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Worldwide Gathering of Immunologists in Montreal


More than 8,000 international scientists and clinicians will arrive in Montreal to share the latest advances in Immunology in the July heat. Researchers from 70 countries will arrive in the city on July 18 to attend the weeklong 12th International Congress of Immunology (ICI) and 4th Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) Meeting.

"There will be over 5,000 presentations including diverse topics such as, asthma, stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, vaccines, arthritis and new therapies for HIV," says Dr. Emil Skamene, Congress President. "The caliber of the presentations is outstanding and the number of delegates indicative of the high interest in this important area of science. The link between science and better treatments for many chronic diseases has been achieved by the integration of the ICI and FOCIS programmes - a historical first for these two organizations. This will prove to be an extremely exciting and informative conference."

"This is meeting is the world’s largest and most prestigious gathering of immunologists," says Dr. Marianna Newkirk, Congress Scientific Program Chair. "It is the first time these two groups of basic and clinical immunologists will meet in Montreal. The city has done an excellent job of accommodating the needs of this conference - a task only a few cities in Canada can accomplish. We are confident the delegates will have a successful and enjoyable time in Montreal."

The congress will also organize a university-industry marketplace, where the transfer of new technologies in immunology from labs to biotech, and pharma spin-offs will be emphasized. Here the newest inventions from all over the world will be offered for commercialization to Quebec and Canadian venture capital and biotechnology groups. The meeting will offer demonstrations and tutorials of new concepts, equipment and products, and educational clinical immunology symposia of the highest scientific content, supported by the world’s leading immunology companies.

The ICI-FOCIS 2004 conference will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from July 18 to July 23. Press conferences will be held Monday through Friday.

The ICI-FOCIS 2004 conference is presented by the National Research Council Canada (NRC), in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Immunology and the International Union of Immunological Societies. The overall motto of the Congress is "through science of immunology to improvement of health and to creation of new wealth in the knowledge-based economy". Conference organizers include Dr. Emil Skamene, Scientific Director. Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Marianna Newkirk, Researcher, McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Phil Gold, Executive Director, Clinical Research Centre, McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Pierre Talbot, Director INRS, Institute Armand-Frappier, and Dr. Marika Sarfati, Researcher, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal.

Conference presentations will include the following topics:
- Stem cell and bone marrow transplantation
- Emerging diseases SARS, influenza
- Vaccine development
- Infectious diseases of the 21st century
- Immune deficiency diseases
- HIV therapies
- Tumour biology
- The genetics of immunological disease
- Cell roles in immunology - Allergies
- Asthma
- Autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes

Christine Zeindler | ICI-FOCIS 2004
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