Basic & Clinical Immunology Section

  • 14th EAACI Immunology Winter School

  • Report from Winter School, Les Arcs 1800, France 2015

    The 13th EAACI Winter School on Basic Research in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, organised by the EAACI Immunology Section, took place in Les Arcs 1800 (France) from 5–8 February 2015. The EAACI Immunology Section Board met one day before the beginning of the Winter School in order to update the Section’s innovative strategy for the coming years and plan future exciting Section initiatives and activities.
    Once we had all gathered in the beautiful and snowy French Alps, we had the opportunity to enjoy an exciting and varied scientific program comprised of 6 keynote lectures by guest speakers, 19 short talks and 47 poster presentations by conference attendees. Both the faculty and the attendees were very active in promoting scientific discussion and providing interesting feedback, contributing to the high scientific standards that have become a hallmark of the EAACI Immunology Winter School.
    John O’Shea kicked off the scientific program with a state-of-the-art lecture on the multiple levels of regulation that govern cytokine and transcription factor gene expression that, with his analogies to jazz or rock legends, set the tone for the following presentations. Andrew McKenzie, Benjamin Marsland, Luigina Romani, Madeleine Radinger and Mohammed Shmaji contributed equally to the very high level of keynote lectures focusing on topics such as influence of T cell subsets and innate lymphoid cells in immune-mediated diseases, the role of the lung microbiome in airway disease, innate immune responses mechanisms of immune regulation in tissues, the role of microRNAs and Th2 cells in asthma, allergens and allergenicity, immunological mechanisms driving successful immunotherapy and allergy mechanisms, to name but a few. 
    As in previous years, we also had spare time between morning and evening sessions to either practice alpine skiing on the outstanding Les Arcs slopes, or go for a walk in the mountains and enjoy the amazing views. Overall, we received very positive feedback from all attendees (65 participants from 24 different countries), who were not only stimulated by cutting edge immunological research, but also got to meet new potential scientific collaborators and made new friends. Many thanks to the EAACI Headquarters team (in particular Viviane and Jeanette) for their essential contribution to the meeting and to the entire EAACI family for having placed the Winter School at the core of their Academy activities. The board is already actively planning the next Winter School in Cortina D’Ampezzo and we welcome your suggestions for speakers and activities. ●

    Ibon Eguíluz-Gracia
    EAACI Immunology Section JMA Representative

    Liam O’Mahony
    EAACI Immunology Section Secretary

    Carsten Schmidt-Weber
    EAACI Immunology Section Chairperson
    Last updated: 26 July 2017
  • Prizes awarded to AllergoOncology TF members during EAACI 2015


    Picture: Heather Bax, Giulia Pellizzari, Erika Jensen-Jarolim, Sophia Karagiannis, Debrah Josephs and Judit Fazekas

    Congratulations to our AllergoOncology Task Force  members who were winners of EAACI 2015 Abstract/Oral Poster presentation under the following categories:

    Judit Fazekas, Medical University Vienna, Austria

    TPS 46 Molecular methods and their epidemiological applications in allergology 

    Abstract 138: Radiolabeling and in vitro evaluation of a recombinant canine anti-cancer IgG 

    Debra Josephs, King's College London, UK

    PDS 16 Novel immune mechanisms 

    Abstract 420: Production of recombinant rat monoclonal antibodies and design of a biologically-relevant model for the preclinical evaluation of IgE antibodies for cancer therapy 

    Heather Bax, King's College London, UK

    TPS 22 Mechanisms of autoimmunity and cancer 

    Abstract 999: Monocyte activation and recruitment by IgE therapy against cancer 
    Last updated: 18 September 2015
  • Report from Winter School, Poiana Brasov, Romania 2014

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The immune system is able to distinguish self from non-self and dangerous from harmless. Allergic diseases represent the most notable failure in this system. The understanding, the research, diagnosis and management of allergies are therefore always related to immunology. Biologicals are becoming available that can selectively correct overshooting immune reactions. At the same time the costs of treatments increase and personalized approaches along with a sophisticated biomarker diagnosis are required to focus expenses to those patients who are most likely to benefit from it.