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Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology

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February 18-21, 2018
The Scott Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Registration is open until the end of January 31, 2018 CST. 

Course Directors

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Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Terri Laufer, MD
University of Pennsylvania

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Registration Rates

Rate      Member      Non-member   button register for advanced course
Trainee $1,255  $1,335   
Regular  $1,355  $1,485   
Industry  $2,010  $2,140   
No Lodging $810 $810  
Industry No Lodging      $1,260 $1,260  

*Registration rates (except "no lodging") include 3 nights hotel stay at The Scott Resort & Spa, and all meals during the course.
Registration is open until the end of January 31, 2018 CST. 

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Course Description

Invited speakers are chosen based on their expertise in basic and clinical immunology, as well as their teaching skills. The lectures cover the major topics in cellular and molecular immunology, including innate immunity, B cells, T cells, dendritic cells, cytokines and mucosal immunity. Other lectures cover autoimmune, allergic and immunodeficiency diseases, as well as new advances in interventional and clinical immunology and the molecular and genetic basis of immunologically-mediated diseases. All lecturers encourage interaction with the students through questions and discussions during lecture time. There is also ample opportunity for students to interact with the faculty outside the lecture room.

Target Audience

The target audience includes clinical fellows in disciplines related to immunology, including rheumatology, allergy, infectious disease, oncology and transplantation; fellows doing basic research with an emphasis on human disease; scientists or other research and development personnel from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies who are involved in developing new therapies for immunological disease; and academic or community physicians who wish to enhance their understanding of immunology.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the fundamental mechanisms underlying protective immune responses, and discuss the recent advances and emerging themes in immunology research.
  • Describe the fundamental mechanisms underlying immunologic disease and associate these mechanisms with strategies for therapeutic modulation of the immune system.
  • Appreciate the basic immunological principles underlying biotherapeutics, recognize the commonality among diverse organ-specific disease states and infer the mechanisms of therapeutic effect.
  • Analyze the medical literature reporting immunologic advances pertinent to their patients, cite the rationale for use of new immunodiagnostic and immunotherapeutic modalities in their patients, and serve as thought leaders within their medical communities.

Meet the Faculty and See Photos from Last Year

Watch the course preview to meet the 2018 faculty and see images from last year's course.

Course Agenda

Speakers renowned for their abilities to span basic and clinical science will take learners from the bench to the bedside and back again.

Sunday February 18
5:00-7:00 pm Welcome Reception and Registration
Monday  February 19
8:00-8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am Overview of the Immune System - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
9:00-10:00 am Innate Immunity (Molecules) - Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD, Yale University
10:00-10:15 am Break
10:15-11:15 am Antigen Presentation - Kenneth Rock, MD, University of Massachusetts
11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Antibodies and Disease - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm Innate Immunity (Cells) - Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD, Yale University
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-3:45 pm T Cell Activation - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco 
3:45-4:00 pm Break
4:00-5:00 pm NK Cells - Lewis Lanier, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
5:00-6:00 pm Reception
Tuesday  February 20
8:00-8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am T Cell Subsets  - Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD, Brigham & Women's Hospital 
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:45 am T-B Cell Collaboration - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm Immune Tolerance and Regulation - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm Tumor Immunity - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco 
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-3:45 pm Autoimmunity - Terri Laufer, MD, University of Pennsylvania
3:45-4:00 pm Break
4:00-5:00 pm Mucosal Immunity - Cathryn Nagler, PhD, University of Chicago
6:00-8:00 pm Student Dinner with Faculty
Wednesday  February 21
7:30-8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 am Allergies - Paul Bryce, PhD, Sanofi
9:00-9:15 am Break
9:15-10:15 am Transplantation - Jonathan Maltzman, MD, PhD, Stanford University
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:30 am Immunodeficiencies - Steve Holland, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
11:30-11:45 am Break
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Translational Immunology - Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

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Course Testimonials

Read what past attendees are saying about the Advanced course:

  • "An excellent, well-organized and educational course. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire program."
  • "Excellent course at an excellent location and hotel. I am grateful for this opportunity and have learned so much that made every minute worth it."
  • "Excllent course. One of the major strengths: graduation of sessions from initially basic to clinical immunology at the end. A great course for an MD who wants to obtain a stronger immunology background."
  • "Very good course. High quality, excellent speakers, well organized. Highly recommended."
  • "Well respected. Certainly held its excellent reputation as noted at my institution."

Travel Award Opportunity


The IUIS Gender Equality and Career Development Committee (GEC) in collaboration with FOCIS will co-sponsor 4 trainees from the developing world to attend the above course. IUIS will pay for a travel bursary of USD 2,000 maximum, while FOCIS will cover for registration, 4 night’s accommodation and meals during the course. Additional expenses, if any will be the responsibility of the selected participant.

Previous experience indicates that the initiative has been very successful and the students have really appreciated the opportunity provided. Applications are now invited for the 2018 course. Interested candidates should possess sufficient background of immunology and comprehension of English to benefit maximally from the Advanced Course.

The GEC Committee will do the selection of candidates for the 4 awards.

Do not register on line for this course if you are applying for the FOCIS/IUIS support. A brief CV with a list of publications, a letter outlining how you would benefit from this course and a letter of reference from a professor or mentor must be sent by email to Prof. Narinder Mehra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Application deadline: November 25, 2017 in order to allow time for the US VISA for the selected participants.
The awardees only will be notified by December 15, 2017.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

In the past, FOCIS has made it possible for participants to obtain CME credit for attending the educational courses. In order to enable all those involved in the research and treatment of immune-mediated diseases to participate in the exchange of ideas that contribute to the forward motion of the field, FOCIS will not offer CME credit for the 2018 Advanced Course. Certificates of attendance will be available upon request.

The Scott Resort & Spa

The Scott Resort & Spa artfully blends the upscale appeal of a downtown Scottsdale location in an oasis-like setting. Right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, attendees will appreciate visiting a vibrant part of the city, walking distance to many of the best shops and restaurants Scottsdale has to offer. 

Cancellation Policy

For notification of cancellation received in writing by the FOCIS Executive Office before December 30, 2017, a full refund, less a $100 administrative fee, will be given. Cancellation requests received between January 1, 2018 and and January 25, 2018 are eligible for a refund of 50%. No refunds will be provided after January 25, 2018.


Please contact the Executive Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.