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Science and Innovation Center

The Science and Innovations Center (SIC) is a forum for all scientists, without regard to research topic or training, and researchers to meet, network, learn, and relax and recharge. The SIC offers innovative and basic science presentations that highlight exciting new topics and techniques. The Science & Innovation Center is organized by representatives of Assemblies on: Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation (AII), Pulmonary Infections and Tuberculosis, (PI-TB), Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (RCMB), and Respiratory Structure and Function (RSF).

Please join us for these scheduled virtual events! Click on the links below to register.


Topic: Beyond Alum and Capsular Polysaccharides

When: Tuesday, June 30, 5 p.m. ET
For: PhDs, MDs, Nurses, Early Career Professionals
Session Description: Current vaccines to protect against bacterial and viral pneumonias rely largely based on humoral immunity and target surface epitopes of pathogens. For example, pneumococcal vaccines only cover less than 25% of known serotypes. This session will highlight limitations of past vaccination strategies and novel research aimed at taking advantage of T cell responses as well as humoral immunity.
Moderator: Alexa Pragman, MD, PhD (Minneapolis VA Medical Center)


  • Elizabeth Norton, PhD (Tulane School of Medicine)
  • Jay Kolls, MD, ATSF (Tulane School of Medicine)




Topic: Lung Regeneration

When: Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m. ET
For: Designed for PhDs, Research Scientist, Clinicians, Nurses and Early Career Professionals
Session Description: Can the lungs regenerate? Does aging contribute to the ability of damaged lungs to self-repair? Come by the SIC to hear Dr. Purushothama Tata discuss the latest findings in stem cell biology. He is a rising star in the field of cell plasticity and regeneration of injured lungs, having published in top journals such as Nature, Development and Cell Stem Cell.
Moderator: Elizabeth Redente, PhD (National Jewish Health) and David Lagares, PhD, MSc (Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases Massachusetts General Hospital)


  • Purushothama Rao Tata, MSc, PhD (Duke University School of Medicine)




Use of Big Data in Translational Research

When: Wednesday, July 22, 1 p.m. ET
For: PhDs, MDs, Nurses, Early Career Professionals
Session Description: Drs. Churpek and Verhoef will discuss the use of big data, machine learning, and AI to personalize medical care through the identification of prediction models in the areas of sepsis and acute deterioration among hospitalized patients.
Moderator: Valerie Press, MD, MPH, ATSF (University of Chicago Medicine)


  • Philip A Verhoef, PhD, MD, ATSF (Kaiser Permanente Hawaii)
  • Matthew Churpek, MD, MPH, PhD, ATSF (University of Wisconsin-Madison)



Please visit the Science and Innovation Center website to see past recordings of SIC webinar series.