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The Day of Immunology
Kosovo, Mali and Montenegro are applying for regular IUIS membership.
Eligible IUIS Members Representatives will be contacted soon with details for the virtual vote.
The 29th of April marks the International Day of Immunology. This public awareness day was created in 2005 to increase a better understanding of the expansive scientific discipline that is immunology.
Follow the link for an overview of what some of the IUIS Members had prepared for the Day of Immunology
Each quarterly newsletter we feature the work of one or two IUIS committees.
Primary immunodeficiency Expert Committee (PID)
: The PID has created a task force to launch a searchable online and potential application version of the classification tables they manage.
Originally, the PID was set up under the auspices of the World Health Organisation in 1973, to describe and classify the types of primary immune defects affecting humans.
The classification of those diseases recognised at the time was published in a report (Cooper MD et al NEJM 288 966-967, 1973) and revised every two years subsequently.
However in the 1990s the WHO made a policy decision to concentrate on more common diseases, so the IUIS agreed to take on the remit of this committee; this was formalised at the 54th IUIS Council meeting in Tapei in 2008.
PID members at the conclusion of their bi-annual meeting held in March at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London.
Bobby Gaspar, Chair (left), Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles, Treasurer (middle) and Jose Luis Franco, Secretary (right) .
Education Committee (EDU) & Clinical Immunology Committee (CIC)
NEW: This year, the Education Committee (EDU) and the Clinical Immunology Committee (CIC) are launching a workshop series. They have been working hard over the past year on their proposal for rotating regional workshops to take place in the four corners of both Africa and Latin America, over the next two years. In October 2015, the pilot workshops are to take place in Medellín, Colombia (10-13th), and then Cape Town, South Africa (20-24th).
Partnerships are underway with the Univeristy of Cape Town to license Immunopaedia as a tool to facilitate preparation for the face to face workshops and with I CARE, INC. for access to the textbook Immunology IV.