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. ●
EAACI Immunology Section JMA Representative
EAACI Immunology Section Secretary
EAACI Immunology Section Chairperson