Signature event

Infection and Immunity Week

November 29, 2021 to December 3, 2021


The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) invites you to attend Infection and Immunity Week, a McGill Bicentennial Signature Event, featuring international keynote speakers, MI4 researchers and McGill students.

Whether it’s the current COVID-19 pandemic, antimicrobial resistance, emerging zoonotic infections and more, Infection and Immunity Week will celebrate innovation and solutions to tackle infectious and immune threats to human health.

Our week of activities include:

  • International Speakers
  • Keynote speaker viewing party
  • Workshops
  • Symposiums
  • Student Research Day


Prof. Ugur Sahin
Dr. Arturo Casadevall
Dr. Gretchen Diehl
Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova


Dr. Samantha Gruenheid
Dr. Eric Pamer
Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe
Dr. Emily Jenkins Dr. Emily Jenkins


Monday, November 29 (Day)

Towards Personalized Infection Medicine: from molecules to patients to communities

MI4 – Helmholtz Symposium

8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

An exchange of perspectives on personalized medicine, as it pertains to infection diseases, between physicians and scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany and McGill University.

  • Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNTech
  • Speakers, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research: Prof. Chase Beisel, Prof. Yang Li, Prof. Gérard Krause
  • Speakers, McGill University: Dr. Don Vinh, Dr. Patricia Fontela, Dr. Alexandra de Pokomandy
  • Audience: Scientific
  • Location: Online
  • Event Agenda


Monday, November 29 (Evening)

Humans and Microbes: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

Keynote Viewing Party and Official Launch of Infection and Immunity Week

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

We welcome you to join us virtually for Dr. Arturo Casadevall’s keynote lecture and official launch of Infection and Immunity Week.

MI4 will set the tone for the week of events and outline why Infection and Immunity is so important in our world today, whether it’s the current COVID-19 pandemic, antimicrobial resistance, emerging zoonotic infections and other current topics.

  • Speaker: Dr. Arturo Casadevall (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
  • Audience: General
  • Location: McGill Faculty Club and online


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Tuesday, November 30

One Health: Defining Specific Actions to Face Emerging Zoonotic Infections

Combined Workshop from the JD MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases and the McGill Centre for Viral Diseases

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This interactive high-level workshop brings together clinicians, basic scientists, funders and policymakers with a mix of plenary and break-out sessions. The session will define the specific actions points concerning parasitic, viral, and bacterial emerging infections seen through the lens of One Health pillars. Our goal is to provide an actionable agenda for researchers, funders and policymakers.

  • Speaker: Dr. Emily Jenkins
  • Audience: Scientific, general
  • Location: Online


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Wednesday, December 1

New Frontiers in Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases

McGill University Research Centre on Complex Traits (MRCCT) Symposium

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This symposium presents ongoing innovative research performed by new and senior MRCCT investigators, as well as international collaborators who are leaders in the study of inflammatory diseases. Two international speakers will also provide updates on the mechanisms of inflammation in COVID-19. While we explore novel perspectives on the mechanisms underlying the development of inflammatory diseases, we also highlight ground-breaking research ongoing at McGill University.

  • Speakers: Dr. Gretchen Diehl and Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova
  • Audience: Scientific
  • Location: Online


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Thursday, December 2

Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbiome Symposium

Combined symposium by the McGill Antimicrobial Resistance Research Centre and the McGill Centre for Microbiome Research

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This dynamic virtual event features a video on research at McGill, graduate student presentations in the style of “3 minutes thesis”, two keynote lectures and a panel discussion on the future of Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbiome research, considering also a one-health perspective.

  • Speakers: Dr. Eric. Pamer (University of Chicago), Dr. Ilana L. Brito (Cornell University)
  • Panelists: Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe (University of Guelph, co-founder of NuBiyota), Dr. Ed Topp (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Dr. B. Jesse Shapiro (McGill University)
  • Audience: Scientific, general
  • Location: Online
  • Event Agenda


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Friday, December 3

Infection and Immunity Symposium Student Day

Student Research Day

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Infection and Immunity Symposium Student Day features three main sessions throughout the day and showcases the innovative student research in infection and immunity at McGill, while also providing opportunities for students to network and discuss future opportunities in research and beyond.

  • Speaker, first session: Dr. Samantha Gruenheid
  • Speakers, second session: Dr. Susanna Harris (Science Communicator), Dr. Ritu Dhand (Vice-President, Editorial, Nature Journals), Sarwat Khan (Scientist, Nexelis)
  • Audience: Students, faculty, McGill alumni
  • Location: Online
  • Agenda
  • Theme-based schedule


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