Catalyzing change

Upcoming Symposium

The Food Allergy Science Initiative 4th Annual Symposium Mucosal Immunity Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Scientific Organizer
Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D.

Broad Institute 415 Main St. Cambridge, MA 02142

Registration coming soon!

Past Symposiums


Food Biology in Health and Disease

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Opening remarks
Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D., Yale University
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Nutritional priorities for health: New scientific directions
Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.PH., Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Discovery and engineering of plant chemistry for plant and human health
Elizabeth Sattely, Ph.D., Stanford University
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Dietary fiber and mucus-degrading bacteria in health and disease
Eric C. Martens, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
Mapping uncharted landscapes of host-microbiota connectivity
Noah Palm, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Mechanisms of oral tolerance breakdown in food allergy
Talal A. Chatila, M.D., Boston Children’s Hospital
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Immune responses to dietary antigen
Bana Jabri, M.D., Ph.D., University of Chicago
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Internal organ sensory systems
Stephen D. Liberles, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
A subliminal sense for calories
Diego V. Bohorquez, Ph.D., Duke University School of Medicine
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing remarks
Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D., Yale University

Neuro-immune Communications

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration & breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am
Opening remarks
Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D., Yale University
9:15 am – 10:00 am
Keynote: The Neural basis of sugar craving
Charles Zuker, Ph.D., Columbia University
10:00 am – 10:30 am
The Gut-Brain Axis and Reward
Ivan De Araujo, DPhil, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Neuro-immune interactions in the gut
Daniel Mucida, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University
11:15 am – 11:45 am
Neuronal Regulation of Innate Lymphoid Cells
Henrique Veiga-Fernandes, Ph.D., Champalimaud Centre for the
11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Regulation of intestinal inflammation
David Artis, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medical College
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Short talk: Neuroimmune Loops in the Initiation of Allergic Immune

Caroline Sokol, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Innate immune mechanisms regulating brain development
Anna Molofsky, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Microglia Diversity and Function in Health & Disease
Beth Stevens, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Lightning talk: CGRP negatively regulates alarmin-driven ILC2 responses
Antonia Wallrapp, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Neuron atlases as roadmaps to disease
Aviv Regev, Ph.D., Broad Institute
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Keynote: Nociceptor driven inflammation
Clifford Woolf, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital
4:00 – 4:05 pm
Closing remarks
4:05 pm – 6:00 pm
Poster session & reception

What Feeds Allergies?

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 am
Opening remarks
Eric S. Lander, Ph.D., Broad Institute
8:45 am – 9:30 am
Keynote: Ecological perspectives on food allergy
Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D.,
Yale University
9:30 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Precision medicine in food allergy: challenges and opportunities
Stephen J.
Galli, M.D.,
Stanford University School
of Medicine
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Mechanisms of food OIT
Kari Nadeau, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Food allergen thresholds and quantitative risk assessment: putting the science into

Joseph Baumert, Ph.D.,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Pathoetiology and genetics of recently emerging new food allergy disorder eosinophilic

Marc E.
Rothenberg M.D., Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Keynote: Innate allergy
Richard M. Locksley, M.D., University of
California, San Francisco
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Immune profiling of pediatric food allergic cohorts
M. Cecilia Berin, Ph.D.,

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Insights into the regulation of IgE B cells
Duane Wesemann, M.D., Ph.D.,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Protective antibody induction in peanut oral immunotherapy
Sarita Patil, M.D.,
Massachusetts General Hospital
3:00 -3:30pm
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Proactive management of food allergy
Stephanie Blum, Ph.D., Nestlé Health
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Finding cures for food allergy from traditional herbal medicine
Jing-ke Weng,
Ph.D., Whitehead Institute
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Symposium 2015: Current State of Food Allergy Research

7:30 – 8:00
8:00 – 8:30
David Altshuler, Vertex Pharmaceutials
8:30 – 9:00
State-of-the-State in Food Allergy Research: Basic to Translational
Talal Chatila, Boston Children’s Hospital
9:00 – 9:30
State-of-the-State in Food Allergy Research: Translational to Clinical
Wayne Shretfler, Massachusetts General Hospital
9:30 – 10:00
Understanding the Role of Genetics and the Microbiome: Lessons from IBD
Ramnik Xavier, Massachusetts CieneraI Hospital
10:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:00
Deciphering Immune Circuitry: From Autoimmunity to Food Allergy Regulation of Th2 Response by Regulatory T Cells
Aviv Regev, Broad institute/MIT
11:00 – 11:30
Regulation of Th2 Response by Regulatory T Cells
Vijay Kuchroo, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
11:30 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:00
Elucidating Allergen-induced Immune Responses
Ruslan Medzhitoy, Yale University
1:00 – 1:30
Synthetic Vaccine Particles for Immune Modulation and Immune Tolerance
Kei Kishimoto, Selecta Biosciences