2021 Annual Meeting Program

This meeting will be held in-person in Austin.  There will be a virtual component for those who CANNOT attend. However. we urge all others to attend in person.

The Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

7:00-8:15
Breakfast Seminar, sponsored by Binding Site
Overview of Primary Immunodeficiency with Case Studies
Dr. Nicholas Hartog, Spectrum & Devos Children’s Hospitals

7:30
Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:35
Welcome, M. Qasim Ansari, AMLI President

Plenary Session 1
Innate Immunity and Autoinflammation
Chairs: Sara Nandiwada, Amir Sadighi Akha and Lusia Sepiashvili

8:35-9:15
Laboratory Approach to Innate Immune Disorders
Amir A. Sadighi Akha, M.D., D.Phil., Mayo Clinic

9:15-10:00
Diagnostics in Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
Rebecca A. Marsh, M.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

10:00
Break

10:30-11:15
Interferonopathies –  Molecular and Clinical Features
Timothy B. Niewold, M.D., NYU School of Medicine

11:15-12:00
Global Virus Outbreaks: Interferons as 1st Responders
Eleanor N. Fish, BSc, MPhil, Ph.D, University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

12:00-1:30
Luncheon Seminar, sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories
Emerging Topics in Syphilis Screening
Sarah Wheeler, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Pathology

Plenary Session 2
Case Studies
Chairs: Tony Bakke, Gabriel Maine and Evan Ntrivalas

2:00-2:30
A Typical Case of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Vijayalakshmi (Viji) Nandakumar, PhD, DABCC, ARUP Laboratories

2:30-3:00
AMPAR2 Encephalopathy: A Recently Described, Reversible Cause of Cognitive Impairment
Anqi Lua, M.D., University of Texas Health San Antonio

3:00-3:30
Investigating the Immune Status of a New Born Caucasian Male, A Reverse Case Study
Caleb Cornaby, UNC Health, McClendon Laboratories

3:30-4:00
Break

4:00-4:30
JC Virus Associated Granule Cell Neuropathy (GCN):  A Common Presentation of an Uncommon Condition
Kunal Pradip Kanakia, MD, UT Health San Antonio

4:30-5:00
Life Threatening Platelet Transfusion Refractoriness Due to an Anamnestic HLA Alloantibody Response
Leo Lin, M.D., Ph.D., University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories

5:00-7:00
Meet the Exhibitors – Poster Session Reception


Saturday, August 14, 2021

7:30
Continental Breakfast – Meet the Exhibitors – View Posters

Plenary Session 3
Autoimmune Disorders
Chairs: Stanley Naides, Melissa Snyder and Anne Tebo

8:30-9:15
Preclinical Rheumatoid Arthritis: RF, CCP, Sa, CCEP-1, MAA, etc. in Healthy Individuals
Kevin D. Deane, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

9:15-10:00
Understanding Mechanisms of Accelerated Atherosclerosis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Amy S. Major, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center

10:00
Break – Meet the Exhibitors – View Posters

10:30-11:15
IgG4-Related Disease: How Pathophysiology Informs the Current Treatment Approach
Cory Adam Perugino., D.O., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

11:15-12:00
Autoimmune Interstitial Lung Disease: Biomarkers in Idiopathic ILD, RA, Scleroderma, and Myositis
Robert Lafyatis, M.D., University of Pittsburgh

12:00-1:30
Luncheon Seminar, sponsored by Euroimmun US
Exploring Autoimmune Neurology: Adult and Pediatric cases
Dr. Amanda Piquet, Colorado University

2:00
Erwin Neter Memorial Lecture
On the Origins of the Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Antiphospholipid Testing: A Black Swan Event?
Professor E. Nigel Harris, M.Phil., MD, DM
Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies

3:00
Distinguished Service Award
Wayne Hogrefe, Ph.D.
and
AMLI Abstract Award Presentations

3:30
AMLI Business Meeting for ALL AMLI Members

4:00-6:00
Meet the Exhibitors – Poster Session Reception

6:15
Annual Dinner – Manuels (https://www.manuels.com/)
Regional authentic Mexican cooking
Eight to nine minute walk from hotel.
Van will be available for those who wish to ride.
PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU NEED A RIDE.


Sunday, August 15, 2021

7:30
Continental Breakfast – Meet the Exhibitors– View Posters – Committee Meetings

Plenary Session 4
New Methodologies and Precision/Personalized Medicine

Chairs: Medhat Askar, Vijaya Knight, and Lisa Peterson

8:30-9:15
The Future of Genomic Medicine
Anthony R. Gregg, M.D., MBA, FACOG, FACMG, Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia

9:15-10:00
The Future of Molecular Testing in Immunological Diseases
John Belmont, M.D., Ph.D., Genetics & Genomics Services, Inc.; Baylor College of Medicine

10:00
Break

10:30-11:15
Applications of Mass Cytometry: What can you Assess with 40+ Parameters per Single-Cell?
Elena Hsieh, M.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine

11:15-12:00
Application of Artificial Intelligence to Autoimmunity: Opportunities and Challenges
Michael Mahler, Ph.D., Werfen

12:00-1:30
Luncheon Seminar, sponsored by Werfen
Updates on Rheumatoid Arthritis Prediction and Prevention – and a Vision for the Future
Kevin D. Deane, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Emerging Biomarkers and Tools for Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Detection
Michael Mahler, Ph.D., Werfen

 

FREE AFTERNOON AND EVENING


Monday, August 16, 2021

7:30
Continental Breakfast – Committee Meetings

Plenary Session 5
Infectious Diseases (including a talk on COVID Updates and Vaccinations)

Chairs: Kamran Kadkhoda, John Schmitz and Eric Weimer

8:30-9:15
Novel Vaccine Formats and Immune Responses
Kevin Saunders, Ph.D., Duke University Human Vaccine Institute

9:15-10:00
Standardization of Immunologic Assays to Assess COVID-19 Vaccine Correlates of Protection
Richard A. Koup, M.D., Vaccine Research Center and Immunology Laboratory and Immunology Section, NIH

10:00
Break

10:30-11:15
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and its Role in U.S. Vaccine Policy
José R. Romero, M.D., FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS, FAAAS, Arkansas Secretary of Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

11:15-12:00 noon
COVID-19 Vaccines: Current Status and Future Directions
Larry Corey, M.D., University of Washington; Fred Hutch Clinical Research Division and Public Health Sciences Division

12:00
Closing Remarks