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Clin Imm Sōsh - June 2014

Pointing you in the right direction

June 2014

Welcome to the first issue of Clin Imm Sōsh, the new e-newsletter from CIS!  We'd like to keep you up to date on CIS's projects and committees, as well as letting you know what's new on the website and social media.  As always, we value your input, so if you there are topics you'd like to see more (or less!) of in the newsletter, or you have any other comments, please drop us a line at info@clinimmsoc.org


Letter from the President - Donald B. Kohn, MD

I am pleased and honored to assume the Presidency of the Clinical Immunology Society for the next year. It comes at a great time for the Society, based on the work of former leadership to continue to make our Annual Meeting informative, relevant and enjoyable; to provide academic leadership..
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What’s New in Immunotherapeutics: Asthma and Allergic Diseases (Part 1) - Zoulfia Allakhverdi, PhD

I am delighted to start the new series of  What’s New in Immunotherapeutics in different disease areas covering the immunotherapeutics that have very recent prominence in the news media (within 2013-2014 only) and that would be of interest to CIS members. This series will be supplementary to the WEBbook of Biologics, with the only difference that not all biologics presented here are the FDA approved and can be still in the developmental stage, holding a great promise.
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Membership is growing!

We are happy to let you know that there are 821 current members of CIS. The number of trainees has doubled since we started offering free membership in January 2014. Welcome to all and we hope you'll be with us for many years to come! 
CIS has formed partnerships with several regional immunology organizations - LASID, ESID, J Project and ASID - and begun offering a special dues rate for members of those societies who are outside the US and Canada.  The Membership Committee, led by Dr. Sergio Rosenzweig, is also looking to form additional partnerships with Asian immunology societies.  We are working to bring you reciprocal benefits to our partner societies, and will keep you updated on our progress.


What Do You Need to Know About the Physician Payment Sunshine Act?

Open Payments (Sunshine Act) is a federal run transparency program that is intended to increase the public awareness of financial relationships between physicians and applicable manufacturers. Applicable manufacturers will be required to provide The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) information about payments or other transfers of value they make with physicians. Beginning in 2014 the data will be collected annually and CMS will publish financial relationships between applicable manufactures and physicians on their publicly available website. Data that was collected August 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 will be accessible no later than September 30, 2014.

CIS has created a FAQ section on our website as an additional resource to our physician members. Visit http://www.clinimmsoc.org/education/physician-payment-sunshine-act


2014 Annual Meeting - Baltimore, Maryland

If you missed the CIS Annual Meeting on April 10-14 in Baltimore, you missed a lot!  We had a record attendance of 507 - so if you couldn't attend this year, we're looking to you to help us set a new record next year in Houston.  We had so much great footage that we had a hard time making cuts to get this highlight video to a reasonable length.
Virtual Meeting: Whether you need to refresh what you heard at the meeting, or hear it for the first time, members can access the 2014 virtual meeting presentations here, and any time in the Members Only section of the website.


CIS interviews founders Noel Rose, MD and John Fahey, MD

CIS was honored to have our founders Dr. Rose and Dr. Fahey both in attendance at the 2014 Annual Meeting.  We caught up with them and interviewed Dr. Fahey about the origins of CIS.  We asked Dr. Rose to talk about the history of the Annual Meeting.  Please click the links in this paragraph to watch these short videos!


Joint Symposium for Researchers and Clinicians on X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease and Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome Announced!

November 3-4, 2014
London, UK

A joint symposium for researchers and clinicians on X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease and Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome is being held in London UK and offers access to the latest research and analysis related to these rare diseases. Meeting participants will gain valuable insights into innovative perspectives in both basic and clinical research. The scientific programme will draw together experts from around the world to discuss breakthroughs in basic research, advances in clinical practice, novel therapeutic approaches and new insights into stem-cell and cellular therapies. An ideal forum to share knowledge, connect with professional colleagues and grow your professional network.

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