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American Association of Immunologists

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) is a scientific society dedicated to the support of research in immunology. Founded in 1913, the AAI has published a journal, the Journal of Immunology, since 1915. It also holds annual scientific meetings and intensive summer courses in immunology. As of 2016, the AAI had approximately 7700 members. The president for the 2016-17 term is Harvard University professor Arlene Sharp.[1][2]

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
Founded 1913
Headquarters Bethesda, Maryland



The AAI was founded on June 19, 1913, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by a group of physicians who were attending the annual meeting of the American Medical Association.[2] The original 41 members of the society were all disciples of Almroth Wright, the founder and director of the Inoculation Department at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.[3] The first AAI annual meeting was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on June 22, 1914.[4] AAI is a founding member society of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).


The AAI hosts an annual scientific meeting for its membership, recently typically in May, and organizes intensive summer courses in immunology. The association also publishes a major journal in the field, The Journal of Immunology, and the AAI Newsletter.[5][6]

List of past presidentsEdit


  1. ^ "AAI Membership". American Association of Immunologists. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "AAI History". American Association of Immunologists. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  3. ^ “The Founding of AAI.” [1] AAI Newsletter, May–June 2012, 24–29.; British Medical Journal 2, no. 2761 (1913): 1434 ; “Medical News,” JAMA 61, no. 23 (1913): 2079.
  4. ^ American Association of Immunologists,” Society Reports, Medical Record 86 (1914): 942–946; “Medical News,” Boston Medical and Surgical Journal 170, no. 26 (1914): 1002 [2]; “Medical News,” JAMA 62, no. 25 (1914): 1975.
  5. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: IMMUNOLOGY". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2013. 
  6. ^ “AAI Publications.” [3]. The American Association of Immunologists.

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