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FOCIS Steering Committee

FOCIS Chair
David Hafler

FOCIS Vice-Chair
Gerald T. Nepom

FOCIS Secretary/Treasurer
Jonathan Braun

Past Chair
C. Garrison Fathman

FCE Chair
Cornelia Weyand

Accreditation Chair
George Eisenbarth

Communications Chair
Lynn Gordon

Development Chair
Lanny Rosenwasser

Education Chair
P.J. Utz

International Chair
Stefan Meuer

Research Chair
Dhaval Patel

Steering Committee Members

Grant J. Anhalt

Jack P. Antel

Richard S. Blumberg

Jeffrey A. Bluestone

Mary K. Crow

C. Cunningham-Rundles

Mohamed R. Daha

Lynn K. Gordon

Allan D. Kirk

Vijay Kuchroo

Peter E. Lipsky

Michael T. Lotze

Barbara Murphy

William J. Murphy

T. Mohanakumar

Maurice R.G. O'Gorman

Charles G. Orosz

Lanny J. Rosenwasser

Daniel Rotrosen

John E. Sims

Kendall A. Smith

Kathleen Sullivan

William J. Murphy

Warren Strober

Matthias G. Von Herrath


FOCIS Update

FOCIS Update is published four times a year by the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies. All editorial communications should be directed to:
Sarah Krause
(414) 918-3192
skrause@focisnet.org



Dear Colleagues:

Early 2006 finds FOCIS busy in its pursuits to achieve its strategic goals. Among the FOCIS core values are: leadership, collaboration, training and education, and interdisciplinary approaches in education, research, and patient care. We are making great strides through activities like the Network of Consortia (NOC) Meeting and the Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology.

The second annual NOC Meeting brought together a diverse grouping of disease specific consortia to discuss the commonalities in reasearch methods and standardizing processes to ease the sharing of data across consortia and across disciplines. At the conclusion of this year's meeting FOCIS came away with a summary of the proceedings and anticipation for future initiatives. To access this summary please visit www.focisnet.org/noc.

The 2007 NOC Meeting will be led by Steve Rich, PhD, Wake Forest University, a member of the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disease Consortium. Under the leadership of Dr. Rich the meeting will be held in conjunction with FOCIS 2007 in San Diego. We hope that teaming up with the FOCIS Annual Meeting will allow maximum participation in both events. The NOC Meeting is a critical forum for collaboration between key participants in the various consortia.

As the NOC Meeting accomplishes one of the main FOCIS goals of collaboration, the second program held this year, the Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology leads us in the direction of two of our core values; training and education and interdisciplinary approaches in education, reasearch and patient care. The inagural offering of the Advanced Course organized by P.J. Utz, MD, Stanford University and Abul K. Abbas, MD, University of California - San Francisco, recently concluded in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The four course is targeted at fellows-in-training, clinical scientists interested in an update and researchers in industry. As the agenda progressed, the learners traveled from basic science to clinical research and explored the translational aspects of a multitude of immune-based diseases. For those looking for a more compact immunology update, you may want to consider the day-long Basic Immunology for Clinicans: Update 2006 course being held May 31, one day prior to FOCIS 2006.

To learn more about the scientific program or other FOCIS educational opportunities, please visit www.focisnet.org/education. Watch for announcements for the next offering of the Advanced Course!

FOCIS is actively pursuing new opportunities for scientists, researchers and academicians to increase their knowledge in immunology and to interact with colleagues to foster the transfer of knowledge. The premiere venue for this interaction is the FOCIS Annual Meeting. FOCIS 2006 runs June 1 - 5 in San Francisco. The preliminary program is full of exciting speakers and the most up to date topics. Register at www.focisnet.org by April 15 to receive Advance Registration rates. See you in San Francisco!

Best regards,

David Hafler, MD
FOCIS Chair
Harvard Medical School

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San Francisco or Bust! Register Now for FOCIS 2006
Advance registration for FOCIS 2006 is available through April 15.

FOCIS 2006 will be held June 1-5 at the San Francisco Marriott. Register before April 15 to receive reduced advance registration rates. Registration discounts are also available for booking your room at the FOCIS 2006 Headquarters Hotel! Simply log onto www.focisnet.org to make a reservation at the San Francisco Marriott. Use your Marriott acknowledgement number when registering for FOCIS 2006 to qualify for the Headquarters Hotel Discount.

Book Your Room at the Marriott- Receive Discounted Registration!
You can receive a discounted registration rate simply by booking your hotel room at the San Francisco Marriott, the FOCIS 2006 headquarters hotel. Room rates are the lowest in the area at $184/night. Enter your Marriott acknowledgement number when registering for FOCIS 2006 to receive an even lower meeting registration rate.

Trainees booking their hotel rooms at the San Francisco Marriott are also eligible for reduced rates of $139/night, compared to the already low rate of $184/night for delegates. A limited number of rooms are available at this bargain rate. Trainees, book your room now to lock in these rates. Log on to www.focisnet.org to make your reservation or call the Marriott reservations line at 1-800-266-9432.

Satellite Programs
Check out the exciting satellite programs planned for FOCIS 2006! Satellite programs offer you the opportunity to supplement your cross-disciplinary experience at FOCIS 2006 with the latest disease-specific information.
Log onto www.focisnet.org/meetings/am06/satellite.php to see Satellite Program information from the following FOCIS Member Societies:
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American College of Rheumatology
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
American Uveitis Society
Clinical Immunology Society
International Society for Neuroimmunology & Immunology of Diabetes Society (joint-sponsored)
Society for Mucosal Immunology

Questions? Please contact:
Megan M. Kelley
Meetings Manager
555 E. Wells St., Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 918-3192
Fax: (414) 276-3349
mkelley@focisnet.org

Increase Visibility!
FOCIS is currently in the final stages of securing support for FOCIS 2006, the premiere meeting in clinical immunology. Don't miss your chance to reach the widest audience of translational immunology professionals. Click here to view FOCIS Sponsorship Opportunities for FOCIS 2006.

If you are interested in supporting an educational session or social event, please contact Gail Bast, FOCIS Executive Director at (414) 918-3192 or info@focisnet.org.

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Educating and Advancing - FOCIS Educational Opportunities
Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology

The newest addition to the FOCIS Educational Programs repertoire is the Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology, which recently concluded in Scottsdale, Arizona. This premier course featured talks from highly respected scientists and researchers and a sold-out attendance of 140 delegates.

The course provided an in-depth introduction to immunology with an emphasis on the basic biological underpinning of important human immunological diseases. Watch for communications announcing the 2007 course!

Basic Immunology for Clinicians: Update Twice in 2006
This day-long intensive course intended to update clinicians, clinical scientists and trainees about recent advances in immunology, with an emphasis on the biological basis of immunological diseases and therapies taught by Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School will be offered at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) State-of-the-Art Symposium, April 9, 2006. Please contact Megan Kelley, FOCIS Meetings Manager for more information.

Another offering of the course will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - San Francisco Marriott, California (immediately preceding FOCIS 2006). The course will be co-taught by its creators, Abul K. Abbas, MD, University of California - San Francisco and Hidde Ploegh, PhD, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

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FOCIS Network of Consortia

A Meeting of the Minds

The 2nd Annual Network of Consortia (NOC) Meeting was held February 2-4 in Coconut Grove, Florida. The meeting offered a venue for individual consortium to hold their meetings as well as a day for all consortia to gather and discuss challenges that are common across disease-specific consortia.

One of the most highly lauded aspects of the meeting was the research updates given by a member of each represented consortium, briefing the attendees from other consortia on their most recent news.

The next NOC Meeting will be held in conjunction with FOCIS 2007 in San Diego, California. FOCIS welcomes consortia to gather and hold individual meetings and participate in a day and a half of collaborative workshops.

For more information on the NOC and to view the meeting summary, please visit the NOC Web site www.focisnet.org/noc or contact Sarah Krause, skrause@focisnet.org.

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FOCIS Centers of Excellence

News You Can Use - FOCIS Centers of Excellence

FCE Directors Meeting
The FOCIS Winter Meeting will be held the day before the FOCIS Annual Meeting, on May 31. The timing of the meeting offers directors a chance to conduct FCE business on Wednesday, attend the Trainee Satellite Symposium (TSS) with their trainees on Thursday, and take in cutting edge science at the premiere meeting in clinical immunology. Reserve your hotel room now as space is limited.
Mark your calendars!
FCE Directors Meeting
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
San Francisco Marriott
Welcome Aboard!
New FOCIS Center of Excellence

FOCIS welcomes the Karolinska Institute along with Director, Lars Klareskog, as the newest member of the FOCIS Centers of Excellence. The Karolinska Institute aims to advance the science and medicine of clinical immunology in a translational context by stimulating multidisciplinary interaction and educational programs. FOCIS looks forward to the collaborations to come.

New FOCIS Center Director
FOCIS and the FOCIS Centers of Excellence (FCE) welcome the newest addition to the FCE Network: Dr. Kiron Das. Dr. Das will be taking the FCE Director position previously held by Dr. Alice Gottlieb at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. We look forward to continued leadership and participation.

Giannina Gaslini Institute Announces New Training Programs
The FCE at the Giannina Gaslini Institute in Genoa, Italy, has recently added three new residential training programs in Immunology & Clinical Microbiology, Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Rheumatology.

Classroom hours are interspersed with visits to Gaslini divisions and laboratories to give participants as much of a hands-on experience as possible, and participants are also encouraged to present on topics of their choice, thereby enhancing the training experience. Courses are accredited by the Italian CME Commission and generally receive the maximum number of credit hours possible, and all teaching/training contents (faculty lectures, presentations and complementary materials) are collected and subsequently made available on CD. Click here to view course topics and teaching faculty www.gaslini-international.sispge.com.

NEW! European Immunology Workshop
Dominique Baeten, FOCIS Millennium Award Winner and FCE participant has partnered with some of the leading immunology centers in Europe to present the 1st European Workshop on Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Disorders, September 27-29, 2006 in Amsterdam. The workshop is aimed specifically at junior-level physician-scientists with active interest in clinical immunology and inflammatory diseases. Register now! Workshop attendance is limited to 150 participants. www.medicongress.com/imid/index.html

Position Available! Baylor College of Medicine Endowed Chair
The Immunology Allergy and Rheumatology Section of the Department of Medicine and Biology of Inflammation Center invite applications for appointment to the Nancy Chang Chair in Allergy and Immunology or the Brown Foundation Chair in Rheumatology. Candidates must have outstanding scholarly achievement and ongoing extramural funding of research in basic or translational immunology relevant to the disciplines of Allergy and Immunology or Rheumatology. Research facilities are in the new laboratories of the interdisciplinary Biology of Inflammation Center, and clinical facilities are in the new Baylor Clinic. Applicants should submit a letter summarizing research interests and career goals, and a CV to: David P. Huston, MD; Baylor College of Medicine; One Baylor Plaza, BCM 285; Houston, TX 77030-3411. Email: dhuston@bcm.edu. Phone:713-798-3360

FCEs, share the news on how your center advances interdisciplinary efforts.
Send your FCE Updates to Sarah Krause at skrause@focisnet.org


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FOCIS Member Societies

FOCIS Welcomes New Societies

FOCIS would like to welcome our newest Member and Affiliate Societies:

Member Societies:
American Society of Nephrology
The Transplantation Society

Affiliate Societies:
Croatian Society of Allerology and Clinical Immunology
Lithuanian Society of Pulmonology and Allergy
Section for Clinical Immunology of the Swedish Society of Medicine
Ukrainian Society of Immunology and Allergy
Uveitis Association of Mexico

FOCIS provides its Member and Affiliate Societies with reduced registration rates at the FOCIS Annual Meeting. The FOCIS Annual Meeting allows clinicians from around the world to come together to hear the latest scientific research in several fields relating to the broad study of immune-mediated diseases and conditions, to share their own research breakthroughs, and network with colleagues.

FOCIS Member Societies also help develop the scientific program and select sites for the Annual Meeting. In addition to Annual Meeting perks, Member Society members are the first to hear about FOCIS courses and educational opportunities.

Events

American College of Rheumatology State-of-the-Art Symposium
April 7-9, 2006
Chicago, IL

The ACR will hold the State-of-the-Art Symposium in Chicago, IL, April 7-9, 2006. The program will end with a special offering of the FOCIS Course, Basic Immunology for Clinicians: Update 2006. Please contact Megan Kelley, FOCIS Meetings Manager for more information.

Cytokines 2006 - 6th Joint Meeting of the International Cytokine Society, International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research & the European Cytokine Society
August 27-31, 2006
Vienna, Austria

The scientific program of this conference will bring together the leading investigators in molecular biology of cytokines, in cancer research and in immunology. Themes to be covered are: new cytokines, cytokine functions and structures, gene regulation, signal transduction, cell cycle control, role of cytokines in immunology, inflammation, angiogenesis and host defense.

Member Societies, we want to hear from you!
Please send your upcoming news and events to Sarah Krause, skrause@focisnet.org.


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Program Announcements...

Expanded 2006 ITN Scholars Program
The Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) announces the availability of up to two clinical research fellowships for its 2006 ITN Scholars Program. The program provides promising young investigators with intensive, hands-on training in the planning, design and implementation of clinical trials. Through close mentorship by ITN Clinical Directors, ITN Scholars develop an intimate knowledge of the scientific, medical and regulatory aspects of clinical research.

The Program is open to senior clinical fellows and junior medical faculty. Preferred candidates will have a serious interest in pursuing a career in clinical investigation and have a demonstrated interest in clinical immunology in the field of transplantation, autoimmunity or asthma/allergy.

Applications must be received by the ITN by April 14, 2006. Additional details and application procedures are available at www.immunetolerance.org/fellowship.


Lupus Research Institute New Research Grants for Novel Approaches to Lupus
The Lupus Research Institute - founded to support highly promising idea-driven novel approaches to discover the cause, improve treatment and cure lupus - invites applications for financial support starting November 2006 for basic and clinical Novel Research Projects relevant to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Both established and new investigators may apply. Applicants should hold advanced degrees and be affiliated with institutions of higher learning in the United States. Grant applications are limited to six pages. Annual funding of up to $100,000 per year, for a term of up to three years, will be awarded for approved projects.

For additional information and a copy of the grant application, visit the Lupus Research Institute website - www.lupusresearchinstitute.org - or contact Laura Hack, Grants Administrator, at lhack@lupusny.org or at (212) 685-4118.

Applications must be received by June 1, 2006


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Events

24th Annual Aspen Allergy Conference
This conference to be held in Aspen at the Given Institute of Pathobiology is jointly sponsored by: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Colorado Allergy and Asthma Society, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Important Dates: July 26 - 29, 2006 with a Welcome Reception and early registration the evening of Tuesday, July 25, 2006

For more information contact Kathleen Goldy, Conference Coordinator at (303) 282-0491 or kagoldy@msn.com.

Click here to view a complete listing of grant and award opportunities.


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