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December 4, 2015
Vol. LXVII, No. 25


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Mider Lecture Features NIAID Immunologist Germain, Dec. 9

Dr. Ronald Germain, chief of the Laboratory of Systems Biology and the lymphocyte biology section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and associate director, Trans-NIH Center for Human Immunology, Autoimmunity and Inflammation, will deliver the annual G. Burroughs Mider Lecture as part of the 2015–2016 NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. His talk, “Imaging Immunity,” will be held on Dec. 9, 3-4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Dr. Ronald Germain

Germain received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976, the latter degree for research with Baruj Benacerraf, recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Since that time, Germain has investigated basic immunobiology, first on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and since 1982 at NIH. He sits on several academic scientific advisory boards and co-founded the NIH immunology interest group and NIH systems biology interest group. Germain and his colleagues have made key contributions to our understanding of major histocompatibility complex class II molecule structure-function relationships, the cell biology of antigen processing and the molecular basis of T cell recognition. More recently, his laboratory has been focused on the relationship between immune tissue organization and dynamic control of adaptive immunity at both the initiation and effector stages.

Germain’s lecture will have many fascinating images of the immune system. The immune system has three major components involving barrier function, innate immunity and adaptive immunity; his talk will integrate information on all three levels to develop a comprehensive picture of how the immune system operates to provide host protection against infection.

The Mider lecture, established in 1968, recognizes an NIH intramural scientist’s outstanding contributions to biomedical research and honors the first director of NIH laboratories and clinics. For lecture information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747 or

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