Contact: Alexander Shtifman
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This fall PCMM/IDI returned to the familiar SeaCrest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, MA for the 2010 annual scientific retreat.  From Sunday, Sept. 12th through Tuesday, Sept. 14th, over 220 attendees made the trip to Cape Cod.  Our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) joined us for 48 hours worth of talks and poster sessions by our Principal Investigators and members of their labs.

On the first day, our President and Director Fred Alt presented a video made by Children's Hospital highlighting the careers of himself and fellow investigators Judy Lieberman, Mike Carroll, Tim Springer and Uli von Andrian.  The video was put together through the efforts of the Children's Hospital Trust (PCMM/IDI at Children's Hospital).

Alexander Rudensky, a member of the Immunology Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a Howard Hughes Investigator, gave the keynote lecture on Monday night.  On Tuesday morning, the session was dedicated to projects funded by Glaxo-Smith-Kline (GSK; GSK affiliation).  Mark Bodmer, head of GSK's Immuno-Inflammation Center for Excellence in Drug Discovery, followed the presentations with an outline of the work from his group and his hopes for future mutual collaborations.

After a complete review and careful deliberations, the SAB picked twelve winners of the 2010 Poster Awards.  This year lab members produced 103 posters for the retreat, outpacing last year's output by six.  The winners were Hozefa Bandukwala, Micah Benson, Isabel Beerman, Steeve Boulant, Dinis Calado, Chunguang Guo, Feilong Meng, Li-Zhi Mi, Shahin Ranjbar, Elisabeth Vollman, Lee Adam Wheeler and Nan Yan.

The Cellmates band led by SAB member Richard Flavell was back to fire up the crowd on Sunday night.  The Lab Rats from PCMM/IDI - Tim May and James Falvo - opened the night of music for them.  On Monday night, Fred Alt and his bluegrass band The Pogies provided the entertainment before turning it over to the DJ.

A scientifically exciting and good time was had by all.

Special thanks go to Tom Kirchhausen, who served as the master-of-ceremonies, and to Zac DiPasquale, Peggy Bradley, Rachelle Rosenbaum and Ryan Dietz, who were involved in putting this event together.  Several people helped on-site including Tim May, Amanda Majewski, Judy Needham, Linda Lynch, and Susan Boches.  Our sincerest appreciation goes out to our sponsors GSK, Medimmune, Novo Nordisk, Research Blood Components, Pulsar Clinical Technologies, BioSciences Research Associates, and Drs. Sherwin Kevy and May Jacobson.