Katie, Jooyoung, and I drove to Chicago to attend the 2019 Autumn Immunology Conference. I had to arrive early on Friday to attend the Executive Council meeting, so the girls got to spend an extra afternoon hanging out in Chicago, which is always fun. John Wherry gave a fabulous keynote talk the first night. Katie presented a poster on our Apolipoprotein E project. Her abstract was selected as the best in the "Host Response to Pathogens" workshop, and she given an AAI Young Investigators Award! She did a great job during her 10 minute talk, and that night we celebrated with a great tapas meal at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. On the way home we stopped off at the Fair Oaks Farm complex in Indiana for lunch. This is always a great meeting, especially for trainees, and this year was no exception.
John Brummell and Jeff Farber really did a great job of hosting this year's meeting in Toronto. I was able to reconnect with many friends in the field, and met quite a few new people as well. The venue at the the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at the Hospital for Sick Kids was top notch, and the the food at the meeting, the Speaker's banquet at Canoe and the Gala Dinner at the Royal Ontario Museum were all great. The variety of talks we heard throughout the conference, from epidemiological details on the recent polony outbreak in South Africa to the latest cell biology discoveries using Listeria as a tool were fantastic. I'm looking forward to attending the next meeting in New Zealand!
Several members of the D'Orazio lab attended the annual American Society for Microbiology Microbe Meeting in San Francisco, CA from June 20-24th, 2019.
Undergraduates Taylor Senay and Katie Alexander were both authors on a poster presentation entitled "Neurotropic strains of Listeria monocytogenes disseminate to the brain without reaching high titer in the blood." ASM Microbe is a huge meeting, and can be a bit overwhelming, but I think both students really enjoyed seeing so many aspects of the field of Microbiology represented, as they contemplate their future career paths.