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XXIV Great Lakes Transplant Immunology Incubator Forum

The Great Lakes Transplant Immunology Incubator Forum will take place at Northwestern University.  
Space is limited, registration is requested
Monday, August 26   11am - 10pm
Tuesday, August 27   7:30am - 2pm
Northwestern University
250 E Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611
Northwestern University
The University of Chicago

Program Details

Monday, August 26
11:00-12:00 Registration and Lunch
12:00-2:00 Session 1 
2:00-2:30 Coffee Break
2:30-4:30 Session 2 
4:30-6:00 Poster session
6:30-10:00 Dinner

Tuesday, August 27
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-10:00 Session 3 
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Session 4
12:00-1:00 Lunch & Award Presentation
1:00 – 2:00 Keynote Speaker

Hotel & Transportation Information

Limited group rate rooms available until August 5th at Omni Chicago Hotel

Parking available at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, SpotHero, & Nearby Garages

Two airports; O'Hare International Airport (ORD) & Midway Airport (MDW)


The first forum, originally called the Erie Transplant Forum, was organized by the late Keith Bishop and held at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2000. The Forum was a brainchild of the late Charley Orosz, together with Keith Bishop and Robert Fairchild. Charley was a visionary who believed that the best science occurs after much discussion and debate among friendly but opinionated transplant immunologists, and over good food and drinks.  

We have seen changes to this meeting, with some people moving from the Great Lakes to further away places, and others becoming new members. Those who moved away continued to participate in the meeting and introduced their new collaborators, while those moving into the Great Lakes region brought new ideas that have invigorated the meeting. Through these changes, what has persevered is the spirit of rigorous discussion, friendship, and collaboration. We know that this was what Charley and Keith had envisioned, and it is what we value most in this regional meeting. The broadening of participants prompted the first change in name in 2003 to Great Lakes Transplant Immunology Forum.

Over the past 23 years, the GLTIF has served as an incubator for new research ideas and faculty, by providing constructive feedback from a group of highly engaged transplant immunologists and networking opportunities. This meeting also provides an opportunity to trainees to showcase new data and receive critical feedback in well-attended poster sessions, and see their work presented by their PIs. To emphasize these priorities, the GLTIF will be renamed as Great Lakes Transplant Immunology Incubator Forum (GLTIIF).

The Chicago team is thrilled to host the XXII GLTIIF on Aug 26-27, 2024, at Northwestern University, in the vibrant Chicago downtown and by the beautiful Lake Michigan. We are committed to preserving the "small meeting" vibe, so please register early as the meeting will be capped at 75 attendees.


2000              University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2001              Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2002              Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

2003              University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2004              Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

2005              University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2006              Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2007              University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2008              Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2009              Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

2010              University of Chicago/University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

2011              University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2012              University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2013              Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2014              Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2015              Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

2016              Northwestern University/University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2017              University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2018               Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2019              University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2020              Remote due to COVID

2021              Cancelled due to COVID

2022              Duke University, Durham, NC

2023              Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

2024              Northwestern University/University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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