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FOCIS Goes South: 
Advances in Translational and Clinical Immunology Workshop

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May 15-17, 2017

Aula Magna José Manuel Irarrazabal
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Avenida Bernardo O'Higgins 340
Santiago, Santiago Centro 8331010
Chile


Course Directors

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Dr. Alexis Kalergis
Director of the FCE Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy; Full Professor, Faculty of Biological Sciences, PontificiaUniversidad Católica de Chile. www.imii.cl, www.biologia.uc.cl

Dr. Ignacio Anegon
Director of FCE Nantes University and Multinational FCEs, INSERM 1064-CRTI. www.univ-nantes.fr/anegon-i

Dr. Pablo González
Associate Investigator, FCE Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. www.imii.cl, www.biologia.uc.cl.

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Success for FOCIS goes South: First FOCIS Workshop in Latin America

FCE and regional researchers brought together in Santiago de Chile during May 15th-17th to present current scenarios and challenges in immunology. The Workshop "FOCIS goes South: Advances in Translational and Clinical Immunology" was organized by the FCE Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and gathered scientists from USA, France, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Mexico, among others.

The inauguration ceremony of the Workshop was presided by the President of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Dr. Ignacio Sánchez, the Minister of Economy, Natalia Piergentili, Senator Guido Girardi, the Director of Energy, Science, Technology and Innovation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Rodríguez, FOCIS Multi-national FCE Chair, Dr.Ignacio Anegon, the Director of the Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy (MIII), Dr. Alexis Kalergis, Associate Researcher at MIII and one of the organizers of the Meeting, Dr. Pablo González.

The President of UC, Ignacio Sánchez highlighted the incorporation of the MIII as a FOCIS Center of Excellence in 2016, for its advances in the development of a vaccine against the respiratory syncytial virus, personalized therapies for melanoma and prostate cancer, a herpes simplex virus vaccine and a kit for detecting infectious diseases, among other achievements. He also mentioned the contribution of this Center of Excellence on the training of young scientists and the Center's outstanding scientific productivity.

FOCIS Multi-national FCE Chair Dr. Anegon pointed out that the integrated immunology studies carried out at MIII fall within international standard.

For the Minister Piergentili, endeavors like these reflect the efforts of the Government to develop public policies that invest in science. "A decision was made 15 years ago to support the best research groups in Chile, and for this purpose the scientific Millennium initiative was created, which is harbored within the Ministry of Economy of Chile. We are sure that a country not only needs economists, but also scientists and today we are seeing that the efforts of the latter are receiving international recognition for the quality of their work", said the government authority.

For Ambassador Gabriel Rodríguez, one of the greatest challenges for science in Chile is for it to establish roots in its culture. "The Millennium Initiative is a new way of conceiving collaboration within the scientific community of different universities. The MIII is such an example, by integrating the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile and Universidad Andrés Bello."

The inauguration of the international meeting concluded with the remarks of the Senator Guido Girardi, who highlighted the low investment that the country is currently performing on scientific matters, which makes it relinquish its future development. "It takes decision, will and culture to understand the world in which we are going to live in; Chile has to make a commitment towards innovation". Likewise, he appreciated the positive experience, resistance and obstinacy that researchers of the Millennium Institute have had on positioning science in the society. "

More than 350 scientists attended the meeting, with participants coming from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico, among other countries. Investigators from different FOCIS Centers of Excellence and Regional Research Centers presented at the Workshop sharing their latest findings to the scientific community. The activity also promoted the training of young researchers in flow cytometry with a Course on this technique.

To promote the training of young scientists in the field of immunology, the meeting was free of charge to trainees, such as undergraduates, PhD students and post-doctorates.

Information based on the article published in http://biologia.uc.cl/es/investigacion/bionoticias-investigacion/1173-instituto-milenio-de-inmunologia-e-inmunoterapia-organiza-primer-workshop-focis-en-latinoamerica by Jade Rivera Rossi, UC.

Registration Rates

Rate       Member      Non-member
Trainee $0 (Free) $0 (Free)
Regular  $225  $300 
Industry  $300  $375 

Attendee is responsibile for his/her own accomodations.

Accomodation Recommendations:
The Singular +56 (2) 2306 8820 www.thesingular.com (Merced 294, Barrio Lastarria, Santiago de Chile). Price $$$
Hotel Cumbres +56 (2) 2496 9000 www.cumbreslastarria.com (Jose Victorino Lastarria299, Santiago, Chile). Price $$
Crowne Plaza +56 (2) 2638 1042 www.ihg.com (Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 136, Santiago - 6513491, Chile). Price $$
Hotel Neruda +56 (2) www.hotelneruda.cl (Av. Pedro de Valdivia 164, Providencia, Santiago - Chile). Price $

Course Description

This workshop provides:

  1. An update on immunology with renowned scientist Dr. Abul Abbas in a day-long interactive lecture entitled "Advances and Future Prospects in Immunology"
  2. A day-long session of seminars from international speakers experts in their fields on Autoimmunity, Infectious Diseases, Inflammation and Cancer entitled "Advances in Translational and Clinical Immunology"
  3. A "Flow Cytometry Course" for those willing to learn this technique.

The workshop will also have expert regional speakers.

Target Audience

Target audience are young and experimented scientists and professionals in the field of human health, who wish to experience an update in fundamental and translational research in the field of immunology.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will:

  • Have an updated vision on the field of immunology and immunotherapies,
  • Experience updated input on the most important advances being made in research in immunology in the fields of autoimmunity, cancer, inflammation and infectious diseases.
  • Learn the fundamentals and advanced approaches of Flow Cytometry.

Preliminary Program

Download the program (.pdf)

For presenting a short work at the meeting (10 minute talk), please contact Dr. Pablo González directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday May 15
8h00-8h45 Registration
9h00-10h00 Welcome Words from Academic Authorities from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Government Authorities, Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy, Sponsors and Organizers of the Workshop
10h00-10h30 Coffee Break
Advances and Future Prospects in Immunology - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco, USA
10h30-11h00 Introduction to the Immune System
11h00-12h00 Innate Immunity
12h00-13h00 Antigen Presentation, T Cell Activation and Costimulation
13h00-14h00 Lunch
14h00-15h00 CD4 T Cell Subsets, Cytokines
15h00-16h00 B Cells and Antibodies
16h00-17h00 T Cell Regulation and Tolerance I. Central and Peripheral Tolerance
17h00-17h30 Break
17h30-18h00 T Cell Regulation and Tolerance II. Regulatory T Cells, Failure of Tolerance
18h00-19h00 Tumor Immunity
19h00  Discussion
Tuesday May 16
8h00-8h40 Registration
8h40-8h50 Welcome words and Presentation of the Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy, FOCIS Center of Excellence. - Dr. Alexis Kalergis, Director of the Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy.
8h50-9h00 Welcome words and Presentation of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) - Dr. Abul Abbas, Member of the Board of FOCIS.
9h00-9h30 The Treg IL-2R as a Target for Immunotherapy - Dr. C. Garrison Fathman, Stanford University FCE, School of Medicine, USA.
9h30-10h00 The Intestinal Lamina Propria is a Unique Niche for Regulatory T cells - Dr. Terri Laufer, University of Pennsylvania FCE, USA.
10h00-10h30 Inborn Errors of FOXP3+ Regulatory T cell Development in Humans - Dr. Ciro Piccirillo, Montreal Diabetes Research Center, Montreal General Hospital, McGill, Montreal University, Canada.
10h30-11h00 Coffee break
11h00-11h30 Establishing Determinants of Human Immune Variability as a Path Towards Personalized Medical Approaches - Dr. Milena Hasan. Pasteur Institute FCE, Paris, France.
11h30-12h00 Phase 2 and 3 Clinical Trials of a Single Dose Virus Attenuated Tetravalent Dengue Vaccine - Dr. Jorge Kalil, University of São Paulo FCE, Brazil.
12h00-12h30 Unforeseen Functions for CD43 (sialophorin) - Dr. Yvonne Rosenstein, Departamento de Medicina Molecular y Bioprocesos, Universidad Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, México
12h30-12h50 New and Old Drugs to Control Inflammation, Centre for Translational Immunology - Dr. Marcelo Hill, Instituto Pasteur de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
12h50-14h10 Lunch, poster viewing
14h10-14h40 Tolerogenic Dendritic Cell Therapy in Humans: Application to Kidney Transplantation - Dr. Maria Cristina Cuturi, Nantes University and INSERM FCE
14h40-15h00 Mucosal Inflamamtion in the Gut - Dr. Guillermo Docena, Universidad de la Plata, La Plata, Argentina
15h00-15h30 CD8+ Tregs in Rodent and Human Models of Organ Transplantation and GVHD - Dr. Ignacio Anegon, Nantes University And INSERM FCE.
15h30-16h00 Coffee break, poster viewing
16h00-16h30 Melanoma Cancer and Immunotherapy - Dr. Flavio Salazar, FCE Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy, Universidad de Chile
16h30-17h00 Using SLE Risk Alleles to Understand Pathogenesis - Dr. Betty Diamond, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell Health, USA
17h00-17h10 Closing Words - Dr. Alexis Kalerigis, Director of the Millenium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy
   
Wednesday  May 17
9h30-17h15 Becton Dickinson Multicolor Flow Cytometry Workshop (in Spanish, limited slots available)
9h30-10h15 Panel Design: Best Fluorochromes for Better Results (General Public/Público General) - Paz Reyes Z. PhD, Especialista de Aplicaciones BD Chile
10h20-11h00 Compensation and Controls in Multicolor Flow Cytometry (General Public) - María Bernarda Ganem, PhD, Especialista de Aplicaciones BD Argentina
11h00-11h30 Coffee Break
11h30-12h45 Multicolor Workshop Part I: Tools for Panel Design (Limited Spots Available)
12h45-14h15 Lunch
14h15-15h45 Multicolor Workshop Part II: Data Analysis (Limited Spots Available)
15h45-16h00 Coffee Break
16h00-17h15 General Discussion and Conclusions for the Flow Cytometer Course

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Alexis Kalergis, Director of FCE Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy; Full Professor, Faculty of Biological Sciences, PontificiaUniversidad Católica de Chile.
  • Dr. Ignacio Anegon, Director of FCE Nantes University and Multinational FCEs, INSERM 1064-CRTI.
  • Dr. Pablo González, Associate Investigator, FCE Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Additional information: Dr. Pablo González, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting web site: www.imii.cl

Cancellation Policy

For notification of cancellation sent in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before April 14, 2017, a full refund, less a $50 administrative fee, will be given. No refunds will be provided after April 14, 2017.

Questions? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

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