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FOCIS 2015

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Registration and housing are now open for FOCIS 2015, the premier meeting in translational immunology! Register now for the most innovative presentation of immunology and the latest research advances in immune-mediated diseases.

Less tha 48 hours to submit your abstract to FOCIS 2015! Share your findings in front of leading clinicians and researchers in immunology. Abstracts are presented during Thematic Symposia, Oral Abstract Sessions, and at the evening Poster Sessions. Travel awards are available to FOCIS members only who submit an abstract and are chosen for presentation at FOCIS 2015.

Take a look at the innovative line-up of topics and presenters at FOCIS 2015! Additional presenters and topics will be announced as they are confirmed, so stay tuned! Make your voice heard by submitting your questions, comments and suggestions to the speakers before the meeting. Click the icon next to any session to submit your questions. View the FOCIS 2015 Preliminary Program.

Member Society Symposia – Wednesday, June 24


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Cancer COP
  • ARS
  • Immunology COP
  • TTS / ASHI
12:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • ICIS
  • ACR
  • Lupus
  • BSI / IDS

Communities of Practice

Looking for a way to become more involved in FOCIS? The Communities of Practice (COP) were created with the goal of empowering and involving FOCIS societies and members in the annual meeting scientific program development, and to increase interdisciplinary communication. In addition to directly influencing the FOCIS annual meeting program, benefits of COP membership include career enhancement, opportunities for leadership and interaction with colleagues from different areas and access to the COP online member forum. Please note you must be a member of FOCIS to join a COP or access the online forum area.

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  1. Login to your FOCIS account.
  2. Click on the Profile Tab.
  3. Click on Edit/View Information.
  4. Selected/multi-select the COPs you would like to join.
  5. Click save.

Communities of Practice Chairs

Marianne Frieri
Marianne Frieri, MD, PhD
Allergy COP Chair
Jennifer Wu
Jennifer Wu, PhD
Cancer COP Chair
Lauren Pachman
Lauren Pachman, MD
GI, Rheum, Derm & Endocrinology Chair
Ciriaco Piccirillo
Ciriaco Piccirillo, PhD
Immunology COP Chair
Daniel Peterson
Daniel Peterson, MD, PhD
Lab Medicine & Envirn. COP Chair
Vanda Lennon
Vanda Lennon, MD, PhD
Neuroscience COP Chair
Karen Nelson
Karen Nelson, PhD
Transplant & Genetics COP Chair

The Latest in Translational Immunology News in One Publication!

The newest installation of the members-only publication, Translational Immunology Update is now available. The titles from each publication are available for viewing 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!

Titles from the issue include:

  • Metformin a Surprising New Ally in the War Against Drug-resistant Tuberculosis
    Reviewed by Rachel A. Clark, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Using Systems Analysis to Investigate Pathogen Susceptibility in Primary Immunodeficiency
    Reviewed by Sarah Henrickson, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Naughty or Nice? Role of Tumor-inflitrating Myeloid Cells in Tumor Cell Senescence
    Reviewed by Michelle L. Hermiston, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Anti-CTLA-4 Therapy Broadens the Melanoma-Reactive CD8+ T Cell Response
    Reviewed by Heather Kinkead and Eric Lutz, PhD, John Hopkins University
  • Read more . . .

In addition to Translational Immunology Update, members receive:

  • Complimentary access to Clinical Immunology, the official FOCIS journal
  • Reduced meeting and course fees
  • Complimentary abstract submission
  • Eligibility to receive travel awards to FOCIS 2015

FOCIS Membership

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Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology

Don't miss your chance to attend the most popular FOCIS educational course which emphasizes mechanisms of human disease and scientific underpinnings of new immune therapies. The Advanced Course typically fills quickly, so register today to get a clinical spin on the major topics in cellular and molecular immunology!

Register Now!
February 8 – 12, 2015
Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona

Shiv Pillai
Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Jane Buckner
Jane Buckner, MD
Benaroya Research Institute

Why the Advanced Course is right for you!

  • Learn from the best – the Advanced Course program features a faculty of world – renowned leaders in immunology
  • The interactive program allows for countless opportunities to network with the faculty and your colleagues
  • 21 hours of CME credit
  • A free afternoon to explore the Scottsdale/Phoenix area

Advanced CourseAll Inclusive Registration Package
Your registration includes your stay at our conference home, the Hotel Valley Ho. This urban resort and spa in downtown Scottsdale is located conveniently near hundreds of shops and restaurants. Also included in the registration fee is breakfast and lunch each day of the course, two receptions, and dinner on the final night.

Quotes From Attendees
"An excellent, well–organized and educational course. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire program."

"Excellent course at an excellent location and hotel. I am grateful for this opportunity and have learned so much that made every minute worth it."

"Excellent course. One of the major strengths: graduation of sessions from initially basic to clinical immunology at the end. A great course for an MD who wants to obtain a stronger immunology background."

"Very good course. High quality, excellent speakers, well organized. Highly recommended."

"Well respected. Certainly held its excellent reputation as noted at my institution."

FOCISed Courses at FOCIS 2015

Don't miss this chance to advance your career by attending the four educational courses offered prior to the annual meeting. Each course features a world – renowned faculty applying diverse perspectives to help grow your knowledge.

Basic Immunology in Medicine

Basic Immunology in Medicine – June 23, 2015 8:00am – 5:00pm

  • 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.
Computational Immunology

Computational Immunology – June 23, 2015 8:00am – 5:00pm

  • The course is aimed at scientists involved or interested in the use of multi – dimensional data generated by modern genomics and proteomics technologies such as mass/flow cytometry, next – generation sequencing and microarrays. The course will also provide a better basic understanding of modern statistical and mathematical concepts necessary for their analysis and interpretation. The target audience includes clinical fellows in disciplines related to immunology and translational research.
Interventional Immunology

Interventional Immunology – June 24, 2015 8:00am – 12:00pm

  • 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.
Clinical Trials for Immunological Disease

Clinical Trials for Immunological Disease – June 24, 2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm

  • The course content is designed for junior attending physicians, company project managers and PhD scientists who wish to enter into translational research. This is intended to be a basic course in clinic trial methodology, particularly as it relates to immunologic disease. It will review the key elements of clinical trials, including types of trials, designing feasible trials, statistical issues, and surrogate markers that might be used.
Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia

Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia (ECA) – September 21 – 25, 2015 at INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France.

Apply Today - Deadline: January 31, 2015

Do you want to learn more about the drug development process and how to commercialize your research? Then the ECA course is for you! This FOCIS initiative solely supported by Celgene and delivered by the world renowned business school, Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), is designed to help clinical researchers understand how to progress innovation from the laboratory and onto the market.

There are only 20 places available in this highly competitive course, and the January 31, 2015 deadline for applications is fast approaching, so visit www.focis – eca.com and apply today!

The ECA course has been running since 2013, with outstanding feedback from past delegates:

  • "ECA 2014 was fantastic fun and a great learning experience! By far the best course I've ever been on"
    – Darren Asquith, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  • "Fantastic! A great opportunity for those of us working on projects currently to move forward"
    – Timothy Radstake, University Medical Center, Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

From business planning to intellectual property law, the 5 – day interactive ECA course provides key insights to help clinical researchers and academics transform an innovation into a marketable success.

If you are a clinical researcher with an interest in understanding how to apply the world of business to the research environment in order to progress an innovation to the market, then we encourage you to apply for ECA 2015! Information about the course and the online application process can be found at www.focis – eca.com.

The course will be held on September 21–25, 2015 at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Tuition fees, on site accommodation, and transport will be covered by FOCIS, thanks to an educational grant from Celgene. All sessions will be held in English, and only European – based applicants will be considered for entry onto the course.

Celgene (www.celgene.com) is closely aligned with the goals of FOCIS in fostering interdisciplinary approaches to improve translation of scientific ideas into therapeutics with the ultimate goal of benefitting patients. Celgene is delighted to support FOCIS and INSEAD on this project.

Don't forget, the deadline for applications is January 31, 2015, so visit www.focis-eca.com and apply now for this exciting initiative!

Member Society Spotlight: French Society for Immunology


The French Society for Immunology (SFI) mission is to advance and promote the sciences relevant to the immune system and to immunological diseases. Founded in July 1966 by Pierre Grabar, it is a not-for-profit association of clinical and research professionals including immunologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, transplant physicians, pathologists and technologists. In 1969, it was one of the 10 National Societies of Immunology that founded the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and co-founded in 1975 the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS). Alain Bussard, SFI president at that time, became the 1st president of EFIS.

Membership: SFI membership consists of approximately 1,050 members representing academia, government, and industry, including MD, MD/PhD, or PhD students. SFI welcomes junior members as well as confirmed members. Membership requires commitment in immunology, 2 letters of recommendation by SFI members and acceptance by the SFI Board and the General Assembly.

Meetings: SFI holds an Annual Meeting every year. Every three years, this meeting is common with those of all the other European National Immunological Societies, as part of the European Congress of Immunology. Common sessions are regularly organized with other National Societies of Immunology (for instance, Japan in 2013, Belgium in 2014) and with other scientific Societies.

In 2016, the Annual Meeting will be a great occasion to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the SFI. In addition, Clubs of the SFI hold thematic meetings on Vaccinology, Neuroimmunology, Neutrophils, and Cytokines and chemokines.

Prizes and fellowships: the SFI delivers the Jacques Oudin Prize, a Thesis Prize and oral and poster communication awards. It delivers fellowships to help young researchers in Immunology to apply for oral communications in international meetings, some of which are particularly dedicated to encourage women.

Education: SFI provides many opportunities for continuing education. The SFI Annual Meeting provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and exchange information. Plenary and thematic sessions offer the latest research findings and abstract presentations provide an opportunity for all participants to interact with colleagues in their own areas of expertise.

The Course of the SFI is designed to annually promote a hot field of immunology with intensive interactions between participating students and tutors. Introductory lectures are followed by interactive discussions at both the technical, fondamental and clinical level. This program in french language is dedicated to french-speaking attendees.

The next SFI course «My microbe and myself. Microbiote, immunity and health: from bench to bedside» will take place in April 7 – 9 in Obernai, France.

Clinical Immunology: In 2013, SFI co-founded the CNPAI, a National Organism that organizes medical training and specialization in Immunology and Allergology, and the ODPCI, a National Organism that delivers Continuous Medical Education credits to physicians, pharmacists and paramedical professionals.

Partners: The SFI is housed by the Institut Pasteur, works in close association with the ASSIM (National Association of French Professors in Immunology) and is the National Immunology Committee at the French Academy of Science (COFUSI)

Next Meetings and Course:

  • 1st Meeting of the Neutrophil Club
    April 10, 2015 FIAP, Paris, France
  • European Congress of Immunology
    September 6-9, 2015 Vienna, Austria

For more information on SFI's opportunities and program meetings, please visit the SFI website.

FOCIS Centers of Excellence

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Karolinska Institute FCE Director, Ola Winqvist, MD, PhD

1.) What is the coolest way that you facilitate interdisciplinary research?

Meeting with colleagues from other disciplines and having elaborate and intensive discussions about a particularly intriguing patient case, resulting in a “Dr House” approach, where in many cases understanding the immune response is the key to diagnosis and successful intervention. The starting point in a patient case many times initiates an intensive research exploration where the need for many different techniques and knowledge from disciplines is fundamental.

2.) Why do you dig immunology?
Immunology is everywhere. Most diseases have an immunological component either as an initiating, response or a healing mechanism. Therefore it is very rewarding to be part of the immunological community and participate and contribute to the understanding of immunology in health and disease.

3.) What is your vision for the future of immunology?
The understanding of basic and clinical immunology has lead us to the development of tools to predict clinical responses against rational interventions chosen on an individual patient basis.

Lupus Prize to Be Awarded at FOCIS

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FOCIS 2015 will once again be hosting the forum for the Lupus Foundation of America, Alliance for Lupus Research and Lupus Research Institute to award the Lupus Insight Prize. The Lupus Insight Prize recipient will be awarded $200,000 to be used for research dedicated to advancing understanding of the genetic, environmental, molecular, immunologic or cellular aspects of lupus and/or its treatment. The Prize must be utilized within three years from the date awarded.

LRI Scientific Advisory Board Member and Editor-in-Chief of Arthritis Research and Therapy Peter Lipsky, M.D. noted, "Lupus is a complex disease that requires out-of-the-box thinking to increase understanding and further our ability to treat persons with this disease effectively. Quantum leaps in understanding lupus will come from innovative discoveries by outstanding scientists. The Lupus Insight Prize will recognize those novel discoveries."

The full application must be submitted by the Nominator and the Candidate electronically by March 19, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET. All applications will be reviewed by members of an independent Selection Committee comprised of representatives of the three funding lupus organizations. Instructions on how to submit a nomination for the Lupus Insight Prize and the complete guidelines, click here. The 2015 Prize will be awarded by the three organizations on Wednesday, June 24 at FOCIS 2015, in San Diego, California.

Events/Related Meetings

Keystone Symposia Conference: Autoimmunity & Tolerance
Feburary 3 – 8, 2015
Keystone, Colorado, USA

Advanced Course in Basic & Clinical Immunology
February 8 – 12, 2015
Hotel Valley Ho
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Keystone Symposia Conference: Tumor Immunology joint with Antibodies as Drugs
February 8 – 13, 2015
Banff, Alberta, Canada

2015 BMT Tandem Meetings
February 11 – 15, 2015
San Diego, California, USA

Keystone Symposia Conference: Dendritic Cells & Macrophages Reunited
March 8 – 13, 2015
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Keystone Symposia Conference: Long Noncoding RNAs
March 15 – 20, 2015
Keystone, Colorado, USA

Innate Immune Memory
March 18 – 20, 2015
Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Keystone Symposia Conference: Transcriptional and Epigenetic Influences on Stem Cell States
March 23 – 28, 2015
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA

Keystone Symposia Conference: T Cells: Regulation & Effector Functions
March 29 – April 3, 2015
Snowbird, Utah, USA

Immunology of Diabetes Society 14th International Congress
April 12 – 16, 2015
Munich, Germany

American Rhinologic Society at COSM
April 23 – 24, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

74th Annual Meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology
May 6 – 9, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

28th Annual Canadian Society for Immunology Meeting
June 4 – 7, 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Keystone Symposia: MicroRNAs & Noncoding RNAs in Cancer
June 7 – 12, 2015
Keysone, Colorado, USA

Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California, USA

Computational Immunology
Tuesday, June 24, 2015
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, Calfornia, USA

Interventional Immunology
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California, USA

Clinical Trials in Immunologic Disease
Tuesday, June 24, 2015
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, Calfornia, USA

FOCIS 2015
June 24 – 27, 2015
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California, USA

17th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology (ICMI 2015)
July 14 – 18, 2015
Berlin, Germany

2015 American Rhinologic Society Summer Sinus Symposium
July 17 – 18, 2015
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists 28th Annual Meeting
August 14 – 17, 2015
New Orleans, LA, USA

41st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
September 28 – October 2, 2015
Savannah, Georgia, USA

Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Seaport & World Trade Center
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Interventional Immunology
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Seaport & World Trade Center
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

FOCIS 2016
June 22 – 25, 2016
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


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 NIH Roadmap, CADE, CTOT, and more.

Career Opportunities

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:

Senior Scientist in Biotherapy
SME in Biotechnology

Staff Scientist and Research Fellow
Laboratory of Immunology, Clinical Immunology Section National Eye
Institute (NEI) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor and Laboratory Director in Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility
David Geffen School of Medicine – UCLA

Post-doctoral Fellow – Biomedical/Scientific Writing – ACI (JJames)
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)

Clinical Histocompatibility Fellowship (Director Training Program)
David Geffen School of Medicine – UCLA

Scientific Technical Writer – Arthritis and Clinical Immunology (JJ)
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)

Associate Director, Biostatistics
Immune Tolerance Network, Bethesda Office

Post-doctoral Fellow – Systemic Autoimmunity Pathogenesis in American Indians (JJames)
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)

Assistant/Associate Faculty Position
Benaroya Research Institute

Postdoctoral Fellow Position
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Biomedical/Scientific Writing Post-doctoral Fellow – ACI (JJames)
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)

Senior Post-doctoral Fellow in Systemic Autoimmunity (JJames)
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)