Announcing the 2019 Election Results

Voting by the members of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS) took place from October 2-20, 2019 for the following leadership positions:

  • President-Elect, 2 Years (who will successively become President for 2 Years)
  • Nominations Committee Member for 3 years

All Members in good standing (current 944) have the right to vote in elections of the Society, to hold Society Office or Council membership or Committee membership.

Thank you to all who participated in the nomination process and voted in the election. We now announce the winning candidates from the online ballot that completed on October 20, 2019. The newly elected President-Elect, Christopher Hunter, assumed his role this month and the Nominating Committee member, Paul Hertzog, will begin in January, 2020.

President-Elect – 2 Years, President – 2 Years

Christopher Hunter, B.Sc, Ph.D.
Department of Pathobiology
Mindy Halikman Heyer President’s Distinguished Chair
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, USA

As a Lifetime member of the ICIS it would be an honor to serve as president-elect of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society. The society has provided me with many opportunities to interact with other scientists and contribute to our community. For example, I partnered with Steve Smale to organize the International Cytokine Society meeting in 2007 in San Francisco, was a co-organizer with John O’Shea and Fiona Powrie of the Keystone Biology of Cytokines meeting in 2012 and co-organizer with Kate Fitzgerald and Anne O’Garra of the ICIS conference in Boston in 2018. I would bring my organizational skills and a broad appreciation of cytokine biology to the society and would hope to build additional bridges between the ICIS and our corporate partners. The last 25 years have seen remarkable progress in the use of cytokines as therapies as well as the development of drugs that have targeted cytokines or their signaling pathways which have transformed the management of chronic inflammatory conditions, immunology and cancer treatments. The foundations for many of these discoveries are based on basic and translational research performed by ICIS members in academia, regulatory research institutes and pharmaceutical laboratories. I strongly believe that our goals should be to:

  1. Encourage the next generation of interferon and cytokine scientists who are key to the long-term success of the society.
  2. Work to diversify our membership and expand the geographical reach and impact of the society worldwide and
  3. Ensure that financial support for the annual meeting provides the opportunity for our members to present the most cutting edge discoveries in interferon and cytokine biology in order to facilitate collaboration and dissemination of this research.  

Christopher Hunter is recognized as an international leader in the role of cytokines in the induction of innate and adaptive immunity to infection, as well as their role in the resolution of inflammatory processes. His collaborative studies with the academic and biotechnology communities over the last 25 years on the IL-12 family members has helped to define their role in the induction of cell mediated immunity that have been broadly relevant to many types of inflammatory processes. For example, his discovery that IL-27 was a potent inhibitor of cell mediated immunity has formed the basis for work on its therapeutic potential in cancer and autoimmunity and continues to be a focus of the laboratory. 

Professor Hunter obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1989) at the University of Glasgow, Britain and a post-doctoral fellowship at Glasgow developed his interest in the role of cytokines in infectious disease of the CNS. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University (1992-1996) with Jack Remington, before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania (1996-present). There his research group continues to study the cytokines that influence innate and adaptive immunity to infectious diseases. He has provided extensive service as a journal editor or member of editorial boards as well as extensive peer review for the NIH. He also served as Chair of the Department of Pathobiology (2007-2018) and Director of the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions (21012-2018). He is currently the Mindy Halikman Heyer President’s Distinguished Chair (2015-present).

Hunter Lab Website

Nominations Committee – 3 Years

Paul Hertzog, PhD
Head – Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Disease
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Clayton VIC Australia

Professor Paul Hertzog is Head of the Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases, Associate Director of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Professor at Monash University. Professor Hertzog has an established record of research on innate immune responses in infection, inflammation and cancer. Current projects include: interferon epsilon –a novel cytokine his lab discovered to regulate reproductive tract immune response to infection and cancer; structure-function of interferon receptors; and systems biology of innate immune signaling pathways. He has received awards for his research including the international 2013 Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research. Professor Hertzog has been a member of ICIS (ISICR and ICS) for about 25 years, has served on numerous committees and convened the meeting twice in Australia: in 2003 and 2014, with Brendan Jenkins. He is co-founder of the Victorian Infection and Immunity Network and co-convenes the Lorne Infection and Immunity annual conference in Australia.


  • Katherine A. Fitzgerald – President (2019-2021)
  • Christopher Hunter – President-Elect (2019 – 2021)
  • Dusan Bogunovic – Treasurer (2019-2020)
  • John W. Schoggins- Secretary (2018-2020)
  • Nancy Reich Marshall – Immediate Past-President (2019-2021)

Council Members

Katherine A. Fitzgerald  – President (2019-2021)
Christopher Hunter – President-Elect (2019-2021)
Dusan Bogunovic – Treasurer (2019-2020)
John W. Schoggins- Secretary (2018-2020)
Nancy Reich Marshall- Past President (2019-2021)
David Artis (2018 – 2020)
Sarah Gaffen (2019 – 2021)
Anne O’Garra – (2019 – 2021)
Hiroki Yoshida (2018-2020)

Michael Gale, Jr. – Cytokines 2020 Chair
Joan Oefner, Managing Director (ex-officio)

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