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
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
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.
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.
Sunday, 6 June
09.00 - 09.30 Opening Ceremony
09.30 - 13.00
and functional interactions between MHC and NK genes
John Trowsdale, Cambridge
Derek Middleton, Belfast
the original blood group system: serology, biosynthesis and molecular genetics
Geoff Daniels, Bristol
challenges in immunohaematology
Primo Roman, Ljubljana
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00
Ian Sargent, Oxford
cytolytic mechanisms at the maternal-fetal interface
Daniel Rukavina, Rijeka
in forensic medicine
Wolfgang R. Mayr, Wien
20.00 - 21.30 Concert
Monday, 7 June
session: GENETIC RISK FACTORS
associated diseases: Genes involved in possible mechanisms
Eric Thorsby, Oslo
factors in juvenile arthritis
Ekkehard Albert, München
biostatistical analysis of multifactorial diseases
Ann Cambon-Thomsen, Toulouse
associated diseases in Slovenians
Blanka Vidan-Jeras, Ljubljana
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00
history of histocompatibility testing
Ben Bradley, Bristol
relevance of immunogenetics in organ transplantation
Frans Claas, Leiden
processing is predictable: From genes to T cell epitopes
Stevan Stefanovię, Tübingen
properties of prion peptides
Vladka Čurin-erbec, Ljubljana
Tuesday, 8 June
session: STRATEGIES IN
09.00 - 13.00
tolerance to alloantigens
Kathryn Wood, Oxford
immunotherapeutic avenues in leukaemia
Alejandro Madrigal, London
reduced intensive conditioning in stem cell transplantation
Michael Potter, London
use of dendritic cells as cellular vaccines and modulators of immune
Matja Jeras, Ljubljana
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
session: CELL THERAPY
14.00 - 17.00
The impact of
donor NK alloreactivity on allogenic hematopoietic transplantation
Loredana Ruggeri, Perugia
Jill Moira Hows, Bristol
for modern transfusion medicine
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.
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
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 Mikloičeva 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.
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.
Applicants are expected to enroll in one training session only.
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.
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.
Postgraduates interested in the genetic basis of immunity, blood transfusion, cell therapy, laboratory and biostatistical research tools and vaccine design.
Research Center for Transfusion Medicine
Blood Transfusion Centre of the Republic of Slovenia
lajmerjeva 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel.: +386 1 5438147 Fax.: +386 1 2302224
+386 1 5438100 Fax.: +386 1 2302551
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