2019 Annual Meeting


Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Annual Meeting in Atlanta! It was a very successful meeting breaking records in attendance, abstracts submitted, and fundraising.


The meeting began on Wednesday, April 3rd with the special symposium - Thymic Defects: From Biology to Treatment. The program featured 10 speakers who focused their talks on the many aspects of thymic biology, associated diseases, and optimal treatment options. The session concluded with a panel discussion featuring the invited speakers, as well as a summary of the Symposium and information on future action.


On Thursday, April 4th, the CIS Pre-Conference Education Day: PID & ID Diagnosis, Management and Publishing Case Reports kicked off with a Mastor Class in Humoral Immunodeficiencies by Lisa Kobrynski, MD and John Routes, MD. The day was filled with case presentations as well as several other master classes lead by Drs. Jennifer Heimall, Rebecca Marsh, Kate Sullivan and Troy Torgerson.


The Annual Meeting officially began on Thursday evening with the first and second Plenary Sessions, as well as the Robert A. Good Lecture by Peter Hotez, MD, PhD on "Refusal of Vaccination: Implications for Immunodeficient Patients in the Community". Friday, April 5th also brought an incredible CIS Rose/Fahey Lecture from Ajit Varki, MD on "Intrinsic Genetic Defects of Glycosylation in Humans As A Species, Compared With Other Close Evolutionary Relatives". Additionally, Saturday evening, prior to the closing reception, Dr. Steven Holland, MD delivered the Richard Schiff Lecture.


After the sessions and closing reception concluded on Saturday, the much anticipated CIS Talent Show, benefitting the CIS Foundation, took place featuring four separate acts. The Talent Show was emceed by Drs. Sergio Rosenzweig and Steve Holland, and including the following acts:

A Dance Performance: Ottavia Delmonte and Jenna Bergerson
Preparation of Homemade Olive Oil: Victoria Dimitriades
Rap Performance: Manish Butte
The ImmunoGoblins Band: Elie Haddad, Elizabeth Kang, Duke Dickerson, Mike Keller, Robert Nelson, Alexandra Freeman


Thank you to all those who attended and support the CIS year after year. The success of the meeting is completely dependent on those who attend and submit their science. For those who attended, CME and Certificates of Attendance are now available.