Paul Cleary Autoimmunity and Infection seminar


CFI is honored to co-host the annual Dr. Paul Patrick Cleary Autoimmunity and Infection seminar.

The seminar was established in 2019 by Dr. P. Patrick Cleary, a leading microbiologist in the area of group A streptococcal pathogenesis.

The first lecture was held in 2019 and featured Dan Littman. The lecture series was then put on hold due to the global pandemic but returned in 2022.

The 2022 lecture featured Dr. Jean-Laurant Casanova, whose seminar “The human genetic and immunological determinants of life-threatening COVID-19” was the first in-person lecture since the onset of COVID-19. 

The lecture will be held yearly going forward. The series features speakers with stellar research records on the topic of infection and autoimmunity. 

2023 Lecturer

William H. Robinson, MD, PhD, Stanford University, James W. Raitt, M.D. Professor of Medicine - Immunology & Rheumatology and Practices at Stanford Health Care. The Robinson lab's research is focused on how to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying autoimmune and rheumatic diseases, and to leverage these insights to develop next-generation diagnostics and therapeutics.
Dr. Robinson's latest article "Cytotoxic CD8+ T cells target citrullinated antigens in rheumatoid arthritis" in Nature Communications (PMID: 36658110) suggests that cytotoxic CD8+ T cells targeting citrullinated antigens contribute to synovitis and joint tissue destruction in ACPA+ RA.
Immunology- 2023 Pat Cleary Autoimmunity and Infection Seminar

Past Lecturers:

2019: Dan Littman, M.D., Ph.D., Dept. of Pathology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

2022: Jean-Laurant Casanova, M.D., Ph.D., St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases at The Rockefeller University
          “The human genetic and immunological determinants of life-threatening COVID-19”

2023: William H. Robinson, M.D., Ph.D., Dept. of Medicine, Immunology & Rheumatology, Stanford University
          "Microbial triggers of autoimmunity: Oral mucosal breaks in RA and Epstein-Barr virus in MS"