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Clin Imm Sōsh - December 2015

Clin Imm Sōsh: Pointing you in the right direction
December 2015

Welcome to Clin Imm Sōsh, the quarterly 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 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.


2016 Annual Meeting

CIS is excited to let you know that registration for our 2016 Annual Meeting is now open! In the Annual Meeting section of the CIS website, you can:


Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology Committee

CIS is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Committee – The Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology Committee (DLI-COM). The goals/activities proposed under the auspices of the DLI-COM – in essence – will be a continuation of the “early years”, and will be applicable to Diagnostic and Therapeutic Care, Research, Education & Training, and Advocacy:

1. Promote Education, Training & Awareness
Examples of activities toward this goal:

a. Provide educational opportunities and content (e.g. printed, web-based, on-site [workshops/electives, national meetings, etc.])
b. Provide up-to-date inventory of Laboratories (“who is doing what and where”)
c. Promote uniform diagnostics (How is “who” doing “what”)
d. Provide tools to facilitate DLI aspects in day-to-day Clinical Practice

2. Develop a CIS-based Network connecting all the Stakeholders in DLI (e.g. Physicians/Members, Institute-based DLI Labs, commercial DLI Labs, DLI-centric organizations (e.g. ABMLI, ACMG), Patient/Parent Organizations)

3. Provide organizational support and context for Diagnostic Laboratories, currently engaged in DLI to form a more cohesive (collaborative, networked) structure (e.g. with respect to new assay development, integration of different diagnostic modalities, salvage & retention of existing assays, joint QC/validation programs, joint approaches towards test utilization initiatives, etc.)

4. Promote clinical/translational research, inspired by and/or building upon diagnostic testing (e.g. providing a CIS-sponsored “Brokerage” system to facilitate collaborative research, for example stemming from finding new rare genetic variants in isolated patients, provide support/context for DLI Laboratories to participate in clinical research)

Read the full article by Dr. Jack Bleesing, Chair of the DLI-COM, by clicking here.


Early Career Immunologists - Get involved in CIS

The CIS Early Career Immunologists (ECI) Committee (formerly the NIT/FIT Committee) is looking for new volunteers who are currently trainees or junior faculty. The ECI Committee oversees the FIT section of the CIS website, the CIS Case Conference Webinar Series, as well as improving the experience of CIS Trainee members through the ECI listserve and events at the Annual Meeting. If you are interested in becoming part of this dynamic committee, please email CIS at info@clinimmsoc.org!


2016 Membership renewal

If you have not yet renewed your 2016 dues, please visit the Members Only Section to submit your 2016 dues online or to print an invoice to mail your payment. To access the Members Only Section you will need your log in information. If you have forgotten your username or password, please click the login help link on the Members Only login page.
If you have not received your notice, or if you have any questions, please email CIS at info@clinimmsoc.org.


CIS School in Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

The 2015 Summer School in Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases took place at the Thompson Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. This was the 14th meeting sponsored by the Clinical Immunology Society on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases and proved to be another astounding success. Please click here to view photos from the school.

Of the 76 applications that were received for the School, 34 participants were selected. Of those individuals, 27 were from the US and Canada and seven were international participants. The countries represented at the School were Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Finland, Mexico, Perú, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

For the first time, a handful of "Observers" were selected to attend the School. As an Observer they were allowed to attend the sessions and take part first hand in the same experience as the fellows who attend. Each applicant submitted a letter of interest and CV. Observers paid their own travel expenses and registration fees to cover meals. For the Observers, seven applications were received for the School and four participants were selected. Three individuals were from the US and Canada and one was an international observer.

CIS would like to thank School sponsors Baxalta, CSL Behring, Grifols, Horizon Pharma and USIDNET for their generous support of this important educational endeavor.


The First APSID School Meeting: Hanoi, Vietnam 27 & 28 November 2015

The first School of the Asia Pacific Society of Immunodeficiencies, held at the University of Hanoi and the National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP), was a spectacular success. Twenty nine young doctors from 10 South East Asian countries came to Hanoi to participate in an intensive three day course which featured oral presentations by each student preparing and presenting an abstract with vigorous discussion following. The course, the brain child of Yu Lung Lau (U Hong Kong) and Hans Ochs (U Washington), was graciously assisted by faculty members Reinhard Seger (U Zurich), Shige Nonoyama (Nat’l Defense Med College – Japan), Roger Kobayashi (UCLA) and tutors J. Santos-Ocampo (Philippines), WK Liew (Singapore) and Pam Lee (Hong Kong).

Topics included intense examination of the clinical as well as molecular basis of immunodeficiency, means of enhancing recognition of PIDD and therapeutic interventions. A highlight of the conference was a report by host, Dr. Le Thi Minh Huong, Vice-director of NHP and her staff, who presented the first case of HSCT in a SCID done recently in Vietnam. The child is now thriving. Two older SCID siblings died because prior technical knowledge was unavailable.

The mission of APSID is to share technical expertise, clinical support and to educate young doctors to serve current and future generations in the region. The next School will be held in Hong Kong, April 2016. For more information on APSID and its programs, please contact Ada Tang.


ESID 2016 meeting

The 17th Biennial Meeting of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID 2016) will be held September 21-24, 2016, in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting offers access to the latest research and analysis in the field of immunodeficiencies. Meeting participants will gain valuable insights into innovative perspectives in both basic and clinical research. ​ The scientific program will draw together leading international experts ​to discuss breakthroughs in diagnostic immunology, genetics and immunobiology of human diseases, advances in clinical practice, novel therapeutic approaches to tolerance induction and new insights into stem-cell and cellular therapies.