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
Lynn Gordon
Andrew Lichtman
Holden Maecker
Phil McCoy
Frank Nestle
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

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Letter from the President

Abul K. Abbas, MD Dear Colleagues,

2012 marks a special year with many new initiatives that we hope you will find exciting and relevant! These include:

For those of you who may not have been with us at the beginning, FOCIS started as a translational immunology meeting. The desire for the information, education and collaborations the generated by the meeting was so great that FOCIS incorporated in 2003 as a federation of disease and organ-specific societies for whom interdisciplinary immunology was an important element in the progression of their fields. Representatives from these societies sit on the FOCIS Steering Committee to ensure equal representation of all immune-mediated disease fields in FOCIS programs. The addition of individual membership allows individuals to take advantage of several benefits including free access to:

  • Online educational programs
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Translational Immunology Update
  • Online membership directory
  • Post jobs
  • Submit abstracts to the Annual Meeting

As well as reduced registration rates and volunteer leadership opportunities.

Members of the FOCIS Member Societies receive reduced individual membership rates. To encourage representation, rates begin at only $20 for trainees, $50 for academics and clinicians and $200 for industry representatives. We value the participation of each of you who have touched FOCIS in one way or another over the past 11 years, and we hope that you will join us as we move into the future.

FOCIS provides leading educational programs including Basic Immunology, Interventional Immunology, the Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology and Clinical Trials. We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, a selection of these courses will be available online. Interventional Immunology is currently in place, the Advanced Course will be available in April 2012 and Clinical Trials in August 2012. Access to these CME courses are free for FOCIS members; there is a small fee if you would like to claim CME credit, but no charge to view.

FOCIS is excited about our new partnership with Elsevier to bring you the revised publication Clinical Immunology, an international journal of translational and interventional immunology. In concert with George Tsokos, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Editor-in-Chief, we encourage you to submit your articles and reviews to the journal to help us make it the leading journal in translational immunology.

Also, donít forget to attend the premier meeting in translational immunology. FOCIS 2012 will be held June 20-23 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The scientific program bridges the gap between basic and clinical immunology and discusses the novel therapies that have just been introduced and those that are coming down the pike. Vancouver is also a lovely place to extend your trip and enjoy with your colleagues or family. FOCIS 2012 will also offer 21 CME credits!

These new initiatives are only a preview of whatís to come. With you on our side, we look forward to a full year full of new opportunities, collaborations and scientific breakthroughs. We also welcome your ideas and suggestions for continuing improvement. See you in Vancouver!

Kind regards,

Abul K. Abbas, MD
FOCIS President

FOCIS 2012

FOCIS 2012: A Key to Key Opinion Leader Success

Join FOCIS June 20-23 in beautiful Vancouver to learn a secret to success for many key opinion leaders including:

and many moreÖ

The FOCIS Annual Meeting is unique, bringing together the brightest minds across the globe to tackle major public health problems via a translational approach to immunology. The FOCIS meeting stretches your mind to think about specific diseases through the perceptions of colleagues in other disease states. You will leave the FOCIS meeting with insights you werenít necessarily looking for, collaborations you didnít expect and a mind open to new possibilities and opportunities. Come see what lies in store for you!

See why FOCIS 2012 meeting chair, Steve Ziegler calls the FOCIS Annual Meeting his favorite meeting.

Meeting Location
Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3, Canada

Click here for more videos with FOCIS thought leaders

 Important Dates & Deadlines:
 Late breaking abstract submission opens  Wednesday, March 7, 2012
 Meeting registration deadline for poster presenters  Thursday, March 29, 2012
 Late breaking abstract submission closes  Wednesday, April 4, 2012
 Headquarter hotel registration discount deadline  Wednesday, May 2, 2012
 Meeting registration deadline  Thursday, May 31, 2012
 FOCIS 2012  Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23, 2012

FOCIS Individual Membership: Join Today!

You can now join FOCIS as an individual member. FOCIS members receive free access to:

As well as:

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Get it before itís Gone: Translational Immunology Update

Many of the FOCIS-faithful have enjoyed reading the online publication, Translational Immunology Update, which provides a snapshot of translational immunology through original articles, aggregated reviews and clinical trial results. Donít panic, the update will continue to be released on a quarterly basis, BUT the December 15 issue, now available online is the last issue available to non-members.

Join FOCIS today to continue receiving this time-saving, informative publication. Here is what some of your colleagues are saying about Translational Immunology Update:

A series of FOCIS educational courses designed to elevate your understanding of immunology and its many translational and clinical applications. All of the courses below will be available on their own or as part of a package with FOCIS 2012.

This course is designed to provide a sophisticated review of selected basic principles, and update on new advances, especially those that are most relevant to human disease. As new immunotherapeutic strategies are being developed and adopted, it is important to understand the rationale behind these therapies which requires an appreciation of the fundamentals of immunology. The next course will be held Tuesday, June 19 at FOCIS 2012 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. View the program and register now!
7 CME credits available

This course seeks to review the scientific basis for choice of immunologically related therapeutic targets in various diseases. The goal is to help understand the rationale and mechanism underlying the major pharmacologic approaches for interventional immunology in current practice and review the track record of the different therapeutic approaches in different specialties. The next course will be held Wednesday, June 20 at FOCIS 2012 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. View the program and register now!
6 CME credits available

This is a basic course in clinic trial methodology, particularly as it relates to immunologic disease. It reviews the key elements of clinical trials, including types of trials, designing feasible trials, statistical issues and surrogate markers that might be used. It also discusses strategies for entering into the funding stream. A practicum is offered to participants using a model scenario in order to work through the issues one faces in developing a clinical trial. The next course will be held Saturday, June 23 at FOCIS 2012 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. View the program and register now!
7 CME credits available

Member Society Spotlight: International Society for NeuroImmunoModulation

The International Society for NeuroImmunoModulation (ISNIM) is a professional society comprised of clinical and basic research scientists from all over the world (over 25 countries are represented). Its members are concerned with the communication and regulatory mechanisms integrating the nervous, endocrine and immune systems in both health and disease. Specifically, ISNIM members investigate neural and endocrine mechanisms of immune regulation as well as the effects of peripheral and central immune responses on brain function. Of particular interest are the mechanisms by which local and systemic immune processes act upon the brain, and in turn, how the brain modulates the susceptibility and course of inflammatory, infectious, neoplastic, and autoimmune diseases via direct innervation and the release of hormones and neuropeptides. Neuroimmunomodulation (NIM) is also intimately linked to physiological processes such as temperature regulation, sleep patterns, appetite control, energy metabolism, biological rhythms, and behavior, and to the effects of stress on immunity. Thus NIM research, through its interdisciplinary approaches, contributes to understanding the complex interactions linking the major control and sensory systems of the body in health and disease. The official journal of the Society is NeuroImmunoModulation and the Societyís website is

Since its formal inception in 1992 ISNIM has sponsored seven international congresses, the proceedings of which have been published by the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. The Eighth International Congress was held in Dresden, Germany, October, 20-22, 2011 and we anticipate that its proceedings will also be published by the New York Academy.

ISNIMís strategic initiatives include: 1) Providing a forum for communication among scientists from around the world interested in interactions of the brain and the immune system (congresses, NIM journal, website); 2) Stimulating awareness among clinical immunologists of neurological and endocrinological roles in the immune system through interactions with the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS); and 3) Formation of regional branches for promoting exchange of NIM information and stimulation of collaborations within major language groups and geographic locations.

Events of Interest
FOCIS Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology
February 26-March 1, 2012
Scottsdale, Arizona

Keystone Symposia: Innate Immunity: Sensing the Damage Signals
and the joint meeting on The Microbiome
March 4-9, 2012
Keystone, Colorado

Keystone Symposia: Regulation of Lymphocyte Signaling
March 11-16, 2012
Keystone, Colorado

Keystone Symposia: Mutations, Malignancy and Memory Ė Antibodies and Immunity
March 18-22, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts

Keystone Symposia: Ubiquitin Signaling
joint with the meeting on NF-kappaB Signaling and Biology
March 18-23, 2012
Whistler, Canada

Keystone Symposia: Viral Immunity and Host Gene Influence
and the joint meeting on HIV Vaccines
March 21-26, 2012
Keystone, Colorado

Keystone Symposia: Molecular Basis of Vascular Inflammation and Atherosclerosis
March 25-30, 2012
Big Sky, Montana

Keystone Symposia: Cell Biology of Virus Entry, Replication and Pathogenesis
and the joint meeting on Frontiers in HIV Pathogenesis, Therapy and Eradication
March 26-31, 2012
Whistler, Canada

Keystone Symposia: Fibrosis: Translation of Basic Research to Human Disease and Novel Therapeutics
March 26-31, 2012
Big Sky, Montana

4th Annual International Certificate Program
May 6-12, 2012
Siracusa, Italy

Keystone Symposia: Drug Resistance and Persistence in Tuberculosis
May 13-18, 2012
Kampala, Uganda

Keystone Symposia: The Role of Inflammation during Carcinogenesis
May 20-25, 2012
Dublin, Ireland

12th International Congress of the Immunology of Diabetes Society
The IDS has organized a boat cruise from Victoria Harbor to Vancouver harbor on the afternoon of June 19 to facilitate attendance at both the IDS & FOCIS meeting.
June 12-19, 2012
Victoria, Canada

ICS Third Mid-year Meeting: IL-17 & Related Cytokines: Basic Biologic & Clinical Applications
June 18-21, 2012
Dublin, Ireland

Basic Immunology for Clinicians: Update 2012
June 19, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

Interventional Immunology
June 20, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

FOCIS 2012
June 20-23, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

Clinical Trials for Immunologic Disease
June 23, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

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

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.

Career Opportunities:
Hereís whatís Available Now

Assistant or Associate Member
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Director, Diagnostic Immunology and Flow Cytometry Laboratory
Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago

Chair, Department of Immunology
University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Clinical Assistant Member
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, Kwok Lab

Assay Manager for Clinical Trials
The Immune Tolerance Network

Clinical Research Investigator
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, Diabetes Clinical Research Program

Associate Scientist
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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 ImmunologŪa • 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