I'm pleased to introduce to you the first issue of FOCIS Update, a quarterly e-newsletter providing you with important information related to the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) and the FOCIS Centers of Excellence (FCE).
It is with great excitement that FOCIS launched its newly re-designed Web site -- the source for FOCIS Annual Meeting (FOCIS 2005) and FCE information, educational programs, grants and awards information, and FOCIS Member Society events. FOCIS 2005 program information and registration is available online now.
This has been an eventful year for the FCE. Among other highlights, the inaugural FCE Trainee Satellite Symposium (TSS) and Black Tie Gala were held in July in Montreal during the joint meeting of FOCIS and the International Congress of Immunology. This unique session highlighted the work of trainees selected from each FCE and provided them the opportunity to present to a very select audience. Amgen and Centocor each supported a fellowship award - Congratulations to recipients Clare Baecher-Allan and Kristi Williams! Thanks to FCE directors and trainees, the 2004 TSS was a complete success. We look forward to your participation in an equally-outstanding TSS program for the 5th Annual Meeting of FOCIS in May 2005 in Boston. The TSS was just one of many achievements this year. More information on several other FCE accomplishments is included below.
With an eye to the future, the FCE will have a very important role in the coming months. A special issue of Clinical Immunology is in the works, to be published in Spring 2005. Plans have begun for the first annual Winter "Summer" School, slated for January 2006 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Many people are hard at work on these endeavors and other proposed FCE programs detailed below.
On behalf of FOCIS, I'd like to thank you for your support this year. Exciting prospects are on the horizon for FOCIS and the FCE, and we are pleased that you will be a part of them.
With warm regards,
C. Garrison Fathman
Register NOW! Submit an Abstract!
FOCIS is now accepting abstract submissions for FOCIS 2005. Log onto www.focisnet.org
to view the "Call for Abstracts." Abstracts must be submitted electronically before the January 17, 2005 deadline. Travel grants will be awarded to selected individuals whose abstracts are chosen for presentation at FOCIS 2005.
Register online now for FOCIS 2005 at www.focisnet.org
Inaugural Trainee Satellite Symposium a success
The first Trainee Satellite Symposium (TSS) was held July 17, 2004 at the 2004 FOCIS/ICI Meeting in Montreal. Two trainees from each FCE were selected by their respective FCE directors to submit an abstract of research that was being conducted at their Centers. Sixty abstracts were submitted and reviewed prior to the meeting, with 10 of the highest-scoring abstracts selected for oral presentation at the symposium. Congratulations to the following presenters:
Dr. Anthony French; Escape of mutant double-stranded DNA virus from innate immune control; FCE: Washington University; Director: Dr. Wayne Yokoyama
Dr. Wei Ma-Krupa; Ligation of toll-like receptors primes arterial dendritic cells to initiate vasculitis of medium size blood vessels; FCE: Emory University; Director: Dr. Jorg J. Goronzy
Dr. David Martin; Mammalian DNA and histone can activate dendritic cells through TLR-9-independent pathways; FCE: University of Washington-Seattle; Director: Dr. Keith B. Elkon
Dr. Roza Nurieva; Regulation of immune and autoimmune responses by ICOS-B7h interaction; FCE: University of Washington-Seattle; Director: Dr. Keith B. Elkon
Dr. Kia-Joo Puan; Pattern recognition of microbial metabolites by human V?2Vd2 T cells
FCE: University of Iowa; Director: Dr. Elizabeth H. Field
Dr. Meera Ramanujam; Blocking BAFF using TACI-Ig/BR3-Ig in SLE: Similarities and differences; FCE: Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Director: Dr. Betty Diamond
Dr. Kayoko Sato; T cells kill vascular smooth muscle cells via the dath pathway - A role for TRAIL - Producing T cells in the Rupture of the Atherosclerotic Plaque; FCE: Emory University
Director: Dr. Jorg J. Goronzy
Dr. Steven Sutton; Anti-interleukin-5 (mepolizumab) therapy for hypereosinophilic syndromes
FCE: Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Director: Dr. Alexandra Filipovich
Dr. Kristi Williams; Monarch-1 is a negative regulator of Toll-like receptor-induced IL-6 expression through its interaction with TRAF6; Center: University of North Carolina; FCE: Dr. Dhavalkumar D. Patel
Dr. Sawsan Youssef; Pleitropic Immunoregulatory Properties of the HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor, Atorvastatin, on T cells and antigen presenting cells; FCE: University of California-San Francisco; Director: Dr. Jeffrey A. Bluestone
Two posters were selected for recognition based on the quality of the scientific material presented. Congratulations:
Dr. Karen Earle; In vitro expanded human CD4+CD25+ Regulatory T Cells suppress effector T cell proliferation; FCE: University of California-San Francisco; Director: Dr. Jeffrey A. Bluestone
Dr. Elena Perez; HIV-1 resistance in primary CD-4 T Cells expressing a gp-41 derived peptide; FCE: University of Pennsylvania Medical School; Director: Dr. Arnold I. Levinson
Two Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded
at Trainee Satellite Symposium
Also at the 2004 TSS, the FCE announced the recipients of two $75,000 postdoctoral fellowship awards for research in clinical immunology, supported by Amgen and Centocor. Applicants were required to be MD, PhD, or MD/PhD trainees who were involved in active research programs. These awards were designed for postdoctoral fellows in the later stages of training and prior to the transition to faculty.
Centocor Fellowship Award
Dr. Clare Baecher-Allan; Human CD4+CD25high Treg cells do not suppress all antigen responses equally and exhibit enhanced Th1 suppression; FCE: Harvard Medical School
Director: Dr. Paul Anderson
Amgen Fellowship Award
Dr. Kristi Williams; Monarch-1 is a negative regulator of Toll-like receptor-induced IL-6 expression through its interaction with TRAF6; FCE: University of North Carolina; Director: Dr. Dhavalkumar D. Patel
PJ Utz, FOCIS Education Chair, congratulates
Clare Baecher-Allan, Centocor Award Winner.
Kristi Williams, Amgen Award Winner appears with PJ Utz,
Alan Solinger, Director Medical Affairs, Amgen, and David Huston, FCE Chair.
FCE Trainees Receive Travel Awards
Sixty travel awards were granted to authors submitting first-authored abstracts for the TSS. Two trainees were selected from each Center by their respective directors to receive a $1,500 travel award to cover expenses incurred while attending the 2004 FOCIS/ICI Meeting.
Colleagues on the Move
Dr. Betty Diamond has moved from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York to Columbia University Medical Center, New York where she is establishing a new FOCIS Center of Excellence.
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NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases(NIAID) - Two Tenure Track Positions in the Laboratory of Immunology. Applicants in any area of immunological science will be considered, especially those interested in the immunology of infectious diseases, B-cell biology or innate immunity. Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent, strong record of post-doctoral scientific accomplishment, and will be expected to establish an independent research program. Support for salary, technical personnel, post-doctoral fellows, equipment and research supplies provided. Full benefits package available. Send CV, bibliography, outline of a proposed research program (two-page limit), and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Jonathan Ashwell, c/o Ms. Jennifer Walker, 6700 B Rockledge Drive, Suite 1230, Room 1134, Bethesda, MD 20817-7617. Deadline: December 30, 2004.
Tell us about your upcoming meetings. Send us the meeting date, place and Web site for inclusion in FOCIS Update.
- FOCIS Centers of Excellence (FCE) Winter Director's Forum
February 3-6, 2005
Sonesta Hotel & Suites, Coconut Grove, Fla.
- Basic Immunology for Clinicians: Update 2005
AAAAI Annual Meeting
March 18, 2005
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
- FOCIS Annual Meeting 2005
May 12-16, 2005
Westin Copley Place, Boston, Mass.
Preliminary Program available at www.focisnet.org
- Fall ILC Retreat
San Francisco, Calif.
FOCIS Centers of Excellence
Baylor College of Medicine
Director: Dr. David P. Huston
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Director: Dr. Paul Anderson
Children's Hospital Boston
Director: Dr. Raif S. Geha
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Director: Dr. Alexandra Filipovich
Dartmouth Medical School
Director: Dr. Lloyd Kasper
Duke University Medical Center
Director: Dr. John S. Sundy
Director: Dr. Jorg J. Goronzy
Hospital for Special Surgery
Director: Dr. Mary K. Crow
Director: Dr. Hirohito Kita
Director: Dr. Emil Skamene
Robarts Research Institute
& Western University
Director: Dr. J. Madrenas
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Director: Dr. Alice B. Gottlieb
Stanford University School of Medicine
Director: Dr. C. Garrison Fathman
University of Alabama - Birmingham
Director: Dr. Robert P. Kimberly
University of California - Los Angeles
Director: Dr. Bevra Hahn
University of California - San Diego
Director: Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh
University of California - San Francisco
Director: Dr. Jeffrey A. Bluestone
University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center
Director: Dr. Brian L. Kotzin
University of Florida
Director: Dr. John F. Valentine
University of Iowa
Director: Dr. Elizabeth H. Field
University of Miami
Director: Dr. Jay Skyler
University of North Carolina
Director: Dr. Dhavalkumar D. Patel
University of Pennsylvania Medical School
Director: Dr. Arnold I. Levinson
University of Pittsburgh
Director: Dr. Scott Plevy
University of Rochester Medical Center
Director: Dr. Christopher Ritchlin
University of Southern California
Director: Dr. Chaim Oscar Jacob
University of Washington - Seattle
Director: Dr. Keith B. Elkon
Director: Dr. Wayne Yokoyama
Director: Dr. Jordan S. Pober
Director: Dr. Brian F. Mandell
University of Chicago
Director: Dr. Stephen Hanauer
Ghent University Hospital
Director: Dr. Eric M. Veys
Giannina Gaslini Institute
Director: Dr. Lorenzo Moretta
Institute of Immunology of Central University Medical School
Director: Dr. Nicolas E. Bianco
Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas
y Nutrición Salador Zubirán
Director: Dr. Jorge Sanchez-Guerrero
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals
Director: Dr. Helen Chapel
Université Libre de Bruxells Hopital Ersme
Director: Dr. Michel Goldman
University Hospital of Freiburg
Director: Dr. Hans-Hartmut Peter
FOCIS Industry Liaison Council (ILC)
for your continued support of FOCIS and its activities!
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