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University of Alberta, Li Ka Shing Institute presents the LKSIoV/Gairdner Virtual Virology Symposium - Zooming in on COVID 19 and Other Viral Diseases. This free virtual symposium is focused on highlighting the most recent research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viral pathogens. This national conference, with an international presence, is a themed event that will spotlight pandemic preparedness, pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions / immune responses, vaccines and antivirals. The meeting will held from June 22 - 24. Visit here for more details.

 IUIS - Webinar Series

We are delighted to announce a new webinar series in collaboration with immunopaedia and Frontiers!

Encouraged by very successful series of 20 webinars that focusing on COVID-19 research developments that attracted more than 8,800 scientists from 86 countries, the webinars in 2021 will broaden the scope to cover a various hot topics in immunological research such as Autoimmunity, Infectious diseases and Allergology.

We look forward to seeing you at our next live webinar!

After a successful start of the IUIS second Webinar Series: Immunology without Borders, we are happy to announce the next live webinar on “Hyperinflammation: hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and macrophage activation syndrome” with Fabrizio de Benedetti on May 24! Visit here for details and registration.

Dear CSI Members,

Protests against anti-black racism and structural inequities have erupted in the US and spread globally. Anti-Black racism is not confined to the US, but is also pervasive in Canada. Systemic inequities are faced every day and in every aspect of life by Black, Indigenous, racialized and marginalized people in our communities.

The CSI commits to confronting racism and inequity directly and specifically. This begins by acknowledging that Black researchers, trainees and staff face systemic racism. That Indigenous, racialized and marginalized groups face systemic racism. That our academic systems must change, and that we will use our resources and yes, our privilege, to take action and work towards change.

We have four specific actions we are taking immediately, with further initiatives to be rolled out in the weeks and months to come.

  1. We are asking for a few people to step forward and co-lead and facilitate a conversation with our community about anti-black and anti-indigenous racism in Canadian academia.
  2. With our increased activity in social media during the pandemic and beyond, we will invite leaders and participants to step forward for a conversation on race in academia. Along with this, we will amplify the work and twitter voices of Black, Indigenous and racialized people.
  3. We are establishing a Travel award for trainees from these under represented groups to participate in the CSI annual meeting.
  4. We commit to increasing the diversity of our symposia and workshops to include people from racialized and marginalized groups in addition to the gender balance that we have been achieving.

When we are complacent, we are complicit. When we are silent, we are complicit. We must join the voices of those impacted by racism and structural inequity, and work to make change.

CSI Council

CSI will be advertising a variety of University Seminar Series from various institutions through our Members only login page. If you are interested in advertising your University series on our website, please send details to info@csi-sci.ca . Visit the University Seminar Series for more information.

Science education piece on COVID19 for older kids (featuring a few CSI members) called "No Mercy for the Coronas". Quite packed with info including immunology and vaccine development. Available in both French and English Visit: https://www.lalibertesciencesmagjunior.ca/

Dr. Ninan Abraham of The University of British Columbia

Peter Wall Institute @WallInstitute New Ways of Knowing podcast episode: @KalinaChristoff and guest @ninan_abraham1 (@UBCMicroImmuno & @ZoologyUBC), an expert on immunity to respiratory tract pathogens, discuss how the immune system protects us from pathogens like SARS-CoV-2. Listen here: https://pwias.ubc.ca/podcast/ways-knowing-episode-6-ninan-abraham


Dr. Jeanette Boudreau of Dalhousie University provide a great interview on immunity to COVID-19. Check it out:





On January 8, 2020, flight PS752 crashed in Tehran leaving no survivors. Dr. Forough Khadem was one of the bright lights we lost that day. 
Dr. Khadem completed her PhD in Immunology at the University of Manitoba under the guidance of Dr. Jude Uzonna. She was an active member of the CSI, giving of her time and energy as the lead student organizer during the CSI 2015 meeting in Winnipeg. In her honour, the University of Manitoba has established The Dr. Forough Khadem Scholarship to recognize outstanding international female graduate students in STEM disciplines. 
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Dr. Khadem and the 175 others taken in this tragedy.