Letter from the President
Summer is rapidly approaching and schedules are filling up. I encourage you to make room on your calendar for the premier meeting in translational immunology, FOCIS 2013, June 27-30 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston's Seaport District is a thriving neighborhood that will provide an exciting backdrop to the stellar science and unrivaled exposure to the top leaders in immunology and its related fields.
FOCIS is the leader in immunology education and this year’s meeting delivers on that promise. Many of us belong to multiple specialty societies to stay connected with the current developments in our field. FOCIS complements this and keeps you ahead of the curve by providing a look into the future. By listening, learning and interacting with colleagues from different disciplines, we get a glimpse of the possibilities for the future of research and clinical immunology. FOCIS also provides necessary education on the role of the immune system in different diseases and a global view on how to select the most effective therapies.
The FOCIS 2013 Organizing Committee led by Steve Ziegler, PhD from the Benaroya Research Institute has put together an exciting program that includes the most novel basic research and the implications for human application as well as the results of immune-based treatments in clinical settings. Visit the FOCIS 2013 Program at a Glance to see the lineup of topics and speakers and register now! New this year is the opportunity to submit your comments and questions to the speakers in advance. When you view the preliminary program, click on the button next to the presentation you would like to comment on and your feedback will help shape the direction of the meeting!
FOCIS 2013 also offers three courses from the FOCIS educational portfolio (FOCISed). The Clinical Trials in Immunologic Disease course has been moved to Sunday, June 30 to allow clinicians to attend without taking time out of their work week. Held June 26, the longest standing FOCIS course, Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2013, delivers information on the major recent advances in basic immunology that are most relevant to human disease and immunologic therapies. Interventional Immunology discusses the newest therapies and novel applications across multiple diseases on June 27. Discounted rates are available for course and annual meeting packages. More information on each course is available below.
There is much to learn, see and do in Boston before, during and after FOCIS 2013. I hope to see you there!
Abul K. Abbas, MD
FOCIS is the meeting in translational immunology that will give you a competitive edge in your career. Stay ahead of the curve with leading clinicians and researchers delivering the latest breakthroughs across immune-mediated diseases. Plan now to join your colleagues in the collaborative forum that is FOCIS 2013. Listen as past attendees speak out on why they come to FOCIS each year.
|Important Dates and Deadlines|
|Headquarter hotel registration discount deadline||Friday, May 3, 2013|
|Meeting registration deadline||Friday, May 31, 2013|
|FOCIS 2013||Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30, 2013|
For the first time, you have the opportunity to help shape the FOCIS 2013 program! FOCIS is now offering a new interactive program feature allowing you to submit questions to speakers in advance of their presentations to drive the discussion during the meeting. To view the Program at a Glance, click here.
The Seaport District is in the throes of an exciting renaissance. Warehouses, shipping piers and railroad tracks create an environment of industrial authenticity for numerous local restaurants and area attractions. The Seaport District offers a fresh new way to experience the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Don’t miss out!
DVS Sciences has developed the CyTOF® mass cytometer and associated metal-tagged reagents. The CyTOF mass cytometry platform is uniquely capable of simultaneously resolving more than 30 probes on a per-cell basis at high acquisition rates. This high information throughput provides researchers with an unparalleled ability to phenotypically and functionally profile cells from normal and diseased states using a limited amount of sample. Visit DVS Sciences in the FOCIS 2013 Exhibit Hall!
Morning Symposia: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Symposia: 12:45 – 4:45 pm
Open to all FOCIS 2013 attendees, this workshop is designed to teach current best practices for obtaining high-quality, reproducible flow cytometry data for immune phenotyping. Day one of this two-part series discusses the factors that contribute to variability in multicenter flow cytometry studies; identify the steps that have been taken by different groups to control these factors; and site the successes of the various consortia that have undertaken flow cytometry standardization, and what gaps still remain. Day two compares and contrasts the applications best suited for imaging and mass cytometry and discusses the current limitations of each of these technologies.
View the program!
Part I Friday, June 28 – 3:15-5:15 pm
Part II Saturday, June 29 – 3:15-5:15 pm
Registration for Principles of Flow Cytometry for Immune Monitoring is included in your FOCIS 2013 registration fee. Register today!
FOCIS 2013 is just around the corner, and your company still has the opportunity to reach an elite, interdisciplinary audience of researchers, academicians and clinicians throughout immunology. Program an Industry Workshop lunch session and show the FOCIS community how your company is advancing human health through immunology. Workshops run from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm on June 28 and 29, and the investment is $9,500 plus the cost of catering the lunch and A/V. FOCIS will promote the session in the FOCIS 2013 Program, on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages and through email blast communication.
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The 2013 Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology once again drew an international audience for high science in a hot spot.
Course directors Drs. Scott Plevy and Mark Anderson celebrate a job well done! Save the date: the 2014 course will take place in late February 2014 in Scottsdale. Registration will open in October – check the FOCIS website for more details soon!
June 26, 2013, 8:30am - 5:15pm
“This course provided excellent background for reading and understanding immunology literature in general.”
June 27, 2013, 8:30am - 5:00pm
“Attending this course has definitely sharpened my therapeutic skills as a clinical immunologist.”
June 30, 2013, 8:15am - 5:15pm
“This course reinforced best practices for clinical trials and enhanced critical thinking in review and design.”
Bring experts directly to your company’s site to educate your employees on the fundamentals of immunology. Basic Immunology in Medicine To Go is an up-to-date, clinically relevant overview of how the immune system functions and malfunctions, presented in a manner that is accessible and of interest to individuals with various levels of scientific knowledge.
Choose the one or two-day option:
Day one: Basic immunology education
Day two (optional): Targeted education directly applicable to your company’s interest area
What industry attendees are saying about the Basic Immunology in Medicine To Go Course…
“I enjoyed the class and was able to take away key concepts in immunology. I feel more comfortable being able to have a conversation with someone more knowledgeable in this subject area than I did before this class.”
“As a result of this course I have improved my ability to understand the basic science underlying immunotherapy drug development.”
“I recommend organizing this course and similar ones at regular intervals.”
The wait is over; FOCIS is delighted to reveal the successful delegates who have been selected to attend the 2013 Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia course! The adjudication panel, Professors Frank Nestle (FOCIS – King’s College, London), Carlo Pincelli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena) and Reinhard Angelmar (INSEAD) were greatly impressed with the high standard and number of applications that were received for this new initiative; they would like to extend their gratitude to those who took the time to apply for this unique course, making their adjudicating role such an interesting experience.
Due to such a high number of competitive applications, a total of 21 delegates have been accepted on to the course, listed below in alphabetical order:
It is very exciting to have such a diverse group of delegates, with specific interests ranging from initiating start-up/spin-off research companies and leading research groups to focusing research on the identification of novel therapeutic targets for a variety of diseases. The successful delegates all indicated their desire to learn more about the pharmaceutical industry and its collaboration with research, with several citing the need to improve patient care as an incentive for applying to this course. More information on each of the accepted delegates and their current research focus can be found on the ECA website, where you can also read their reasons for applying to such a unique initiative (www.focis-eca.com).
The course is supported by Celgene (www.celgene.com), a biopharmaceutical company closely aligned with the goals of FOCIS to improve translation of scientific ideas and observations into therapeutics and benefits for patients with immune and inflammatory diseases. FOCIS is able to fund the course tuition fees, on site accommodation and transport for each delegate thanks to an educational grant from Celgene. One of the world’s leading graduate business schools and a pioneer of international business education, INSEAD (www.insead.edu; Fontainebleau, France) has helped FOCIS to develop a unique course schedule involving a faculty of great experience and knowledge, and will be delivering the course in September this year.
No problem. Translational Immunology Update aggregates the latest content and delivers it to your inbox each quarter. The newest issue was released March 15th to FOCIS members. Each title is viewable on the FOCIS homepage. To view the full text, click on any article and enter your FOCIS member information. Not a FOCIS member yet? Join today!
FOCIS is proud to announce the newest FOCIS Center of Excellence (FCE) Directors! Davide Bedognetti taking over for Franco Marincola at the NIH, Jane Buckner taking over for Keith Elkon at University of Washington/Benaroya Research Institute and Anna Feldweg taking over for Abrar Qureshi at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Welcome to all of the new directors and thank you to all of the outgoing directors for their hard work and dedication!
Poster tours give all trainees a chance to present
FCE Chair Timothy Niewold, University of Chicago
with NIH trainees David Bedognetti and Enrico Lugli
Tiara Byrd, Baylor College of Medicine
Natalie Hutnick, University of Pennsylvania
Remember to visit the FOCIS Grants/Awards site regularly to view new grant opportunities in the field of clinical immunology and related disciplines. Grants are currently listed from the NIAID, NIDDK, NIAMS, NIH Roadmap and many more.
From academia to government to industry; below are the openings available in the immunology job market! Click on each job posting to find out more details.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), Oklahoma City, OK
Assistant or Associate Member - Arthritis & Clinical Immunology
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), Oklahoma City, OK
Associate Member – MS Center of Excellence in the Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Research Program
Relevant meetings and educational programs from our Member Societies and partners in immunology.
Keystone Symposia: Positive Strand RNA Viruses
April 28–May 3, 2013
Keystone Symposia: The Innate Immune Response in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
May 10–15, 2013
Ouro Preto, Brazil
18th Nantes/Actualités/Transplantation (NAT) Conference
June 24–25, 2013
FOCIS Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2013
June 26, 2013
June 27-30, 2013
FOCIS Interventional Immunology
June 27, 2013
FOCIS Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease
June 30, 2013
EAACI & WAO Annual Meeting
June 22-26, 2013
16th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology
July 17-20, 2013
Entrepeneurs in Clinical Academia
September 23–27, 2013
Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination
December 13–18, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
FOCIS is a federation of societies that unite under the common mission to improve human health through immunology.
Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma Immunology
American College of Rheumatology • American Rhinological Society • American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics • American Society of Nephrology • American Society of Transplantation
American Uveitis Society • Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
Association for Cancer Immunotherapy • Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy • British Society for Immunology
Cancer Research Institue • Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research
Clinical Immunology Chapter of the Sociedad Mexicana de Immunología • Clinical Immunology Society
Commonwealth of Independent States Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Croatian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Egyptian Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology • European Society for Immunodeficiencies
European Society for Organ Transplantation • Georgian Association of Allegology and Clinical Immunology
German Society of Immunology • Immune Tolerance Network • Immunology of Diabetes Society
International Complement Society • International Cytokine Society
International Life Sciences Institute/Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research
International Society for NeuroImmunoModulation • International Society of Neuroimmunology
Israel Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology • Italian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Japanese Society for Immunology • Lithuanian Society of Pulmonology and Allergy
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases • Pan American Group for Immunodefiency
Section of Clinical Immunology and Allergy of the Royal Society of Medicine
Section for Clinical Immunology of the Swedish Society of Medicine • Society of Innate Immunity • Society for Immunotheraphy of Cancer
Society for Investigative Dermatology • Society for Mucosal Immunology • The Transplantation Society
Ukrainian Society of Immunology and Allergy • Uveitis Association of Mexico • World Allergy Organization