International Conference on Innate Immune Memory

Please note that this conference has been postponed until further notice. Additional details to follow.


Drs. Sylvia & Richard Cruess Amphitheatre & Elspeth McConnell Atrium
1001 boul. Décarie, Montréal, QC, Block E


New Date To Be Announced


Immunological memory is a protective host defense strategy against infectious diseases previously thought to only exist in species with adaptive immune systems. However, it has recently become clear that the innate immune system of primitive and advanced species also exhibits memory-like characteristics, a trait termed “trained immunity”. This conference will focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying trained immunity, from its evolutionary roots to its clinical relevance for vaccine development and therapeutic targeting. By bringing together an international group of investigators and trainees, this meeting will advance the dialogue and scientific networks related to the nascent field of trained immunity and its relevance for health and disease.


Confirmed Speakers & 
Session Chairs
Keynote Speakers

Marcel Behr

McGill University

William Bishai

Johns Hopkins
Uwe Conrath
RWTH Aachen University

Melanie Hamon
Institut Pasteur 

Katherine King

Baylor College of Medicine

Irah King

McGill University
Joachim Kurtz

University of Münster
Musa Mhlanga

University of Cape Town
Basil Petrof

McGill University
Maria-Carla Saleh

Institut Pasteur
Erwin Schurr

McGill University
Donald Sheppard

McGill University
Miguel Soares

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
Fil Swirski

Harvard University
Zhou Xing

McMaster University

Max Cooper
Emory University
Recipient of the 2019 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Mihai Netea
Radboud University
Bali Pulendran
Stanford University



Organizing Committee


Luis Barreiro

Chicago University

Maziar Divangahi

McGill University

Shabaana Khader

Washington University

Mihai Netea
Radboud University





Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration deadline: October 15, 2020 - please see registration tab 
Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2020 - please see submission tab


  Before or on August 3, 2020 After August 3, 2020
Research Trainee or Fellow 250 $ CAD 300 $ CAD
Principal Investigators and Health Care Professionals 500 $ CAD 600 $ CAD



Organizing Committee


Maziar Divangahi, PhD
McGill University
Luis Barreiro, PhD
University of Chicago
Shabaana A. Khader, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
Mihai Netea, MD/PhD
Radboud University


November 12-13 2020

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
1001 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H4A 3J1

February 4, 2020 00:00 EST to October 15, 2020 16:00 EDT
February 5, 2020 00:00 EST to September 30, 2020 23:45 EDT
February 5, 2020 00:00 EST to September 30, 2020 23:45 EDT
Oral or Poster (no preference)
February 5, 2020 00:00 EST to September 30, 2020 23:45 EDT
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