Friday, August 17

7:00 am

Breakfast Seminar

hosted by

Thermo Fisher Scientific


7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:35 am

Opening Remarks

Vijaya Knight, M.D., Ph.D., AMLI President


Successes and Challenges of Immune-Based

Therapies for Cancer

Co-Chairs: Barbara Detrick, Ph.D. and Amir A. Sadighi Akha, M.D., D.Phil

8:35 - 9:15 am 

Overview of Immune Therapies:  Harnessing the Immune System to Target Cancer

Ryan J. Sullivan, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

9:15 - 10:00 am 

Complications Following CAR-T Cell Therapies: Challenges and Opportunities

Saad J. Kenderian, M.B., ChB., Mayo Clinic

10:00 am 


10:30 - 11:15 am

Immune-Related Adverse Effects:  Autoimmunity

as a Side Effect to Cancer Immune Therapy

Ana Luisa Perdigoto, M.D., Ph.D., Yale University


11:15 - 12:00 noon

Challenges and Future Frontier for Cancer Immune Therapy

Laura Q. M. Chow, M.D., Ph.D., University of Washington

12:00 noon

Luncheon Seminar

hosted by

Inova Diagnostics


Case Studies

Co-Chairs:  Lisa K. Peterson, Ph.D., D(ABMLI), Evan Ntrivalas, M.D., Ph.D. and M. Qasim Ansari, M.D.


2:00 - 2:30 pm

ANA and Cryoglobulin testing:  They’re not Just for Autoimmunity Anymore

Thomas S. Alexander, Ph.D. D(ABMLI)


2:30 - 3:00 pm

84-year-old Woman with Progressive Shortness of Breath          

Anne E. Tebo, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)


3:00 - 3:30 pm

Autoimmune Neurology:  From Clinic to Lab       

Stacey L. Clardy, M.D., Ph.D.


3:30 pm



3:45 - 4:15 pm

Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)    

Attila Kumanovics, M.D.


4:15 - 5:00 pm

Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Monitoring Loss

of Response to Therapy with Laboratory Testing

Maria Alice Vieira Willrich, Ph.D.,  DABCC, Mayo Clinic

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Meet the Exhibitors-Poster Session Reception


Saturday, August 18

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Meet the Exhibitors


Autoimmune Neurology: the Role of Autoantibodies

Co-Chairs:  Stanley Naides, M.D. and Sara Nandiwada, Ph.D., D(ABMLI)

8:30 am - 8:35am


8:35 - 9:05 am

Laboratory Methods in Autoimmune Neurology

Stanley Naides, M.D., Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute | Immunology


9:05 - 9:35 am

Improving Diagnostic Antibody Testing for Autoimmune Encephalitis

Eric Lancaster, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Pennsylvania

                             9:35 - 10:05 am                                    

Neuromyelitis Optica and MOG Antibody Disease: Antigen Specific Neurological Diseases

Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


   10:05 - 10:20 am  


Meet the Exhibitors


      10:20 - 10:50 am  

Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS)

Susan Swedo, J.D., National Institute of Mental Health, Magnuson Clinical Center

10:50 - 11:20 am

Immune Mediated Neuropathies

Norman Latov, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical Center

11:20 - 12:00 noon

Q&A Session

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Luncheon Seminar

hosted by


2:00 - 3:00 pm

Erwin Neter Memorial Lecture

Harry R. Hill, M.D., University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Abstract Award Presentations

3:30 - 4:00 pm

AMLI Business Meeting for all AMLI Members

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Meet the Exhibitors - Poster  Session Reception

6:15 pm

Annual Dinner

Cowboy Ciao, Scottsdale


Sunday, August 19

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Meet the Exhibitors


Transplant Immunology

Co-Chairs: Eszter Lazar-Molnar, Ph.D., D(ABMLI), D(ABHI)  and Medhat Askar, M.D., Ph.D.


8:30 - 9:15 am

Systems Biology and Transplantation

Valeria R. Mas, M.S., Ph.D., FAST, University of Tennessee

9:15 - 10:00 am

Immune Response to Non-HLA in Graft Rejecton:

Role for Cross-Talk Between Allo-and Autoimmunity

Thalachallour Mohanakumar, Ph.D., Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

10:00 - 10:30 am  


Meet the Exhibitors

10:30 - 11:15 am

The Molecular Microscope (MMDx) - Improvement in Transplant Diagnostic Accuracy

by Measurement of Transcript Levels in Biopsies

Louis Hidalgo, Ph.D., University of Alberta


11:15 - 12:00 noon

Precision Monitoring of Immunotherapies After Solid-Organ Transplantation

Iwijn De Vlaminck, Ph.D., Cornell University


12:00 - 1:30 pm

Luncheon Seminar

hosted by

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

"IFA HEp-2 Processing, Scanning and Analysis on a Fully Automated Platform"

Speakers:  Tom Williamson and John Breneman



Monday, August 20

7:00 am

Breakfast Seminar

hosted by

The Binding Site, Inc.

Speaker:  Anne L. Sherwood, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Affairs


7:30 am

Continental Breakfast


Gut Feeling: Immunological Issues in

Gastrointestinal Biology and Medicine

Co-Chairs:  Roshini Abraham, Ph.D. and Melissa Snyder, Ph.D.


8:30 - 9:45 am

Biopsy and Serology:  Are Both Necessary to Establish a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease?

Marcela A. Salomao, M.D. and Eszter Lazar-Molnar, Ph.D., D(ABMLI), D(ABHI)


9:45 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 10:45 am

Fecal  Microbiota Transplant, Rationale and Clinical Applications

Sahil Khanna, MBBS, MS, Mayo Clinic


10:45 - 11:15 am

IBD and PID: An Overview of Monogenic Inflammatory Bowell Disease and Primary Immunodeficiencies

Benjamin L. Wright, M.D., Mayo Clinic Arizona; Phoenix Children’s Hospital


11:15 - 11:45 am

Novel Monogenic Disorders Associated with

Very Early Onset-IBD and Immune Deficiencies

Claudio Giraudo, Ph.D., The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania

11:45 - 12:00 noon

Closing Remarks