2nd Annual Research Retreat

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Thanks to the attendance and support of 110 registrants, the 2nd Annual Research Retreat of the Center for Inflammation & Mucosal Immunology was an immense success beyond our original expectations. We wish to thank the guest speakers who volunteered their highly valuable time to present lectures, and all members of the staff and faculty who assisted in organizing our retreat. Our center and the annual research retreat would not be possible without the aid of these key individuals.Additionally, we wish to thank the judges of the poster contest who evaluated all submitted posters and chose our three winners. Therefore, we congratulate the winners of the 2014 CIMI Annual Research Retreat Poster Contest:

3rd Place Priya Lakshmi, Biological Scientist, UF Diabetes Institute, for “Functional Evaluation of PTPN22 Modulation in Human T cells

2nd Place Meena Easwaran, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Periodontology, for “Role of Periodontal Pathogens in Induction of Atherosclerosis in LDLRnull Mice

1st Place Tyler Culpepper, Postdoctoral Associate, Food Science & Human Nutrition, for “Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2 ingestion Induces a Less Inflammatory Cytokine Profile and a Potentially Beneficial Shift in Gut Microbiota in Older Adults

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Please follow this link to view the event activity documented in photographs. We look forward to providing you with scientific activity in the format of meetings of the center featuring guest and faculty presentations, and we anticipate another year of growth for the center, which will allow us to provide larger and more prestigious events in the future.

Once again thanks to everyone who helped with the work behind the scenes of our meeting, as this assistance was invaluable.