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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
11:30 AM - 6:15 PM
Albert Sherman Center Auditorium
UMass Chan Medical School

Program At-A-Glance

Innate Immunity Day 2022 Speakers

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Robert FinbergEvent Information

Dr. Robert Finberg’s distinguished career as a physician, infectious disease researcher, and teacher spanned four decades. He was a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology and the Program in Innate Immunity, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School for 21 years. This year, the Program in Innate Immunity will host the annual symposium, “Innate Immunity Day,” in honor of Dr. Finberg.  

Please join us to celebrate his numerous contributions to not only UMass Chan and UMassMemorial, but to the field and to the many others who had the honor of working with him throughout his career. *Event pre-registration is required. Please see important note below for visitors to the UMass Chan campus.

Important Note to Visitors:

Visitors to the UMass Chan campus are required to register through the SV3 campus visitor registration system ahead of the symposium, and will also need to complete a health questionnaire, show their COVID vaccination card, and show their photo ID on the day of the event.

After you register for the event, if you have indicated you are not a UMass Chan/UMass Memorial Health employee or student, you will be sent an email with further instructions within a week of your registration. Please watch your inbox for details.

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Finberg Fund

Due to the incredible generosity of colleagues, family and friends of Bob an endowed fund is being established: Robert W. Finberg, MD Memorial Lecture: Pandemics, Plagues and Viruses. Please consider donating today.

About Innate Immunity Day

The PII sponsors an annual, Innate Immunity Day, on the UMass Chan Medical School campus, where international leaders in the field of innate immunity are invited to present their latest research. These symposiums also often feature oral and poster presentations by UMass Chan students and post-doctoral fellows.

Past symposiums have featured:

  • Luke O’Neill, PhD
    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  • Jules Hoffmann, PhD (Nobel Laureate)
    Molecular and Cellular Biology Institute, Strasbourg, France

  • Gary Ruvkun, PhD
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
    Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

  • Andrew Luster, MD, PhD
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

  • Kensuke Miyake, PhD
    University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Jonathan Kagan, PhD
    Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

  • Daniel Stetson, PhD
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Virginia Pascual, MD 
    Gale and Ira Drukier Institute for Children’s Health, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

  • Beth Stevens, PhD
    Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

  • Marco Colonna, MD
    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

  • Frederic Geissmann, MD, PhD
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

International Toll Conferences

The International Toll Conferences aim to present recent advances on Toll and Toll-like receptors and related molecules in innate immunity. These meetings are held approximately every 2-3 years and are a unique opportunity for communication and networking between world-class faculty, ranging from developmental biologists to translational scientists, and new and established researchers in the field. Past conferences have been held in Italy, Brazil, Portugal and Spain. Please check back for upcoming conference dates.