There are only a few days left to reserve your room at the ICMI hotel – The Renaissance Hotel Downtown – at the discounted event price! Visit the Registration & Housing page to make your reservation by June 23rd!


UPDATE: New Lunch Symposia Added!

Co-chairs Brian Kelsall and Marsha Wills-Karp are pleased to announce three additional lunch symposia sessions confirmed for ICMI 2017. These include:

  • Wednesday, July 19th – Immunobiology of the Female Reproductive Tract
    Sponsored by the American Society for Reproductive Immunology
  • Thursday, July 20th
    • Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, Stunting, and Oral Vaccine Efficacy
      Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • New Findings from Young Investigators at the National Institutes of Health
      Co-sponsored by the NIH Immunology Interest Group


Each session will include 2-3 presentations and run from 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Attendance will be limited to space available. To see a list of presentations and speakers, view the full schedule in the new ICMI Conference Planner.

ICMI 2017 Important Dates 

  • March 15th, 2017: Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Opens
  • April 17th, 2017: Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Closes
  • April 26th, 2017: Presenter Registration Deadline
  • May 5th, 2017: Advance Registration and Registration Cancellation Deadline
  • June 23th, 2017: Last day to receive the ICMI 17 group rate. All reservation must be in before 11:59 pm EST.
  • July 19-22nd, 2017: ICMI 2017, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington D.C.
  • August 22nd, 2017: Travel Award Reimbursements Due 

What is ICMI?

ICMI stands for International Congress of Mucosal Immunology. ICMI is the only meeting that focuses exclusively on the interface between the immune system and the environment  at mucosal surfaces. It is the perfect occasion for cross-fertilization between basic scientists, clinical researchers and industry professionals working on pathways of immunity and inflammation at mucosal surfaces.

Principles of Mucosal Immunology Course at ICMI 2017

As part of ICMI 2017 in Washington DC, the SMI has programmed a one day Principles of Mucosal Immunology Course, which will take place on Tuesday, July 18, before the main meeting begins on Wednesday.

The overall aim of this program is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of the immune system at mucosal surfaces. It will provide a broad overview of several core mucosal immunology topics and has been designed for graduate students and post-docs who have recently entered the field, as well as more experienced researchers who are interested in a concise refresher course.

To learn more, visit the ICMI 2017 Course page.

UPDATE: Statement From the Co-Chairs Regarding Recent Travel Ban 

“As co-chairs of ICMI 2017, we want to stress our commitment to our valuable colleagues of all nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations. Exclusive policies are not only fundamentally unfair, personally offensive, and contrary to the open and inclusive attitudes of the majority of citizens and prior policies of the USA, but also are harmful to the advancement of our field.”   Read the full statement here.

ICMI 2017 Co-Chairs

Brian Kelsall, MDBethesda, Maryland
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Marsha Wills-Karp, PhDBaltimore, Maryland
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  • Novel insights into the mucosal microbiome
  • Microbiota evolution and modern practices
  • Mucosal viral infection and HIV
  • IgA and mucosal vaccines
  • Innate immunity at mucosal surfaces
  • Autophagy, cellular stress & innate immunity
  • and much more!

What Members Say About ICMI

“I liked the size of the meeting. It was not too big, so interaction with the speakers and other participants was quite easy.” ICMI 2015 Attendee

“It is a very specialized meeting in which we can learn and collaborate in our specific field of research” ICMI 2015 Attendee

“I enjoyed many interesting talks and met world-leading scientists on mucosal immunology” ICMI 2013 Attendee

“Talks were very well organized, where the hottest and most current interests are covered” ICMI 2013 Attendee