Issue No. 19 | March 2018
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Society Publication Goals

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The IUIS Publications Committee is a new committee established in 2017. IUIS has a long and fruitful collaboration with Frontiers in Immunology, our official journal, and the primary role of the PUB committee is to foster a functional and beneficial relationship with Frontiers. The Committee is chaired by Prof Eddy Liew (UK), who brings a lifetime of experience in immunology publishing. The committee membership is global (UK, New Zealand, USA, Australia, Mexico, and Gambia) representing all of the IUIS regions.


The primary goal of the Committee is to organize and promote IUIS-sponsored Research Topics in Frontiers in Immunology. The Research Topics are branded to IUIS and thus promote the society and the expertise of its members. 
Confirmed IUIS-sponsored Research Topics for 2018 include:
Long Non-Coding RNAs and Immunity, Immunity to Malaria and Vaccine Strategies and The Immunology of Sepsis – Understanding Host Susceptibility, Pathogenesis of Disease, and Avenues for Future Treatment. We are always looking for new ideas, so please contact one of the Publication Committee for information on how to make your research an IUIS-sponsored Research Topic. These research topics represent an excellent opportunity for early-mid career researchers to partner with more established researchers and foster new collaborations worldwide.

Roslyn Kemp
IUIS Secretary-General
IUIS Committees

News from the Education Committee:
  1. Three students from Brazil, Kenya and Hungary have been selected from a large number of applications to receive an IUIS/EDU travel fellowship to participate in the 14th Ettal Spring School of the German Society for Immunology (March 18thto 23rd)
  2. Together with the Gender Equality and Career Committee (GEC) and AAI, EDU supports 4 participants form the developing world for each the AAI Introductory and the AAI Advanced Course in Immunology to take place in July.
  3. The IUIS-FAIS Immuno-Morocco Course on Cancer, Inflammation and Immunotherapy will take place from April 2nd to April 7th in Fes, Morocco. The course is organized by Abdelilah Wakkach, Jamaleddine Hafid and Michelle Letarte, the former chair of the EDU Committee.
  4. EDU supports the Advanced Course of Immunotherapy to be held from April 24th to 26th in Tehran, Iran. The course is organized by EDU Committee member Mehrnaz Mesdaghi (Tehran) and EDU chair Dieter Kabelitz (Germany)
  5. The EDU Committee has launched guidelines on “How to prepare an IUIS course on immunology” to help organizers of future courses.
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Veterinary Committee:  Stay tuned!

Quality Assessment and Standardization Committee:
The importance of standardization in immunology in clinical and research scenarios

Standardization is a crucial issue in any area related to quantification of natural phenomena.
The standardization process involves the establishment of standards developed by consensus among interested parties. Standardization is important for promoting compatibility, repeatability, interoperability, quality and safety. The standardization activity is present in ancient civilizations, as demonstrated by archeological artifacts and historical documentation referent to standards for weight, length, time, volume, etc. With the industrial revolution and increment of international transactions, the standardization business progressively became more necessary and effective. In general, there is a direct correlation between the degree of advancement in a given field and the level of standardization in the respective parameters.
The need for standardization in immunological assays has been addressed by the IUIS by the establishment of the Quality Assessment and Standardization (QAS) Committee almost two decades ago. This Committee has been successfully chaired for 15 years by Professor Rudolf Valenta, from University of Vienna, followed by Professor Fatima Ferreira, from the University of Salzburg, in the last two years. The QAS Committee operates through 6 Subcommittees, aiming to promoting and strengthening standardization and quality assessment in immunological assays, publicizing the activities of each subcommittee, and attracting sponsorship for activities related to international QAS in immunology.
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IUIS Regional Federations
ALAI 2018:
This year’s ALAI academic activities feature the XII Latin American Congress of Immunology in collaboration with the Mexican Society of Immunology, which co-celebrates its XXIII National Congress.
Join ALAI-SMI in Cancun, Mexico on May 14-18, 2018 and maximize your experience participating in the pre-Congress Cytometry meeting on May 13-14, 2018!



Leopoldo Santos-Argumedo, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico
Rosana Pelayo, Mexican Institute for Social Security, Puebla, Mexico

Conference website

ECI 2018:

5th European Congress of Immunology

September 2-5, 2018 - Amsterdam

The 5th ECI will cover all fields of modern immunology, ranging from innate memory and tissue specific regulation of T and B cell differentiation to unsupervised analyses of big data for diagnostics and combinational immunomodulatory biologicals.

In the meeting sessions will specifically be dedicated to identify new discoveries in fundamental immunology that hold diagnostic and therapeutic promise and to tackle challenges that arise from connecting fundamental and translational science.
ECI 2018
FIMSA 2018:
FIMSA aims to promote close contact and interaction between immunological societies of the Asian and Oceania regions and facilitate the exchange of scientific information and personnel.
The FIMSA Congress is an international conference organized by the Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA) members every 3 years with the aim of getting immunologists of the member countries together for updating on current research on immunology. FIMSA 2018 is the 7th FIMSA Congress which will be hosted by Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Association of Thailand (AAIAT), on November 10-13, 2018 in Thailand.
Register now!
IUIS 2019 Beijing
Submit your Speaker and Chair nominations!

It is with great pleasure that the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) Executive Committee invites your national or regional IUIS society to nominate the best and brightest from your own constituents to be an IUIS 2019 Speaker or Chair.
The IUIS 2019 International Congress will be held in Beijing on October 18-23. It is an ideal opportunity for your members to take center stage at one of the most prestigious international immunological congresses. Your participation will make the Congress a special one and ensure that it truly represents global immunological science.
Instructions for nominations: 
We kindly ask that your national or regional IUIS society proposes a total of 5-10 names only, while bearing gender parity in mind. It would also help us greatly if you were to allocate their names, contact details and the nominee’s last three publications to the topics of the Congress that best suit (into the following Excel spreadsheet).
Nominations must be sent to the IUIS Central Office before May 11, 2018.

Member Societies
2018 ImmunoKenya Workshop

We are looking for speakers!

The 2nd ImmunoKenya Workshop will be held in Nairobi on September 23-30, 2018. The organizing team is looking for researchers who can assist with teaching in the field of both:

  • HCV/hepatocellular
  • HTLV-1/leukemia

To apply, please contact Dr Lucy Ochola (, secretary of the Kenya Society of Immunology and member of the organizing committee.

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Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI)

Database of female immunologists

The ASI Women's Initiative aims to involve all ASI members in promoting equal treatment and representation of female Immunologists within the society and in the fields of Immunology research. To support the ASI's commitment to gender equity, ASI seeks to ensure that there is an equal representation of men and women as speakers and session chairs at all ASI scientific meetings and events, and at meetings financially supported by ASI. This visible display of gender equity will contribute to an equal number of females and males being acknowledged for their achievements, provide opportunities for emerging research leaders and increase the diversity of role models for meeting attendees.
ASI have created a searchable database of female Immunologists suitable for chairing sessions or speaking at conferences, to enhance the representation of female Immunologists as speakers at conferences, presenters of seminars, participants on review panels, and on editorial boards.
The database is accessible to all visitors. Simply click your field of interest and you will find a list of registered female experts.

To the Database
Liaisons, Partners & Affiliates

Official relations with WHO renewed

We are delighted to announce the official continuation of the IUIS relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Following the last WHO Executive board in January 2018, a renewal confirmation has been addressed to our society.

Dr Knezevic, who serves as the designated technical officer for our relation will be our main contact to persue the implementation of the agreed plan for collaboration. The next review of the implemenation of the plan wil take place in January 2021.
WHO not only closely works with the United Nations Member Societies but also engages with non-State actors in view of their significant role in global health for the advancement and promotion of public health and to encourage non-State actors to use their own activities to protect and promote public health. To read more, please visit
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Course Material
IUIS Course Material - Providing online immunology education is 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.

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IUIS' Official Journal
Congratulations to our official journal Frontiers in Immunology for their improved Impact Factor of 6.429! This puts it amongst the top cluster of immunology-specialized journals.
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