NICER Consortium

2020 NICER Virtual Symposium

2020 NICER Virtual Symposium

Virtual Symposium

The Bug and the Beast: Infection and the Wayward Immune System

Keynote Speaker: David Fajgenbaum, MD 

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020

Time: 11:00a-5:00p EST

Format: Zoom

Abstract Submission: Open until 9/7/2020

We are excited to host the a virtual version of the NICER Symposium this year that will feature interactive panel discussions, guided poster walks, patient case reviews and break out sessions in addition to the key note address for a fully interactive educational experience. After completing this activity, participants will be able to better anticipate and assess the impact of infectious insults on the host immune response.

The learning objectives for this session include:

  1. 1.Understand the infectious triggers and biologic pathways that results in an amplified immune response. 
  2. 2.Identify strategies for mitigating hyperinflammatory responses secondary to infectious etiologies.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and North American Immuno-Hematology Clinical Education and Research Consortium. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Given the financial stressors associated with the COVID19 pandemic, NICER is pleased to provide this year’s virtual symposium free of charge. For those registrants who are able and interested, we recommend considering a donation to our non-profit partner, Race for Immunology, to support our NICER-Blueprint Genetics-Race for Immunology collaboration to improve access to genetic testing for our immuno-hematology patients. Registrants are also encouraged to participate in the associated virtual race facilitated by Race for Immunology.

NICER Virtual Symposium Abstract Preparation and Submission

Abstracts are submitted online by completing the form below.

Important Information for Abstract Submission

Contact: Cynthia Rose (Administrative Symposium Coordinator) 734.232.9335;

Abstract Policies

• Abstracts detailing clinical and/or basic science research in the fields of immunology and/or hematology will be accepted for review.
• Abstracts recently presented within 6 month preceding the NICER symposium or currently submitted to future regional or national meetings are acceptable. If an abstract was presented or planned to be presented at a different conference, you must submit the name, date, and location of the conference with your abstract submission to the NICER symposium.
• Abstracts will not be reviewed if received after the abstract deadline of September 7, 2020. Abstract review will be completed by September 11, 2020.
• Abstracts are peer-reviewed and ranked on the basis of scientific merit. The Program Committee will use these rankings to develop the final meeting program (oral and poster presentations).

Poster and platform presentation policies:
• Authors must be prepared to provide an oral presentation of their abstract if selected by the Program Committee to do so. Given the virtual format, presenters should be prepared to provide a pre-recorded oral presentation to minimize the risk of technology malfunctions.
• Authors must inform the Program Committee immediately if unable to present (oral or poster). Authors may confer with the Program Committee to designate a corresponding author to present, or may choose to retract the abstract.
• All abstracts submitted will be published in the NICER Symposium proceedings / online program book.

Informed consent and disclosure: Investigators should consider and disclose potential conflicts of interest in connection with papers presented at the symposium.
• Disclosures will be published in the NICER Symposium proceedings / online program book.

Instructions for Abstract Formatting

  1. Title and Authors. The title should be brief, clearly indicating the nature of the study. CAPITALIZE ENTIRE TITLE. State all author’s initials and last names followed by their institutional affiliations, city, and state. Enter an asterisk (*) next to the “presenting” author only. Do not include street address or zip codes.
  2. Abstract. There is a 1,500 character limit, including spaces.
  3. Abbreviations. Place nonstandard abbreviations in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears. Do not use abbreviations in the abstract title.
  4. Patient Identifiers. All identifying patient information must be removed from the abstract.
  5. Disclosures. Please enter all relevant financial relationships. You may be contacted to provide more information.

Note: A confirmation email will be sent to the individual who submitted the abstract within 1-2 business days of the submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email, or you encounter problems submitting your abstract, please contact Cynthia Rose (

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