The inaugural MICS Meeting, was held July 27-30, 2016, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Canada. The meeting content centered on how the mucosal microbiota influences immune responses. The theme for the meeting was Microbiota and Mucosal Immunity: Rules of Engagement in Health and Disease.

The event commenced with a one-day course on July 27, aimed mainly at trainees. The course was based on the Principles of Mucosal Immunology textbook and was taught by a faculty team led by Dr. Phillip Smith, one of the textbook editors. A two and a half day interactive symposium followed, featuring fresh session formats for scientific talks and electronic poster sessions, alongside more traditional presentation formats.

ePosters at MICS!

New this year, SMI was proud to present oral ePoster presentations at MICS 2016. Sixteen authors were selected to present their work in this format during the Exhibit & Poster Session. Each presentation was dynamic and interactive, with a focus on Q&A and audience engagement. While there were only 16 ePosters presented, every abstract presenter was asked to submit an ePoster for an ePoster website. Access the ePoster site here to browse submitted abstracts.

Pictures of ePosters at MICS 2016.

Rising Stars in Mucosal Immunology

The SMI’s new “Rising Stars in Mucosal Immunology” program for graduate students and post-docs made its debut at SMI’s MICS 2016 meeting in Toronto. This program was designed to spotlight outstanding research done by SMI trainee members.

The five selected Rising Stars finalists in each category gave 15 minute oral presentations in dedicated Rising Stars oral sessions held in the morning and afternoon on Thursday, July 28th. Judges select two prize winners from the graduate student and post doctorate presentors. The winners repeated their talks for all MICS attendees at a plenary session on Saturday morning, July 30th.

Rising Stars in Mucosal Immunology is one of several new initiatives that will be introduced at MICS to promote the career development of trainee members of SMI. Rising Stars, the use of ePosters and a dedicated networking event for trainees are all designed to enhance sharing and discussion of the research being done by SMI’s junior members.

This years winners were Rimma Goldberg (graduate student), Erica Buonomo (graduate student), Ziad Al Nabhani (pot doctorate) and Kathryn Knoop (post doctorate).

Picture of Risings Starts winners with Ifor Williams.

From left to right: Kathryn Knoop, Ziad Al Nabhani, Ifor Williams, Rimma Goldberg and Erica Buonomo

MICS 2016 Co-Chairs

Ifor WilliamsEmory University
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Ken CroitoruUniversity of Toronto
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Gérard Eberl Institute Pasteur
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Dana PhilpottUniversity of Toronoto
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Phillip SmithUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
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