As we move into summer in the northern hemisphere, we move closer to the 2019 IUIS Congress which will be held in Beijing in October. The program is rapidly taking shape and we are excited by the mixture of established senior Immunologists and new faces who will be presenting their research in Beijing. It promises to be an exceptional meeting and Professor Xuetao Cao and the Chinese Society for Immunology is to be commended for all the hard work they have put into developing the scientific and social programming. We are particularly grateful for all the support the congress has received from National societies and Regional Federations, as well as from non-governmental agencies to provide a range of travel awards to scientists and trainees from developing countries. This is an important part of the mission of IUIS, to encourage the development of Immunology is all regions of the world.
From my perspective as IUIS Treasurer, the IUIS Congress is an also an opportunity for the IUIS Council to hear about all the innovative programs and projects undertaken by the Regional Federations and Committees that have been supported by funding from IUIS. These programs are fundamentally important to the mission of IUIS as a truly worldwide organization and previous IUIS newsletters have highlighted the remarkable work being done by the Education Committee, the Vaccine Committee and the Veterinary Immunology Committee to name just a few. We look forward to hearing the latest news from these committees and their plans for the future.
We look forward to seeing you all in Beijing in October for what promises to be a really exciting meeting.
The Preliminary Programme for the IUIS International Congress of Immunology is online! Take a look at the over 100 sessions covering today’s immunology hot topics, workshops and poster presentations: Scientific Programme.
You can still contribute to IUIS 2019 and showcase your work by submitting your late breaking abstract from July 15-Aug 15. Participating at the leading international conference on immunology will give you valuable insights about the latest in research. The early bird registration is open until July 22 – register now and meet immunologists from all over the world in Beijing!
Share Your Knowledge at the Veterinary Immunology Symposium!
IUIS Veterinary Immunology Committee (VIC) is co-organising the 12th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium (IVIS) which will be hosted by the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists (AAVI) in Seattle, USA on 13th-16th August 2019. The conference website can be accessed here:
The meeting will feature a number of invited speakers supported by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, two workshops supported by IUIS VIC and will have a global delegation, including a recipients of Travel Awards from IUIS VIC and the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network.
Advances in Immunology Research: Impact on Healthcare Nov 14 - Nov 16, 2019 at Anushkati Nagar, Trombay, Mumbai
The 2020 OPTIMUNIZE Conference Feb 19 - Feb 21, 2020 at Welcome Genome Campus, UK
Aiming to explore and discuss various aspects of the non-specific effects of vaccines, the conference will identify and include their impact on neonates and infants, how generalisable and durable these effects are, the implications for geriatric and veterinary medicine, and more!
Abstract submissions open until the 17 December 2019.
IUIS Expert Committee on Inborn Errors of Immunity
It has been a very busy first half of the year for the IUIS IEI Committee, with much going on. In March, was held a face-to-face meeting at Rockefeller University, New York. The main goal of this meeting was to provide a critical review of the recent biomedical literature and identify and assess key publications that have reported novel genes that, when mutated, underlie monogenic immune dysregulatory conditions such as recurrent, severe and often-fatal infections, autoinflammatory disorders, autoimmunity, allergic disease and even cancer.
Since the publication ofthe last update of genes causing inborn errors of immunity (2018), approx. 100 new genes have been reported to affect immunity. After rigorous discussion, the committee agreed on including about 70 of these. Thus, when our next update is published in 2020, we will report >400 genes as molecular defects underlying a vast array of monogenic immunopathologies.
For morehighlights on the remarkable work being done by the IEI Committee, please visite its Activitiesweb page.
The CIC is very active in preparing a training course in clinical immunology in association with the International Congress of Immunology, Beijing 2019. The course will take place in the morning of 19th of October.
The committee also aims to prepare and conduct courses in collaboration with the Educational Committee, the Indian Society of Immunology, The Immunology School in Cosovo, and more!
Since the early 1980s, Human Leukocyte Differentiation Antigen (HLDA) Workshops have been organized to define and validate newly generated monoclonal antibodies to leukocyte cell-surface molecules. Approved antibodies have been defined into clusters of differentiation (CD), and currently antibodies to more than 400 surface molecules have received CD nomenclature under the umbrella of the IUIS nomenclature committee.
IUIS Course Material - Providing online immunology education
Immunopaedia.orgis the official educational provider of online pre-course material for IUIS immunology courses in the developing world and in other countries. Supported and working closely with the IUIS Education Committee, Immunopaedia delivers relevant and current educational content to provide frameworks of knowledge to IUIS course participants before they embark on face-to-face courses.