Kenneth Rainin Foundation
2023 Innovations Symposium
July 17-18, 2023 | Palace Hotel, San Francisco


Monday, July 17, 2023

7:15 AM Breakfast & Registration

8:15 AM Welcome

8:30 – 9:00 AM Richard Locksley, MD, UCSF, Innate Allergy and Small Intestinal Homeostasis

9:05 – 9:35 AM Megan Koch, PhD, Fred Hutch Cancer Center, Maternal IgG programs host-microbiota mutualism in early life

9:40 – 10:10 AM Fiona Powrie, PhD, University of Oxford, Translating immunology into new therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

10:15 – 11:40 AM Poster Session

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Moderated panel discussion with session speakers

12:20 – 1:45 PM Lunch

1:50 – 2:20 PM Julie Pfeiffer, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Circadian control of enteric virus infection

2:25 – 2:55 PM June Round, PhD, University of Utah School of Medicine, Adaptive immunity promotes mutualism between commensal fungi and host

3:00 – 4:25 PM Poster Session

4:30 – 5:00 PM Moderated panel discussion with session speakers

5:05 – 5:15 PM Tribute to Averil Ma and Adjournment

5:30 PM Reception

All times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast

8:15 – 8:45 AM Sarkis Mazmanian, PhD, Cal Tech, Gut-Brain Connections in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s disease

8:50 – 9:20 AM Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD, UCSF, Living at peace with our skin bacteria: early lessons and complexities during colitis

9:25 – 9:55 AM David Suskind, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Diet in IBD: the Role of Nutrition in Immune Balance

10:00 – 11:20 AM Poster Session

11:25 – 11:55 AM Moderated panel discussion with session speakers

12:00 – 1:15 PM Lunch

1:20 – 1:50 PM Daniel Mucida, PhD, Rockefeller University, CD4 T cell responses to food

1:55 – 2:25 PM Julie Magarian Blander, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine, Sensing inflammatory damage to the intestinal epithelium

2:30 – 3:00 PM Yasmine Belkaid, PhD, NIAID, Microbiome Control of Host Immunity

3:05 – 4:15 PM Poster Session

4:20 – 4:50 PM SAB moderated panel discussion with session speakers

4:50 – 5:00 PM Closing

Excellent symposium. Really enjoyed the format of an innovative lecture followed by an extensive and very interactive question and answer session.  Only thing better would have been to have it in person. Hopefully next year!– Garth Swanson, Professor, Physician, Scientist, Rush University Medical Center

Registration has ended.


Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Light shining out of the windows at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco at night.

All general sessions, including individual presentations and panel discussions, will take place in the Grand Ballroom.

All poster sessions, meals and reception will be in the Gold Ballroom.

For questions about the Symposium, please contact Health program staff.

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