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25-26th Mar 2024, Canberra

NOTE: Abstract submission and Registration has closed.


Oliver Bannard

Oliver is Associate Professor and Wellcome Senior Research Fellow at The Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. The Bannard Lab’s main interest is understanding how humoral immune responses develop and evolve in germinal centres. Oliver completed his postdoctoral training at The University of California San Francisco in the laboratory of Professor Jason Cyster and his PhD with Professor Douglas Fearon at the University of Cambridge.


Natalia Pikor

Dr. Pikor completed her PhD in the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Prof. Jennifer Gommerman. Her doctoral work unveiled the activation of meningeal fibroblasts during CNS autoimmunity, stirring her interest in stromal cell immunobiology, which she pursued in her post-doctoral studies with Prof. Burkhard Ludewig in Switzerland. This research focused on elaborating the molecular identity, inflammation-induced remodelling and immunological functions of B cell zone fibroblasts in relation to antiviral humoral immunity. Dr. Pikor has received career grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship, allowing her to establish her own group in a joint appointment with the ETH Zurich and the Kantonsspital St. Gallen. The Pikor lab is pursuing the role of fibroblasts both in secondary lymphoid organs with relation to B cell immunity, as well as in the CNS in the context of neurotropic viral infections. 

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Katherine Kedzierska

Prof Katherine Kedzierska is Deputy Head of Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Melbourne and Peter Doherty Institute.  She is also a NHMRC Investigator Fellow and Laboratory Head. Her research interests include human T cell immunity to pandemic, seasonal and newly emerged respiratory viruses, anti-viral immunity in the young, the elderly, pregnant women and Indigenous Australians, viral escape and generation of immunological memory in human viral infection. She also studies human immunity to SARS-CoV2 infection and vaccination.


Marcus Robinson

Dr Marcus Robinson works in the Monash Immunology Department, running the IgE and Plasma Cell Development Group.  Marcus' recent outputs highlight the importance of BCL6 in the selection of antigen-reactive B cells into immune responses, and defined the manner in which long-lived plasma cells are accrued and retained. Marcus maintains a focus on antibody responses in health, infection and vaccination settings, and continues to explore the regulation of IgE responses in allergy contexts.

Fall Foliage


Monday 25th March

9am - 9:30am

Meet & Greet

 JCSMR Foyer

9:30am - 1pm

Session 1 and 2

 Finkel Theatre

2pm - 5:30pm

Session 3 and 4

Finkel Theatre

6pm - 10pm

Conference Dinner

AAS Shine Dome

Tuesday 26th March

8:30am - 12:15am

Session 5 and 6

Finkel Theatre

1:15pm - 3pm

Session 7

Finkel Theatre




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We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

The Venue



The John Curtin School of Medical Research is Australia’s national medical research institute. We excel in multidisciplinary, translational medical research in fields including immunology, cancer, genomics, neuroscience, mental health, infectious diseases, obesity and metabolic disorders.

The City



Delight in a foodie wonderland with a side of world-class art, breathtaking nature and family fun all within easy reach. Take a heart-pumping hike or cycle the trails through one of the world’s most sustainable city. Top it off with a taste of the thriving cool-climate wine region. It’s more than you expect and it’s waiting for you.

The Dinner

@Shine Dome


The Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome and its custom-designed furniture were created to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science. It was the first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List, for its historical and architectural significance.

Kim Good-Jacobson

Local Organisers


Prof Ian Cockburn

Ian Cockburn received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in which he discovered a new malaria resistance gene among individuals in Papua New Guinea. In 2004 he moved to Johns Hopkins University where his post-doctoral work focused on CD8+ T cells and their ability to kill malaria parasites in the liver. HIs contributions include the first intravital imaging of pathogen killing in vivo, which paved the way for the identification of tissue resident T cells in the liver as major mediators of protection against malaria. Ian established his laboratory at the Australian National University in 2013 where he established a new program of research on B cell responses to malaria. Key achievements have been the biophysical analysis of antibody binding to the circumsporozoite protein, and the identification of the factors that regulate memory responses to malaria vaccines.


A/Prof Anselm Enders

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ABCD+ Steering Commitee

Kim Good-Jacobson

Adam Wheatley

Dimitra Zotos

Cindy Ma

Vanessa Bryant

Tri Phan

Kirsten Fairfax

Elissa Deenick

Joanne Reed

Amy Chung

Di Yu

Golden Leaves

Come Join Us

Mar 25-26, 2024 


NOTE - Abstract Submission and Registration has CLOSED. 


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