December 5, 2018

Basic Science
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Immunological Memory:
Twenty Years Later


Rafi Ahmed, PhD

Director, Emory Vaccine Center

Clubhouse Location:
WHSCAB Plaza & Auditorium
6:00pm — wine, cheese, networking
6:30pm — meeting convenes
7:45pm — casual buffet dinner, more networking

Dear Vacciners,
What were YOU doing on Wednesday, January 7, 1998?

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent it signing a federal affidavit stating that she was not having an affair with President Bill Clinton. As you may or may not remember, that notable moment in history led to a sequence of events that culminated in lots of people taking a deep, abiding interest in the Court's increasingly parsed definition of what "sex" is because – as President Clinton said to the Grand Jury later that year – "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." Of course.

Down here in Atlanta, over 300 scientists, faculty, grad students, and science savvy members of the general public were spending that very same evening listening to Dr. Rafi Ahmed present at the first ever meeting of the Vaccine Dinner Club ("Thanks for the Memories: Understanding the Relationship between Immunologic Memory and Protective Immunity to Virus Infections").

THAT notable moment in history may not have answered any complex grammatical questions but it did lead to a sequence of events that culminated in over 4,000 people (and counting) taking a deep, abiding interest in permanently setting aside the first Wednesday evening of each month to eat, drink, and enjoy 178 (to date) interesting presentations because – as VDC speaker Steve McCarter (November 2016: "If People Can Get Chicken Pox Can Chickens Get People Pox?: Viral Diseases of Domestic Poultry and Why They Matter") once said – "The VDC is the largest and coolest organization of its kind in the entire world!" Of course.

So to close out our first two decades of Hot Food and Cool Science we have invited Dr. Ahmed to come back and update that first ever talk on Immunological Memory! Yay!!

Don't forget to register to attend – your immune system wouldn't.

Hope to see you for dinner at the Club on December 5,
-La Goddess