Program 2021

Moderators of the symposium: Vanessa Harris and Jan van den Bossche

Introduction and welcome by AII directors: Yvette van Kooyk and Theo Geijtenbeek.
Kwok-Yung Yuen: Covid19 and other pandemics: a first-hand account from China
Miguel Soares: Disease tolerance
Parallel sessions Session Cancer Immunology - Moderator: Dorian Stolk
  • Alsya Affandi: CD169 defines activated CD14+ monocytes with enhanced CD8+ T cell activation capacity

  • Else Huijbers: A novel cancer immunotherapy; vaccination against tumor vascular extracellular vimentin

  • Branka Popovic: Dynamic RNA binding protein interactions to cytokine mRNA govern human T cell effector function

  • Tamara Verkerk: Expression of neolacto-series glycosphingolipids by tumors impairs the function of low-affinity immune receptor-ligand pairs.

Session Infectious Diseases – Moderator Marit van Gils
  • Marta Bermejo-Jambrina: Infection and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 depends on heparan sulfate proteoglycans

  • Willianne Hoepel: Hyper-inflammation in severely ill COVID-19 is induced by early phase anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG and can be specifically counteracted by FDA/EMA-approved small molecule inhibitors

  • Anusca Rader: Modelling intestinal HIV-1 transmission using a novel gut-epithelial-immune cell co-culture organoid model

  • Elke Wynberg: Evolution of COVID-19 symptoms during the first 9 months after illness onset

Session Inflammatory Diseases – Moderator Maarten Steinz
  • Hung-Jen Chen: Interferon signaling controls immune complex-mediated hyper-inflammation by alveolar macrophages in severely ill COVID-19 patients

  • Max Grönloh: Endothelial cell heterogeneity determines neutrophil transmigration hotspots and limits vascular leakage

  • Sanne Mol: Hyaluronic acid in synovial fluid in inflamed joints inhibits neutrophil activation

  • Laura Boekel: Patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases are at increased risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization: data from a prospective controlled cohort study

    Awards best presentation parallel sessions:
  • Session Cancer Immunology: Alsya Affandi
  • Session Infectious Diseases: Anusca Rader
  • Session Inflammatory Diseases: Laura Boekel
Laurence Zitvogel: Cancer Immunology
Hanneke Schuitemaker: Vaccine development
Panel discussion – Moderator Derk Amsen

Panel members: Ron Fouchier, Hanneke Schuitemaker and Menno de Jong

Award ceremony best presentation parallel sessions & AII postdoc grant 2021
Best presentation parallel sessions:
  • Session Cancer Immunology: Alsya Affandi
  • Session Infectious Diseases: Anusca Rader
  • Session Inflammatory Diseases: Laura Boekel
AII postdoc grant 2021:
  • Kornel Golebski, Respiratory Medicine: Understanding the role of unconventional inflammatory ILC2s in pathologies of the airways
  • Kwinten Sliepen, Medical Micobiology: Membrane-bound E1E2 as template for hepatitis C virus vaccine design