The ASI Visiting Speaker Program (VSP)

Participation in the ASI Visiting Speaker Program (VSP) is a key benefit of being an ASI member.  It provides all current ASI members with the opportunity to invite prominent international speakers to visit their location by touring around Australia and New Zealand.

For more details please click here.

ASI Visiting Speaker Program Coordinator

Name:  Stuart Mannering
Position:  Head, Human T-cell Laboratory
Address/affiliation:  St. Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
Email address:

Upcoming speakers for 2018

Dr Alan Sher

NIH Distinguished Investigator, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Visit co-ordinated by Carl Feng
March 2018: Visiting NSW, NZ, QLD, VIC/TAS.


Dr. Sher received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of California, San Diego, working with Dr. Melvin Cohn at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He performed his postdoctoral training in the Division of Parasitology at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London. In 1980, after several years as a research associate and then assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, Sher joined NIAID as a section head in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases and from 2002- 2017 served as Chief of that NIH department.

Although initially trained as a basic immunologist, Dr. Sher has devoted most of his career to the study of immunity and immune regulation in parasitic and mycobacterial infections. His group played a pioneering role in defining the effector functions of Th1 and Th2 subsets in the response to parasites later linking them to innate signals triggered by these pathogens in dendritic cells. At the same time Sher and his colleagues helped define the regulatory pathways which prevent immunopathology in polarized anti-parasitic responses and in particular elucidating the role of Interleukin-10 induction in that process. In more recent work, the Sher lab has focused on cytokine and eicosanoid pathways regulating host resistance to Mycobacterium tuberculosis along with other strategies for host directed therapy of this major pathogen and participated in related clinical collaborations in India, Brazil and South Africa.

Dr. Sher is an elected member of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Academy of Microbiology and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of the Bonazinga Award (Society for Leukocyte Biology), the Bailey K. Ashford Medal (American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), the USPHS Superior Service Award and the NIH Director’s Mentoring Award. Sher holds adjunct faculty positions at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Prof Diane Mathis

Visit co-ordinated by Daniel Gray
March 2018: Visits TBC

Prof Joel Ernst

Visits co-ordinated by Antje Blumenthal
Oct 2018: Visiting NSW, NZ, QLD, VIC/TAS.

Prof Uri Hershberg

Visits co-ordinated by Kim Jacobson
Date TBC: Visits TBC

Prof Arne Akbar

Visits co-ordinated by Kylie Quinn
Date TBC: Visiting NZ, VIC/TAS, WA