One of the founders of our association and a good friend of ours, Dr. Charles D. Surh, passed away on October 6, 2017 after valiant battle with cancer. Charlie obtained his bachelor’s and Ph.D. degree from UC San Diego and UC Davis, respectively. After postdoctoral training at the Department of Immunology of the Scripps Research Institute under Jonathan Sprent, he became an assistant professor at the same department. He was then promoted to full professor with tenure. At 2012, Charlie became the director of Academy of Immunology and Microbiology (AIM) of the IBS at Postech. He received many awards and honors, including Ho-Am Prize in Medicine and Scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Charlie’s scientific achievement needs no explanation. His work had focused on thymic selection, lymphocyte homeostasis. His recent work has focused on the role of microbial and food antigens in shaping mucosal immune system.
Charlie played a key role in establishing AKIA in 2013. With his help and support AKIA was able to hold the first inaugural symposium at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology where he was an adjunct professor. His enthusiasm to have a Korean Immunology society was truly fundamental for AKIA to be a successful organization to date. We are grateful for his dedication and passion for Korean Immunology. He will be dearly missed
In recognition of their outstanding dedication and service as the President and secretary of AKIA, Drs. Chang H. Kim and J. Hyun Park were awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the 2017 AKIA council.
AKIA will have a joint guest symposium with the Korean Association of Immunobiologists (KAI) at the AAI 2015 in New Orleans.
The date is Monday, May 11. From 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM.
Title: Cellular and molecular factors that control immunity
Booki Min (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA )
Chong-Kil Lee (Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea)
Woong-Kyung Suh (Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Dissection of inducible costimulator (ICOS) signaling components in follicular helper T cell and Th17 responses.
Eun Young Choi (Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea)
CD8 T cells can generate memory cells without CD4 help, when antigen is cleared early enough.
Sang-Moo Kang (Georgia State University, GA, USA)
Roles of innate and adaptive immune components in inducing protective immune responses to influenza vaccination.
Myoung Ho Jang (Institute for Basic Science, Pohang, Korea)
Eosinophils regulate inflammation in the gut.
AKIA members voted on the AKIA bylaw and ratified it by electronic votes with a 2/3 majority. The vote was closed on July 31st, and the voting result was announced on Aug 1st, 2014.
The bylaw becomes effective immediately, and all AKIA business will be conducted according to the bylaws. A copy of the bylaw can be downloaded from the "members only" tab on the AKIA website.
AKIA members meeting with members of the Korean Association of Immunologists (KAI) at the KAI 2013 Fall Conference (Nov. 07- Nov. 08) in Seoul/Korea.
Hyewon Phee and Booki Min were invited to the conference as representatives of AKIA.
Other AKIA members who attended the conference are: Cheong-Hee Chang and Jae U. Jung.
At the conference, AKIA and KAI have agreed to boost further scientific exchanges between the two organizations.