Symposium Schedule

The 4th Annual IDIGH  Symposium will be held on October 19, 2018. Details to follow.

Previous Symposium schedules:

Schedule – IDIGH Symposium on October 20, 2017

Time Speaker/
Affiliation Presentation or Activity
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm All All Registration & Networking
3:00 pm Marcel Behr


Bruce Mazer

Associate Leader
Professor, McGill University
Executive Director and CSO (Interim), RI-MUHC
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
3:05 pm Steven Holland Director, Division of Intramural Research
Immunodeficiency, Immune Dysregulation, and Immunotherapy: The I’s Have It
3:40 pm Chris Beyrer Desmond Tutu Prof of Public Health & Human Rights
Associate Director, JHU Center for AIDS Research
Immediate Past President
International AIDS Society
Professor, Johns Hopkins
HIV Interventions for Key Populations: the Challenges Ahead
4:15 pm All All Coffee Break
4:45 pm Megan Sykes Michael J. Friedlander Professor of Medicine
Director, Columbia Center for Translational Immunology
Director of Research, Transplant Initiative
Columbia University
A New Window into the Human Alloresponse
5:20 pm Gaston De Serres


Danuta Skowronski

Medical Epidemiologist
National Institute of Public Health
Professor, CRCHU/Laval University
Epidemiology Lead, Influenza & Emerging Respiratory Pathogens
Clinical Professor
BC Centre for Disease Control
Integrated Viral Genomic and Epidemiologic Evaluation of Suboptimal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness
6:10 pm Erwin Schurr Leader
Professor, McGill University
Closing Remarks, Door Prizes from VWR and Fisher and iPad mini 4 (provided by BioLegend)
6:15 pm All All Wine & Cheese

Symposium Program – September 23, 2016

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Please note that the registration for the symposium is closed as of September 9th, 2016 as the maximal seating capacity of the Amphitheatre has already been reached.

Time Speaker/
Affiliation Presentation or Activity
11:00 am Sponsor Product Show Begins at the Atrium
12:00 pm Lunch for Registrants by the Amphitheatre
Technology Workshop & Door Prizes in the Amphitheatre
1:00 pm Mathieu Larivière Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion Torrent AmpliSeq: Custom Design with Simplicity for Next Generation Sequencing
1:20 pm John Lesnick LABCYTE Moving Liquids with Sound: Transforming Life Science with the Echo Series of Acoustic Liquid Handlers
1:40 pm Brigitte Simons SCIEX Turn-key LC-MS with New Keys: An Up-To-Date Review of SCIEX’s iMETHODs for Pre-Configured and Kit-Based LC-MS Applications in Biomarker Validation.
2:00 pm Michael Smith Illumina Blood and Guts: The Convergence of Cancer and Microbial Applications of NGS
2:30 pm Coffee Break, Door Prizes and 1st iPad 4 64GB Draw Courtesy of PharmaMedSci in the Atrium
Symposium & Second iPad Draw in the Amphitheatre
3:00 pm Erwin Schurr Leader, IDIGH Program of
the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Professor, McGill University
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
3:05 pm Eric Cohen Professor, IRCM-UdeM
Director, Laboratory of Human Retrovirology
Leader, Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise (CanCURE)
HIV Accessory Proteins and HIV Persistence
3:40 pm Brian Ward Professor of Medicine & Microbiology, Division of Infectious Diseases, JD MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases, McGill University Dancing with Elephants: The Art of Surviving Academic-Industry Collaborations
4:15 pm Charles Wells Associate Vice President
Head of Development Infectious Diseases
Developing Infectious Disease Therapeutic Strategies and the Critical Role of Partnerships
4:50 pm Michel G. Bergeron Professor, Founder of the Centre de recherche en infectiologie de l’Université Laval From Bedside Needs to Innovation in Rapid Molecular Diagnostics
5:25 pm Vassili Papadopoulos CEO,  the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Professor, McGill University
Closing Remarks
5:30 pm 2nd iPad 4 Draw Courtesy of Novoprotein at the Amphitheater and Wine & Cheese at the Atrium

Past Symposium (September 18, 2015) Speakers and Program

Time Speaker/
Affiliation Presentation or Activity
1:00 pm All All Sponsor Product Show
3:00 pm Dr. Erwin Schurr Leader
RI-MUHC and McGill University
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
3:05 pm Dr. Mark Miller Chief Medical Officer
Great Ideas and Eureka Moments: The Difficult Path from Research to the Marketplace
3:40 pm Dr. Philippe Gros Vice-Dean, Life Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
McGill University
IRF Transcription Factors: Myeloid Cells Development and Susceptibility to Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases
4:15 pm All All Coffee Break, Door Prizes and 1st iPad Draw
4:45 pm Dr. Marc Ouellette Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) Scientific Director, CIHR Preparing and Responding to Emerging Threats of Global Importance at CIHR
5:20 pm Dr. Kenneth Mayer Director of Medical Research and Co-Chair of the Fenway Institute The Response to the AIDS Epidemic: A Paradigm for Other Initiatives in Global Health?
5:55 pm Dr. Vassili Papadopoulos CEO, RI-MUHC
McGill University
Closing Remarks
6:00 pm All All Wine & Cheese, 2nd iPad Draw