FOCIS
FOCIS Board of Directors

FOCIS President
Jonathan Braun
 
FOCIS Vice President
Abul K. Abbas
 
FOCIS Secretary/Treasurer
Jane Salmon
 
Past President
Gerald T. Nepom

Directors
Jacques Banchereau
Lynn Gordon
Andrew Lichtman
Holden Maecker
Phil McCoy
Stefan Meuer
Frank Nestle
Robert Nussenblatt
Elaine Reed
Stephen Rich

Compliance Officer
George Tsokos

Steering Committee
Jack P. Antel
Richard S. Blumberg
Robert Colbert
Barbara Detrick
Robert Fairchild
Bernard A. Fox
Hal Hoffman
Bryon Johnson
Vijay Kuchroo
Thomas MacDonald
Stefan Meuer
Gerald T. Neprom
Robert B. Nussenblatt
Elaine Reed
Bart Roep
Lanny J. Rosenwasser
Daniel Rotrosen
Brad Rovin
Kendall A. Smith
Kazuo Sugamura
Megan Sykes
Matthais von Herrath

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: info@focisnet.org
Letter from the FOCIS Education Committee Chair

Andrew Lichtman Dear Colleagues,

As chair of the FOCIS Education Committee, I invite you to attend FOCIS 2011 this June 23-26 in Washington, D.C., and take advantage of our recently expanded FOCIS educational portfolio (FOCISed). We have consistently added courses as FOCIS has matured as an organization, and we now provide a robust collection of educational offerings. Courses feature reputable and diverse faculty, and attract students from all over the world with a wide range of medical and scientific backgrounds. New facets of FOCISed are interspersed before, during and after FOCIS 2011...

Before FOCIS 2011...
On Wednesday, June 22nd, choose from two, one-day courses. New this year, we are offering Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease. It is a basic course in clinical trial methodology, particularly as it relates to immunologic disease. Also being offered is Basic Immunology in Medicine Update 2011, which provides a sophisticated review of basic principles and an update on new advances relevant to human immune-mediated diseases. Registration for each course is $150.

For just $100 more, purchase the two-course package and attend Interventional Immunology on Thursday, June 23rd, in addition to either Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease or Basic Immunology in Medicine Update on June 22nd. Now in its fourth year, Interventional Immunology features a series of interactive lectures from experts in diverse areas of clinical immunology addressing the conceptual as well as practical issues in major new therapeutic strategies. You may also register for Interventional Immunology alone for $150.

During FOCIS 2011...
Make sure to check out Principles of Flow Cytometry in Immune Monitoring, a brand new course featured within the FOCIS 2011 scientific program that is included with your registration. Part I will take place on Friday, June 24th and Part II follows on Saturday, June 25th.

After FOCIS 2011...
FOCIS is pleased to announce that we have heard your request for online education. Interventional Immunology will be offered as the first FOCISed online initiative! Beginning in fall 2011, Interventional Immunology Online will be available for purchase through the FOCIS website. CME credits will be available.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington!

Best regards,



Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Chair, FOCIS Education Committee

FOCIS 2011
Marriott Wardman Park   •   2600 Woodley Road, NW   •   Washington, D.C. 20008

Register by May 31!
FOCIS 2011 focuses on accelerating the advancement of immunology through its intensive four-day schedule of presentations on the latest research, educational programming and networking opportunities. Plan now to join your colleagues in the collaborative forum that is FOCIS 2011.
Program at a Glance Register Now

Now Accepting Late Breaking Abstracts
Late breaking abstracts are currently being accepted for programming at FOCIS 2011. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

Submit an Abstract

Late breaking abstracts are competitively reviewed using the following criteria:


Important Dates & Deadlines
Headquarter hotel registration discount deadline May 4, 2011
Hotel accommodations deadline May 24, 2011
Meeting registration deadline May 31, 2011
FOCIS 2011 June 23-26, 2011


NEW! Featured FOCIS 2011 Course: Principles of Flow Cytometry for Immune Monitoring
Part I: Friday, June 24, 3:00-5:00 pm
Part II: Saturday, June 25, 3:00-5:00 pm

Course Directors:
Holden Maecker
Holden Maecker, PhD
Stanford University
Philip McCoy
J. Philip McCoy, PhD
National Institutes of Health

Open to all FOCIS 2011 attendees, this two-session how-to workshop is designed to teach current best practices for obtaining high-quality, reproducible flow cytometry data for immune phenotyping. The course focuses on all aspects from experimental design to sample collection and processing, data analysis and reporting. It is designed for anyone using flow cytometry for immune phenotyping, particularly in longitudinal or multi-site studies where standardization is essential.

Speakers Include: Stephen Perfetto, National Institutes of Health, Holden Maecker, Stanford University, Maurice O'Gorman, Northwestern University, and J. Philip McCoy, National Institutes of Health.

Registration for Principles of Flow Cytometry for Immune Monitoring is included in your FOCIS 2011 registration fee. Register today!


FOCIS 2011: A Collaborative Hub
FOCIS continues to be the hub of the immunologic community with twelve different immunologic partners hosting meetings during FOCIS 2011.
Member Society Symposia on Thursday, June 23 hosted by

ASHI AST ACTRIMS CIP

AMLI CIC IDS

HESI ISN JDRF


Affiliated organizations hosting meetings during FOCIS 2011

IUIS HKS

Click here for more information on Member Society Symposia.


FOCISed presents...


Course Description:
Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease is a basic course in clinical trial methodology, particularly as it relates to immunologic disease. It is designed for junior attending physicians, company project managers and PhD scientists who wish to enter into translational research. The course reviews key elements of clinical trials, including types of trials, designing feasible trials, statistical issues and surrogate markers that might be used. Strategies for entering into the funding stream will also be discussed. A practicum will be offered to participants using a model scenario in order to work through the issues one faces in developing a clinical trial.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

Course Directors:
Carla J. Greenbaum, MD
Carla J. Greenbaum, MD
Benaroya Research Institute
Robert Nussenblatt, MD
Robert Nussenblatt, MD
National Institutes of Health
Register now

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Registration Rates:
$150: Course rate
$250: Package rate with Interventional Immunology



Course Description:
The purpose of the course is to review 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 was designed for practicing clinicians, trainees and individuals in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies who are involved in the development of therapies for immunological diseases.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

Course Faculty:
Abul Abbas, MD
Abul Abbas, MD
University of California — San Francisco
Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Register now

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Registration Rates:
$150: Course rate
$250: Package rate with Interventional Immunology




Course Description:
The Interventional Immunology course is intended to familiarize practicing physicians with the scientific basis of novel immune therapies, their clinical applications and possible side-effects and limitations.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

Course Director:
Scott Plevy, MD
Scott Plevy, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Register now

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Registration Rates:
$150: Course rate
$250: Package rate with Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2011
or Clinical Trials in Immunologic Disease


Walk this Way
In 2009, FOCIS established the Human ImmunoPhenotyping Consortium (HIP-C), led by Holden Maecker, Stanford University and J. Philip McCoy, NIH/NHLBI. HIP-C began with discussions about the need for standardization relating to data acquisition and data analysis. A workshop and panel presentation around these topics was held at FOCIS 2010 where the discussions gained momentum and evolved into a dedicated meeting. On February 15, forty representatives from the FOCIS Centers of Excellence, U19 consortium, NIH, Immune Tolerance Network, industry and international academic medical centers met for the FCE Immunophenotyping Technical Meeting at NIH (FITMaN). The overarching goals of the meeting were to standardize and validate the method(s) of immunophenotyping, data collection and analysis and to establish the role of the FOCIS Centers of Excellence (FCE) and other parties in current and future efforts in human immune phenotyping. As a first step resulting from this meeting, FOCIS HIP-C leader, Holden Maecker is in the process of creating a panel to set the minimum standard for immune assessment. The panel and guidelines for execution will be tested at a small number of centers to determine validity and feasibility before expanding the testing to additional FOCIS centers.


Don't Get Lost in Translation
The March issue of FOCIS' ePublication, Translational Immunology Update, provides recent information from broad areas of translational immunology including highlights from recent literature, human immunophenotyping, basic immunology concepts, the underlying science of immune therapies and recent clinical trial results. While not exhaustive, each issue aggregates a wide range of information to provide a quick update without having to read every journal related to the field. Miss an issue? Click here for recent issues.


Member Society Spotlight: European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Since its foundation in 1956, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) has been dedicated to encouraging and providing training and continuous education, translational research and novel approaches to therapy in the fields of allergology and clinical immunology to achieve optimal care of individuals with allergic/immunologic disorders.

Today, EAACI is the largest non-profit medical association in Europe active in the field of allergic and immunologic diseases such as rhinitis, asthma, eczema, occupational allergy, food and drug allergy and anaphylaxis as well as in basic allergy/immunology research. EAACI includes 5,500 individual members from 107 countries, as well as 40 National Allergy Societies.

One of EAACI's greatest accomplishments is the EAACI Allergy Schools. The main goal of EAACI Allergy Schools is training and educating motivated young medical specialists and junior researchers in a highly interactive and social networking environment. EAACI hosts clinically-oriented Allergy Schools focusing on hot topics in Hymenoptera venom allergy, pediatric allergy and asthma, dermatology and more basic schools focusing on clinical trials in allergic diseases research and basic immunology research in allergy and clinical immunology. The main mission of all EAACI Schools is to train young investigators in an intensive course of study in an informal setting that encourages active participation. All schools provide CME credits to the participants.

EAACI tries to continuously facilitate the exchange and promotion of scientific information on allergy research among basic scientists, clinicians, regulatory groups and biotech/pharmaceuticals. The annual EAACI congresses have evolved as highly efficient platforms for scientific communication and education and attract increasing numbers of attendees from all over the world every year. In addition, EAACI establishes task forces and position papers on current allergy-related topics and cutting-edge scientific developments to provide continuous medical and scientific education.

EAACI also acts as a scientific reference body for other scientific, health and political organizations and collaborates with patients and lay organizations to achieve optimum patient care and ultimately to ease patients' lives.

What is on the horizon for EAACI?
30th EAACI Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, June 11-15, 2011

For more information on the EAACI, visit http://www.eaaci.net.


FOCIS Centers of Excellence Spotlight: Institute of Immunology of Central University Medical School, Venezuela, Isaac Blanca
FOCIS Centers of Excellence The Institute of Immunology at Central University in Caracas, Venezuela celebrates the 22nd anniversary of their institute and the 8th anniversary of their institution as a FOCIS Center of Excellence, October 22-28, 2011. The celebration begins with a ceremony assigning the name of Dr. Nicolas Bianco to the institute in recognition of his efforts as the founder and promoter of clinical immunology in Venezuela, followed by an Advanced Course in Immunology and 2 days of scientific congress.

The Institute of Immunology is a leader in bringing clinical immunology to South America and integrating their research and education efforts with other FOCIS centers across the world. Speakers at the course and congress represent six FOCIS Centers of Excellence and five countries. The course and congress is an additional effort by the Venezuelan FCE to attract researchers from Latin America to establish new FOCIS centers.


Events of Interest
Keystone Symposia - B Cells: New Insights into Normal versus Dysregulated Function
April 12 - 17, 2011
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

The IL-1 Family of Cytokines: From Basic Biology to Clinical Applications
May 8 - 11, 2011
Clearwater, Florida, USA

3rd Annual International Certificate Program Translational Medicine
May 8 - May 14, 2011
Siracusa, Italy

FOCIS Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2011
June 22, 2011
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

FOCIS Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease Course
June 22, 2011
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

FOCIS Interventional Immunology Course
June 23, 2011
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

FOCIS 2011
June 23 - 26, 2011
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

15th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology
July 5 - 9, 2011
Paris, France

29th Annual Aspen Allergy Conference
July 26 - 30, 2011
Aspen, Colorado, USA

FOCIS 2012
June 20 - 23, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

FOCIS 2013
June 27 - 30, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

15th International Congress of Immunology
August 22 - 27, 2013
Rome, Italy


Grants Available
Remember to visit 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.


Career Opportunities: Here's What's Available Now
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
Clinical Research Investigator

Columbia University, New York, NY
Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Medicine

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis TN
Associate Scientist

Post your career opportunities on the FOCIS website
Job posting rates:
$75 per posting — academic/non-profit/government
$125 per posting — industry

Job postings should be 250 words or less and will remain on the website for 90 days. To post your opportunities please contact Amy Sahl.


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 and 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 of Medical Laboratory Immunologists • Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
British Society for Immunology • 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
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 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