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FOCIS Update

FOCIS Board of Directors

FOCIS President
Abul K. Abbas

FOCIS Vice President
Robert Nussenblatt

FOCIS Secretary/Treasurer
Matthias von Herrath

Past President
Jonathan Braun

Jane Buckner
Amit Bar-Or
Andrew Lichtman
Holden Maecker
Phil McCoy
Frank Nestle
Timothy Niewold
Scott Plevy
Elaine Reed
William Robinson 

Compliance Officer
Jordan Pober

Steering Committee
Richard Blumberg
Robert Colbert
Barbara Detrick
Robert Fairchild
Edward Knol
Vijay Kuchroo
Hakon Leffler
Stefan Meuer
Gerald T. Neprom
Robert B. Nussenblatt
Raegan O'Lone
Elaine Reed
Bart Roep
Lanny J. Rosenwasser
Daniel Rotrosen
Brad Rovin
Megan Sykes
Jo Viney
Matthias von Herrath
Vicky Werth
Takashi Yamamura

Executive Director
Gail Bast

FOCIS Update is published four times a year by the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies. All editorial communications should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Letter from the President

AbbasDear Colleagues,

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!

Kind regards,
Abbas Signature

Abul K. Abbas, MD
FOCIS President

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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

FOCIS 2013 Interactive ProgramNew Interactive Program Feature

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.

Boston's Seaport

Experience Boston’s Seaport District at FOCIS 2013

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!

FacebookFollow the FOCIS Facebook page to stay up to date on Seaport District happenings and enter to win free passes to the Charles Riverboat Tours, Old Town Trolley Tours and for the SkyWalk observatory.

Featured Exhibitor: DVS Sciences

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!

Exciting Member Society Symposia Slated for FOCIS 2013

Member Society Symposia admission is included with your FOCIS 2013 registration – register today!

Morning Symposia: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Nanoparticle Vaccine Delivery Systems for Type 1 Diabetes – Programmed by JDRF

  • New Technologies in Transplantation Immunology – Co-programmed by The Transplantation Society (TTS) and the American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ASHI)
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  • Cord Blood-Derived Cellular Therapies – Programmed by the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASMBT)


Afternoon Symposia: 12:45 – 4:45 pm

  • Tissue-Intrinsic Mechanisms of Immunoregulation – Co-programmed by Americas Committee for the Treatment and Research of Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) and the CIHR Human Immunology Network (CHIN)
  • Assessment of Abnormalities in the Human Innate Immune System – Co-programmed by the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists (AMLI), American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physician Scientists (ACLPS) *Begins at 12:30pm
  • A New Look at Allergen Immunotherapy – Co-programmed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)


FOCIS 2013: Principles of Flow Cytometry for Immune Monitoring

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!

Advancing Immunology? Show us How With an Industry Workshop at FOCIS 2013!

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.

Looking for other opportunities for visibility and exposure? Support the Opening Reception or President’s Reception, advertise in the FOCIS 2013 Program, host an exhibit (space almost sold out) or support travel awards for fellows to attend. A complete listing of options is available in the 2013 Support Opportunities guide. Reserve your package now to be sure you receive the maximum level of exposure. ContactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (414) 359-1670 ext. 1115 to be a part of FOCIS 2013, the meeting for translational immunology!

Join FOCISRenew Your Membership by April 30 to Ensure Reduced FOCIS 2013 Registration Rates

Follow these simple steps to renew:

  1. Click here.
  2. If you are not already, login with your email address and password (if you have never logged in before your password is FOCIS, followed by your initials; e.g. John Smith would be FOCISJS).
  3. Click on Pay Open Orders and proceed to checkout.
  4. If you belong to one of FOCIS' Member Societies be sure to enter the appropriate discount code based on your member type during the checkout process: Enter Regular-Society, Trainee-Society or Industry-Society to get the discounted rate.

Not a Member? Join Today!

Benefits include:

  • Clinical Immunology - the official journal of FOCIS
  • Translational Immunology Update – FOCIS ePublication aggregating the latest in clinical immunology
  • FOCIS online courses (Interventional Immunology, the Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology and Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease)
  • Post jobs on the FOCIS website
  • Annual Meeting abstract submission
  • Reduced course and meeting registration rates
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities
  • NEW – guaranteed paper review when submitting to Clinical Immunology!

Advanced Course2013 Advanced Course: Another Resounding Success!

The 2013 Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology once again drew an international audience for high science in a hot spot.

FOCIS is proud to co-sponsor travel awards with the International Union of Immunology Societies (IUIS) for attendees from developing countries. Here the awardees are pictured with course faculty: (from left to right) Jelena Cvetkovic, Andrew Lichtman, Mark Anderson, Jonathan Maltzman and Nicolas Ponce

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!

Coming to Boston in June or Online on Demand:FOCISLive

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Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2013

Course Directors

Abul Abbas, MD
Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD

June 26, 2013, 8:30am - 5:15pm
Reviews selected topics in basic immunology with emphasis on recent advances and issues that are relevant to the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases.

“This course provided excellent background for reading and understanding immunology literature in general.”

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Interventional Immunology

Course Director:

Scott Plevy, MD

June 27, 2013, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Familiarizes practicing physicians with the scientific basis of novel immune therapies, their clinical applications and their possible side-effects and limitations.

“Attending this course has definitely sharpened my therapeutic skills as a clinical immunologist.”

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Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease

Course Directors:

Bob Nussenblatt
Bob Nussenblatt, MD
Carla Greenbaum, MD

June 30, 2013, 8:15am - 5:15pm
Educates on the basics in clinical trial methodology, particularly as it relates to immunologic disease. A practicum is offered to participants using a model scenario.

“This course reinforced best practices for clinical trials and enhanced critical thinking in review and design.”

Basic to GoEducate Your Employees in House on the Fundamentals of Immunology

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

  • 2 FOCIS educational instructors at your site
  • Online access to lecture materials
  • Program evaluation
  • Knowledgeable, effective employees!

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.”

Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia (ECA) – The Decision Has Been Made!

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:

  • Dr. Filipa Almeida; Instituto de Medicina Molecular (IMM), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dr. Nathalie Amzallag; Institut Curie, Paris, France
  • Dr. Michael Ardern-Jones; Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK
  • Dr. Christian Beyer; Erlangen University Hospital, Erlangen, Germany
  • Dr. Thomas Bieber; University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • Dr. Yoram Bouhnik; Pôle des Maladies de l'Appareil Digestif (PMAD), Beaujon Hospital, Clichy, France
  • Dr. Alberto Cauli; Policlinico Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
  • Dr. Antonio Costanzo; University of Rome "Sapienza", Rome, Italy
  • Dr. Darragh Duffy; Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Dr. Antonio Facchiano; Istituto Di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS), Rome, Italy
  • Dr. Juan Guinea; Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, Madrid, Spain
  • Prof. John Isaacs; Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  • Dr. Petra Jones; Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dr. Stijn Lambrecht; Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium
  • Dr. Roberta Lotti; University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
  • Dr. Sara Marsal; University Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr. Benjamin Owens; JR Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Dr. Timothy Radstake; University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Alix Scholer-Dahirel; Institut Curie, Paris, France
  • Prof. Jan-Christoph Simon; University Hospital Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • Dr. Rogier Thurlings; University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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.

Haven't had a Chance to Read that Stack of Journals on your Desk?

altNo 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!

Submit Your Trial Data to be Featured in the Next Issue!

Each issue of Translational Immunology Update includes an update on important positive or negative Phase 1 or Phase 2 clinical trials reported within the previous six months in the context of immune therapy. The format should include a brief introduction, and bulleted items for each of the following areas: Disease; Study Design; Drug; Results (Safety/Efficacy). Trials should be outside of a specific clinical specialty and include why the trial is of interest to the broader FOCIS community. The clinical trials that you choose to review do NOT need to be conducted at your institution. If we receive two or more reviews on the same publication, we will edit to consolidate the reviews, and attribute all the reviewers. Please send your trial reviews to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

FOCIS Centers of Excellence News:

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!

Jane Buckner
Davide Bedgonetti
Anna Feldweg

 TSS Celebrates 10 Years of Developing Future Leaders: Calling All Alumni


2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Trainee Satellite Symposium (TSS)! To celebrate, we invite all TSS alumni to join us on Thursday, June 27, 7:30am in Cityview II, Plaza Level in the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts to see how TSS has evolved, hear the latest research from within the FCEs and network with FCE leaders, past and present trainees and colleagues. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP. If you can’t make it during the day, then swing by for a drink and network with trainees and other young professionals in attendance at FOCIS 2013 at the Young Immunology Professionals Reception and Communities of Practice Meet Up.

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

Grants Available

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.

Your Immunology Career Resource

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

Looking for a Meeting?

Relevant meetings and educational programs from our Member Societies and partners in immunology.

Keystone Symposia: Positive Strand RNA Viruses
April 28–May 3, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

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
Nantes, France

FOCIS Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2013
June 26, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

FOCIS 2013
June 27-30, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

FOCIS Interventional Immunology
June 27, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

FOCIS Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease
June 30, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

EAACI & WAO Annual Meeting
June 22-26, 2013
Milan, Italy

16th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology
July 17-20, 2013
Vancouver, Canada

Entrepeneurs in Clinical Academia
September 23–27, 2013
Fontainebleau, France

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