2017 Symposium - Of Mice and Microbes: Homeostasis and Inflammation in Health and Disease


Of Mice and Microbes: Homeostasis and Inflammation in Health and Disease

Recent advances have shown that the immune system, operating in close contact with the microbiota, is involved in multiple aspects of mammalian biology, from host defense to cancer and behavior. This breadth of immune system influence in host physiology is reflected in the work of Dr. Dan R. Littman, the honoree of this year’s Skirball Symposium.  Dan is the Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology at the Skirball Institute and Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology at the NYU School of Medicine, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Littman and his colleagues have made fundamental contributions to HIV research, to the specification and homeostasis of T cell lineages promoting and suppressing inflammation, and to the recognition of the interplay between the immune system and the microbiota. Using mouse models, his group has defined not only how this interplay affects the outcome of infections, but also how it contributes to autoimmune diseases and behavioral disorders such as autism. The symposium will showcase the breadth of outstanding research in these exciting fields. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Farkas Auditorium

NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Ave., New York, NY


The 2017 Skirball Symposium is open to the public.
Registration is not required.

Symposium Program:  


8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast - Outside Farkas Hall

9:30 AM


Moses V. Chao, PhD - Skirball Institute

Robert I. Grossman, MD - Dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center

Harold Varmus, MD - Weill Cornell Medical Center

9:45 AM

Introduction by Master of Ceremonies Dr. Harold Varmus

9:50 AM

TAM receptors and immune regulation
Greg Lemke, PhD - Salk Institute, San Diego

10:30 AM

Natural products and pain: From physiology to atomic structure
David Julius, PhD - UCSF School of Medicine

11:10 AM

Coffee Break - Outside of Farkas Hall

11:30 AM

How telomeres solve the end protection problem
Titia de Lange, PhD - Rockefeller University

12:10 PM

Controlling TCR signaling strength
Art Weiss, MD, PhD - UCSF Medical Center, HHMI

12:50 PM

Lunch Break 

2:10 PM

Programming the B cell fate
Rudi Grosschedl, PhD - Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Germany

2:50 PM

Immune pathways in the intestine in health and disease
Fiona Powrie, PhD - University of Oxford, UK

3:30 PM

Regulatory T cell differentiation
Sasha Rudensky, PhD - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, HHMI

4:10 PM

Coffee Break - Outside of Farkas Hall

4:30 PM

To be announced
Diane Mathis, PhD - Harvard Medical School

5:10 PM

Homoeostasis, inflammation and disease
Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD - Yale University, HHMI

5:50 PM

Closing Remarks

Dan Littman, MD, PhD - Skirball Institute, HHMI

Moses Chao, PhD - Skirball Institute



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