Symposium on Immunology of Human Diseases


Supported by New Mexico Consortium and Los Alamos National Laboratory

Venue: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, NM, USA

Dates: July 28-31, 2019

Immune systems, including both innate and adaptive immunity, sense, signal, and counter dangers posed by deadly pathogens, cancer, and environmental insults. Often, the outcomes of disease resolution are not always perfect in that immune dysregulation is caused by or linked to the development of autoimmunity, inflammatory diseases, chronic infections, neurological disorders, and cancers.  Due to rapid advances in molecular, cell, genome, and theoretical biology, researchers are able to define and model immune regulation or dysregulation and successful or defective immune response with increasing resolution and sophistication. These advances in the research of immunology of human diseases have an ever-increasing influence on translational studies aimed at developing more effective immunotherapies for disease treatment and prevention.

One year ago, we organized the Symposium on Synthetic Immunity in Santa Fe, NM to learn about new advances in our current understanding and modeling of disease biology and application of immunotherapy for disease treatment and prevention.  Because of the success of this symposium, the Organizing Committee and the Advisory Board have recommended that we organize and hold another symposium focused on “Immunology of Human Diseases”. Therefore, we will gather leading experts and early career researchers (junior faculty, post-docs, and students) from universities, national laboratories, and industries to present and discuss recent advances in basic and translational science related to the Immunology of Human Diseases. The Symposium will provide an environment of relaxed and lively interaction to foster learning, discussion, and collaboration, all within the beautiful setting of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We hope you will participate in the Symposium on The Immunology of Human Diseases. All our participation will make this year's Symposium another huge success.

Note that the night of July 29, 2018 is set aside for the Santa Fe Opera, which is an experience of a lifetime. Please join us.

Organizing Committee

Michael Gale, Jr.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA

Goutam Gupta
New Mexico Consortium
Los Alamos, NM, USA

Peter J.  Murray
Max Planck Institute

Gabriel Núñez
University of  Michgan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Carmen Molina-Paris
University of Leeds

Silke Paust
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, CA, USA

Ruy M Ribeiro
Universidade de Lisboa
Lisboa, Portugal

Sunny Shin
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Christina Stallings
Washington University
St. Louise, MO, USA

Advisory Board

Steven Buelow
New Mexico Consortium
Los Alamos, NM, USA
Vojo Deretic
Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism Center UNM
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Farrah Kheradmand
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, USA
Marc Jenkins
University of Minnesota
Alan Perelson
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM, USA
Alan Sher
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA


NMC Participates in LANL Networking Social



Shannan Schnedler of the NMC speaks with interested attendees. Photo by Carrie Talus.

The New Mexico Consortium participated in the Project Y hosted Networking Social for LANL postdocs to meet with and talk to companies from around the state of New Mexico. This event gave LANL  postdocs and students a chance to connect with local and regional employers. Attendees heard a brief overview from each company and then met with employers individually. This event was held at Project Y, Los Alamos from 4-6pm on September 27, 2018.

Workshop on Alzheimer's Research in New Mexico 2018


The first workshop on Alzheimer's Research in New Mexico will be held on May 9, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuqueque.

This workshop, sponsored by the New Mexico Consortium, seeks to advance collaborations in basic science, clinical, and epidemiological research of Alzheimer's desease and other related dementias. This workshop is for scientific researchers working in this field to share results from past and current studies and to discuss future research directions.

The Alzheimer's Research in New Mexico Workshop is limited to 60 participants and although there is no fee to attend, registration is required. Please register by April 30, 2018. To learn more go to the Alzheimer's Research in New Mexico Workshop home page to learn more.

Register here.


NSF Day New Mexico

The National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of New Mexico (UNM) and New Mexico's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR), are pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming NSF Day New Mexico to be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, on the UNM main campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NM EPSCoR is sponsoring attendance (registration and possibly travel) of those who have participated in one of our funded projects, and we can provide a limited number of travel scholarships to others at NM academic institutions. Please email if you are interested in attending and receiving registration and/or travel assistance.

Go to for event details and registration.

NSF Days provide information, contacts, and tips to help researchers be more successful in obtaining NSF funding. This day-long workshop will provide background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget.

This is an excellent opportunity for faculty and postdoctoral researchers across New Mexico to engage with NSF representatives about competing for NSF funding for science, engineering and education research.

NSF Director France A. Córdova is slated to provide remarks at this event.

Throughout the day, NSF representatives will lead sessions geared towards proposal writing, the NSF merit review process, and programs that fall within NSF's scientific, engineering and education directorates, as well as funding opportunities that cross disciplinary boundaries. In addition, researchers will have time to discuss informally their science and education research interests with participants from institutions across the state.

In advance of this event, please watch the video on NSF's merit review process.

We look forward to seeing you at #NSFDayNM!

Art Meets Biological Science Symposium

The I Love Life Symposium is a two-day symposium sponsored in part by the New Mexico Consortium. This mini-symposium will be held at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) April 13th and 14th, 2018 to explore biodiversity and genetics through the lens of art and science.
Join us and register today by clicking here.
The symposium will feature four interdisciplinary speakers from across the nation in conversation with local experts in the fields of art and science. In addition to keynotes, round-table discussions and performances will bring diverse voices to the symposium.
This event provides an entry point for scientists and nonscientists to more deeply engage with the social, ethical, and philosophical questions posed by genetic science and biotechnology.
In addition to daytime programming at the NMHM, Friday April 13th will feature a LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) hosted at the Santa Fe Art Institute. The LASER will feature works and talks by visiting artists Victoria Vesna and Allison Kudla, and local artist Ana MacArthur.

Finally, a small group will tour locations in Los Alamos including the New Mexico Consortium and Bradbury Museum.

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