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2017 FOCIS European Advanced Course - Prague

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2016 FOCIS European Advanced Course – Success!


The 1st European FOCIS Advanced Course in Immunology took place in the Institut Pasteur of Paris from October 17th to 19th and was organized by Milena Hasan, PhD, Terri Laufer, MD, and Ignacio Anegon, MD.

The course had 120 registrations which was the maximum capacity of the conference room. Students were almost half from France and the rest from 12 other European countries as well as from USA, Chile and Qatar. Speakers were also from a diverse international origin: USA, France, Italy, Germany, UK and Chile.

Europe will likely have the 2nd FOCIS Advanced Course in Immunology held in another European country in the near future, we will keep you posted!

Ignacio Anegon, MD

Course Directors



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Type   Member   Non-Member
Trainee/Fellow $345 $460
General $460  $630 
Industry  $685 $855 
Ignacio Anegon, MD
Terri Laufer, MD
University of Pennsylvania

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.

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 Awards

BIO-DrIM will sponsor a limited number of travel awards for the course. Please follow the link below for application instructions.  
Travel Award Application Instructions

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Course Agenda 

Monday, October 17 
7:30 - 8:45 Reception and Registration
8:45 - 9:00 Overview of FOCIS and FOCIS Centers of Excellence - Ignacio Anegon, MD, INSERM Nantes
and Milena Hasan, PhD, Pasteur Institute
9:00 - 9:30 Overview of the Immune System - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
9:30 - 10:30 Innate and Innate-like Lymphocytes - Olivier Lantz, MD, Institut Curie
10:30 - 10:45    Break
10:45 - 11:45 Macrophages and Other Myeloid Cells - Alberto Mantovani, MD, Humanitas University
11:45 - 12:45 Dendritic Cells Vassili Soumelis, MD, PhD, Institut Curie
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Antigen and Immune Receptors Signaling - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital    
15:00 - 16:00 T Cell Activation and Costimulation - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
16:00 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 17:00 T Cell Subsets - Carole Guillonneau, PhD, INSERM Nantes
17:00 - 18:00 T-B Cell Collaboration - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Tuesday, October 18
8:30 - 9:30 B Cells, Antibodies and Disease - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD, Masschusetts General Hospital
9:30 - 10:30 Immune Tolerance and Regulation - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 Transplantation - Petra Reinke, MD, Charite University Berlin
11:45 - 12:45 Autoimmunity - Terri Laufer, MD, University of Pennsylvania
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 Allergies - Kari Nadeau, MD, Stanford University
14:45 - 15:30 Immunodeficiencies - Alain Fischer, MD, INSERM Hospital Necker
15:30 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 17:15 Infectious Diseases - Alexis Kalergis, PhD, Universidad Catolica de Chile
17:15 - 18:00 Mucosal Immunity - Allan Mowat, MD, University of Glasgow
18:00 - 20:00 Reception with Faculty
Wednesday, October 19
8:30 - 9:15 Tumor Immunity - Mario Colombo, MD, Italian National Cancer Institute
9:15 - 10:00 Omics in Human Immunology Research - Darragh Duffy, PhD, Pasteur Institute
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Cytofluorimetry and Other Techniques in Clinical Immunology - Ola Winqvist, MD, Karolinska Institute
11:00 - 11:45 Immunotherapy - Jeff Bluestone, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
11:45 Visit Institut Pasteur FCE Facilities - End of Course
12:45 Lunch


 Gold Sponsors
 EuropeanCenterforTransplantation    DHU  
 i2b   transimmunom-logo 
Silver Sponsors
Effimune MilleniumInstitute FoundationCentaure
Affilogic Valneva SocieteFrancasiedimmunologie
 OSE-Immuno Myriad  
 TxCell  BioDrIM  nanostring