H2B ubiquitin ligase Bre1/RNF20" $100 Award sponsored by The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Johnson Cheung, The University of Western Ontario, "Molecular characterization of staphyloferrin B biosynthesis in Staphylococcus aureus" Biorad Award for Best New Project
  • Tony Kwon, The University of Western Ontario, "Allium sativum as a potential antimicrobial against Streptococcus pyogenes' Diamed Award for Undergraduate Poster Presentatio
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2008

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Luis P. Villarreal, The University of California, Irvine: "Sources of Self: Genetic parasites and the origin of adaptive immunity"

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Dr. William Britnell, The University of Western Ontario, "Anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies in rhematoid arthritis patients are arthritogenic" $500 Award sponsored by Roche
  • Matthew Miller, The University of Western Ontario, "Efficient onset of human cytomegalovirus replication requires the presence of an intact vimentin cytoskeleton $500 Award sponsored by VWR
 

 

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards:

  • Soumaya Zlitni, McMaster University, "Probing novel pathways in Escherichia coli using small molecules" $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Katrina Huszarik, University of Western Ontario, "Characterization of the ole of Reg2 in Islet Regeneration" $100 Award sponsored by eBioscience
  • Andrew Pepper, University of Western Ontario, "Measuring oxygen consumption rates/islet index as a predictor Islets of Langerhans' viability prior to transplantation" $100 Award sponsored by Qiagen
  • Patricia Taylor, McMaster University, "Structure-function Relationship of Escherichia coli GmhB, a Novel Target of Antibiotic Adjuvants in Gram-negative Pathogens" $100 Award sponsored by The Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Wendy Furlong, University of Western Ontario, "Identification of potiential binding partners of human cytomegalovirus glycoprotein US9" Award for Best New Project
  • Kyle Walker, University of Western Ontario, "Prevention and treatment of autoimmune rheumatoid arthritis in mice by a glycolipid agonist of iNKT cells" Award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation
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2007

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jonathan W Yewdell: "Virus Induced tRNA Misacylation: A New Innate Immune Mechanism?"

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Caitlin Lemke, University of Western Ontario, "The impact of stomatin-like protein-2 (SLP-2) expression on T cell activation and effector functions" $500 Award sponsored by Roche
  • Caleb Zavitz, McMaster University, "Influenza virus compromises host defence against Bordetella parapertussis" $500 Award sponsored by VWR

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards

  • Federico Beasley, University of Western Ontario, "Evidence for production of a second siderophore by Staphylococcus aureus"
  • Karim Khan, University of Western Ontario, "Serpin Protease Inhibitors and Endogenous Resistance of Tubular Epithelial Cells to Granzyme B Injury"
  • Andrew Martins, University of Western Ontario, "Expression of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor in human intestinal tissue"
  • Matthew Miller, University of Western Ontario. "Human cytomegalovirus entry in host cells: A role for vimentin?"
  • Sakina Thawer, University of Western Ontario, "Differentiating hematogenous versus microglial macrophage populations after Spinal Cord Injury using the lys-EGFP-ki mouse model."
2006

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Norma W. Andrews: "Intracellular pathogens: New turns in the road to lysosomes."

Oral Presentation Awards:

  • Michelle McCully, University of Western Ontario, "Up-regulation of receptor interacting protein 2 correlates with rapid resolution of peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis." $500 Award sponsored by Roche

 

CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity Poster Competition Awards

  • Carla Bauer, McMaster University, "Cigarette smoke impairs induction of Type 1 interferons in primary lung fibroblasts."
  • Katarina Kaluzny, University of Guelph, "Investigation of wzy alpha and beta O antigen polymerases in Pseudomonas aeruginosa."
  • W. Monty McKillop, University of Western Ontario, "Characterization of CD11d leukocyte integrin expression."
  • Ryan Noyce, McMaster University, "Characterization of the IRF3-mediated antiviral response to virus particle entry."
  • Alanna Watson, University of Western Ontario, "Regulation of growth factor-stimulated chemotaxis and chemokinesis of primary murine keratinocytes."