Basic Immunology Research in
and Clinical Immunology
February 16th – 19th, 2006
Organized by the EAACI Immunology Section
and ZAUM - Center for Allergy and Environment, TUM
with generous support from GA²LEN
Dear colleagues and friends,
Welcome to the 4th EAACI-GA²LEN Davos Meeting “Basic Immunology Research in Allergy and Clinical Immunology” in Grainau, Germany.
For the last six years the Immunology Section of the EAACI has been organizing a biannual meeting for young doctoral and postdoctoral scientists who are active in allergy and clinical immunology research with the goal to increase the impact of basic immunology research on the fields of allergy and clinical immunology. The first three of these meetings, that took place in Davos, have been a great success and have coined the name EAACI-Davos Meeting.
With the generous support from GA²LEN we were now able organize the 4th EAACI-GA²LEN Davos Meeting already one year after the last meeting. For the first time the meeting takes place outside of Davos. As a meeting venue we have again chosen an alpine setting, the Eibsee Hotel in Grainau right at the base of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Previous meetings have set high standards and we aspire to keep this level and maintain the “spirit” of the Davos Meetings in Grainau.
The meeting includes 5 symposia on 3 main topics: innate immunity, adaptive immunity and regulation and allergic inflammation. Each symposium will be opened by a keynote lecture followed by presentations of participants as selected from their abstracts. The list of keynote speakers this year includes: Ulrich von Andrian, Boston, MA; Richard Flavell, New Haven, CT; Ron Germain, Potomac, MD; Philippa Marrack, Denver, CO; Dale Umetsu, Boston, MA; and Hermann Wagner, Munich, GER.
We have received a large number of outstanding abstracts which were reviewed by an international panel of experts. Based on the scientific quality of the submitted abstract 74 participants were selected and invited. 25 abstracts will be presented as oral presentations. In addition two active poster sessions will be arranged in which participants have the opportunity to discuss their data with the keynote lecturers and organizing scientists. In addition there will be opportunity for winter sports or sightseeing between the morning and the evening sessions.
The goal of the meeting is to create a warm scientific environment in which allergy and asthma related immunological concepts can be covered with ample time for discussions and in which young scientist have the opportunity to directly interact with known capacities in the field. For this reason we also ask the keynote speakers to stay during the entire meeting for further discussions - let it be on the ski slopes, during lunch or dinner or in the evenings at the wine and cheese poster session.
The organizers are looking forward to a productive meeting and hope that such meetings become a custom in the EAACI to promote young scientists active in basic allergy and clinical immunology research.
on behalf of the Organizing Committee