3rd International Postgraduate School of  Immunogenetics in Transfusion Medicine
Clinical Immunogenetics and Cell Therapy
6-9 June 2004, Ljubljana, Slovenia   

Second Announcement and a Call for Registration


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Under the auspices of the

International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT)
European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI)
European School of Transfusion Medicine (ESTM)

Bristol School of Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia

Organised by the       Blood Transfusion Centre of  Slovenia 
Co-sponsored by the  WHO Regional Office for Europe
Co-financed by the    
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic Slovenia

Dear colleagues,

We are inviting you to take part in the third  International Postgraduate School of Immunogenetics in Ljubljana. The topics of the scientific programme have been selected  to catch  the interest not only   of  those  engaged in blood transfusion and bone marrow transplantation, but also  of   clinical immunologists  and interdisciplinary scientists.

The appreciation of clinical consequences of  alloreactivity has placed  immunogenetics at the heart of transfusion and transplantation sciences. It would, however, be unforgivable to  confine the perception of immunogenetics only  to  histocompatibility testing and to the  selection of acceptable donor-recipient pairs in blood transfusion and clinical allotransplantation. Inseparable  from investigating of  blood groups and tissue antigens  is the  intensive research  of  other polymorphisms  relevant to  the innate and adaptive  immunity.

Today’s immunogenetics is in the focus of important theoretical and clinical considerations.
We have chosen to look into the intriguing field  through several windows. It is our mission not only to display the spectrum of   information which can be gained by immunogenetic expertise and population studies,  but also to  ascertain their  critical interpretation.

Last, but not least, we hope that each of you will  be attracted  by many  open questions, one of  which may become the theme of your own  investigation. Transfusion medicine is an open field offering many opportunities for research and interdisciplinary collaboration. We believe that, supported by immunogenetics, transfusion medicine will become an indispensable  partner in immunotherapy  and cell therapy.

The Organisers



Sunday, 6 June 

09.00 - 09.30  Opening Ceremony

Morning session:  IMMUNOGENETICS 
09.30 - 13.00

Genetic and functional interactions between MHC and NK genes
John Trowsdale, Cambridge

NK cell receptors
Derek Middleton, Belfast

ABO, the original blood group system: serology, biosynthesis and molecular genetics
Geoff Daniels, Bristol

Advances and challenges in immunohaematology
Primož Rožman, Ljubljana

13.00 - 14.00  Lunch

Afternoon sesion: IMMUNOBIOLOGY
14.00 - 17.00

Immunity in pregnancy
Ian Sargent, Oxford

Cytokines and cytolytic mechanisms at the maternal-fetal interface
Daniel Rukavina, Rijeka

Hemogenetics in forensic medicine
Wolfgang R. Mayr, Wien

20.00 - 21.30   Concert

Monday, 7 June 

09.00 -13.00

HLA associated diseases: Genes involved in possible mechanisms
Eric Thorsby, Oslo

Genetic risk factors in juvenile arthritis
Ekkehard Albert, München

Strategies in biostatistical analysis of multifactorial diseases
Ann Cambon-Thomsen, Toulouse

HLA associated diseases in Slovenians
Blanka Vidan-Jeras, Ljubljana

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 17.00

A short history of histocompatibility testing
Ben Bradley, Bristol

Clinical relevance of immunogenetics in organ transplantation
Frans Claas, Leiden

Antigen processing is predictable: From genes to T cell epitopes
Stevan Stefanovię, Tübingen

Antigenic properties of prion peptides
Vladka Čurin-Šerbec, Ljubljana 

Tuesday, 8 June

09.00 - 13.00

Induction of tolerance to alloantigens
Kathryn Wood, Oxford

Potential immunotherapeutic avenues in leukaemia
Alejandro Madrigal, London 

Advantages of reduced intensive conditioning in stem cell transplantation
Michael Potter, London

Potential use of dendritic cells as cellular vaccines and modulators of immune responses
Matjaž Jeras, Ljubljana

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

Afternoon session: CELL THERAPY
14.00 - 17.00

The impact of donor NK alloreactivity on allogenic hematopoietic transplantation
Loredana Ruggeri, Perugia

Stem cell therapy
Jill Moira Hows, Bristol

An outlook for modern transfusion medicine
Panel discussion
E.Albert, B.Bradley, F.Claas, A.Madrigal, W.Mayr, Middleton, J.Hows, M.Potter, L.Ruggeri, I.Sargent

20.00 - 23.30  Garden party at the Tivoli Castel in Ljubljana

The timetable of lectures, coffee breaks, poster sessioms and oral presentations of selected abstracts will be displayed in the Book of Abstracts.


9.00-9.30   A s 
Training sessions

Wednesday , June 9th 

1.  Genotyping of blood groups (ABO, Rh, Kell, Fy, JK, MNSs) and platelet  antigens (HPA)

2.  Real-Time PCR: Basis and applications

3.  HLA typing and detection of HLA antibodies by ELISA 

4.  Assessment of phenotype characteristics and T cell stimulating capacities of
     antigen presenting cells in vitro

5.  Separation of blood cell subsets for therapy


General information

The place of the conference is located in the city centre of Ljubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia. It will traditionally  take place  on the premises of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia (Zavod za zdravstveno zavarovanje Slovenije) at 24 Miklošičeva Street,  within walking distance of  the railway station  and places of social events.The Registration Desk  will be open on Saturday, June 5th from 4 pm to 8 pm and throughout the meeting.

Transportation from the Ljubljana airport (20 km)  will be arranged for participants who will  have announced  their arrival by fax or e-mail to the Secretariat. 

Registration and Accommodation
All  arrangements concerning the registration and accommodation will be made by the following agency: KONGRES d.o.o., Dolomitskega odreda 44, 1000 Ljubljana. The registration will be confirmed after receiving the Registration Form and a signed Payment order. To make a hotel reservation, fill out the last section of the same form. The deadline is May 15th 2004. Cancellaton will be possible up to June 1st, 2004

Training Sessions
Applicants are expected to enroll in  one  training session only. 

Participation Fee
The participation fee is 400 euros and covers admittance to the lectures and  training sessions, the Book of Abstracts, daily lunches, break refreshments and attendance of  social events. Admittance to selected sessions  will be payable in SIT at the Registration Desk.

A limited number of pre-registered active participants  will be informed of a reduced registration fee.

Active Participation
Enrolling  candidates  are  invited to send  to the Secretariat by e- mail or on a floppy  disc abstracts of  their  short presentations relating to the topics of the conference . The length of the text should not exceed  200 words. Deadline: April 15th, 2004 . The  authors of abstracts selected  for oral presentation will be notified.

Invited participants
Postgraduates interested in the genetic basis of  immunity,  blood transfusion, cell therapy, laboratory and  biostatistical research tools and  vaccine design.

Scientific Committee

Ben Bradley
Mateja Bohinjec
Primož Rožman
Blanka Vidan-Jeras
Matjaž Jeras

Organising Committee

Mateja Bohinjec

Primož Rožman
Blanka Vidan-Jeras
Matjaž Jeras
Dragoslav Domanović
Irena Bricl
Marko Breskvar
Cvetka Gregorc


Research Center for Transfusion Medicine 
Blood Transfusion Centre of the Republic of Slovenia
Šlajmerjeva 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tel.: +386 1 5438147  Fax.: +386 1 2302224
         +386 1 5438100  Fax.: +386 1 2302551

E-mail: mateja.bohinjec@ztm.si 

General information and travel arrangements:
E-mail: cvetka.gregorc@ztm.si  

Registration and Accommodation:
KONGRES d.o.o.
Tel.: +386 1 2574555, Fax.: +386 1 2576303

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