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Abstract Submission
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Abstracts Due by Feb 15, 2018

Abstract Topics
Immune Regulation
Host Protection
Innate Immune cells
Immunobiology for:

22nd Annual Woods Hole Immunoparasitology Meeting

15th – 18th April 2018

2018 Directors

Tracey Lamb, University of Utah

De’Broski Herbert, University of Pennsylvania

Important dates



Abstracts should be in a text file format. This should be a brief, single spaced description of the work to be presented that is less than 300 words. Authors and Co-authors are not listed on the Abstract, you will enter that information separately.


Prizes for the best abstracts will be awarded prizes courtesy of our sponsors:

American Association of Immunologists

Parasite immunology

American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene




Preliminary Program

Sunday 15th (4pm-6pm)

Including PLENARY SPEAKER Nicole Baumgarth

Monday 16th April (8.30am-5.30pm)

Including PLENARY SPEAKER Laurent Renia

Tuesday 17th April (8.30am-5.30pm)

Including PLENARY SPEAKER Avery August

Wednesday 18th April

Depart after a hearty Swope Center Breakfast



Each year we award to a few participants assistance to attend WHIP. There will be several travel scholarships available for the upcoming WHIP 2018 meeting scheduled for April 15th – April 18th 2018. Fellowship application details. Students from disease endemic countries are encouraged to apply.

WHIP 2018


Laurent Renia

A* Star Institute, Singapore Immunology Network

Malaria is one of the most serious infectious diseases of humans, with 300–600 million clinical cases and 1-2 million deaths annually. Adaptive immune responses in the host limit the clinical impact of infection and provide partial protection against pathogen replication; most infections are clinically silent, as a result. In non-immune individuals, infections are more clinically overt, and a minority of these can become severe or life threatening, manifesting a range of overlapping syndromes with complex aetiologies. Our objectives are two-fold: firstly, to identify correlates of protection or pathology during Plasmodium infection. This will allow us to determine whether the immune responses associated with specific antigens play a role in protection, and subsequently to identify the mechanisms of this protection. Secondly, we aim to define the basis of parasite sequestration and how the immune system can participate or interfere with this process.

Nicole Baumgarth

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

The Baumgarth Lab investigates the basic immunological mechanisms that regulate and control immunity to pathogens. They aim to reveal the signals that drive a protective B cell response and to determine how these responses might be derailed by certain pathogens. Two mouse models of infection are being studied: influenza virus and Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme Disease agent. They are interested also in understanding the development and the role and function of a small innate-like B cell subset, termed B-1 cells and the natural IgM this subset is producing.

Avery August

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

We are interested in the role of Tyrosine Kinases (TKs) in regulating the immune response, with the goal of using this information to manipulate immune responses. We are specifically interested in the Tec families of nonreceptor TKs and their role in regulation of T cell development, activation, differentiation and allergic asthma induction by Tec family kinases. We also have additional lines of research trying to understand the regulation of Mast cell activation and function by Tec family kinases as well as regulation of allergic airway inflammation by eosinophils.



Application for a WHIP 2018 travel fellowship

1. Applicants must be either registered graduate (PhD) students in the 2nd year of their PhD thesis or greater, or postdoctoral students with less than five years of experience in the field of immunoparasitology (in their current lab). Applications from parasitic disease-endemic countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

2. The applicant must submit an abstract and be willing to present their work as an oral or poster presentation at the conference

3. WHIP 2018 will reimburse travel costs and registration fees (including lodging and meals) for those awarded grants (up to a maximum of 1,500.00 USD).

4. Any award will be made entirely at the discretion of the WHIP 2018 selection committee.

5. Applications should include the meeting abstract, a copy of the applicant's CV and one letter of support from the applicant's supervisor briefly explaining the applicant’s qualifications and reasons for needing the award. Email your application packet (copy of abstract, CV and supervisor’s letter) to cc’d to

6. The deadline for submission is February 15th 2018.

7. Abstracts should be submitted when you register for WHIP on the website

8. Please check "WHIP 2018 Fellowship" on the registration page.

9. There will be no correspondence regarding unsuccessful applications. Awardees will be notified on or before March 15th 2018.