Scientific programme and Faculty
Saturday November 10: Inauguration of the USERN Meeting and Prize Festival in 5 Fields of Science on the occasion of the UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development. Evening: Awarding of prizes of the International Festival for Pediatric Patients Paintings
Sunday November 11: PID Course-Epidemiology and Manifestations of PID – Afternoon: Round table discussion on PID comorbidities, genetic disorders and vaccines (with the participation of patients and families)
Monday November 12: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches for PID – Afternoon: Posters Vision and PID Clinic 1 with patients from Calabria Greca
Tuesday November 13: Translational Immunology and Immunogenetics – Afternoon: Workshop on NGS Data Analysis
Wednesday November 14 (Morning only): Best Posters Presentations and Awards – PID Clinic 2 with patients from Calabria Greca – End of the PID course
For the detailed programme go here.
Alessandro Aiuti – Milan; Antonio Condino Neto – Sao Paulo; Francesco Cucca – Cagliari; Evan Eichler – Seattle; Eleonora Gambineri – Florence; Marco Gattorno – Genoa; Lennart Hammarstrom – Stockholm; Giovanni Pioggia – Messina; Craig Platt – Boston; Alessandro Plebani – Brescia; Nima Rezaei – Tehran; Giovanni Romeo – Reggio Calabria; Kathleen Sullivan – Philadelphia; Mirjam van der Burg – Rotterdam.
PRIMARY IMMUNODEFICIENCY DISEASES (PID)
PID are a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders with defects in one or more components of the immune system. Some of these disorders have a frequency 10-fold higher the in “Calabria Greca” with respect to other parts of Italy. The clinical and experimental study of monogenic PID may provide unique opportunities to uncover the genetic bases and mechanisms of complex autoimmune disorders (AID) and to unravel pathways driving autoimmunity (https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/immunology-and-microbiology/primary-immunodeficiency)
The PID course organized in conjunction with the annual USERN meeting addresses the need to increase awareness of these conditions worldwide and also to define the resource requirements for diagnosis, genetic counseling and treatment in the “Calabria Greca”.
Information on Calabria Greca: http://calabriagreca.eu/
Clinical and experimental immunologists, medical geneticists, pediatricians, medical laboratory technicians, medical residents, genetic nurses, biologists, pharmacists, from Italy as well from other countries with particular attention to regions of the world with high consanguinity rates and high incidence of PID
Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Salita Melissari, 89124 Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
The official language of the USERN-ESGM Course on Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID) is English. All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English.
LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
The conference secretariat and organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or indirectly arising from the USERN-ESGM Course on Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID). Participants are advised to take out their own personal health and travel insurance for their trip.
Roberta Siclari and Sabrina Vazzana – Associazione QOL-ONE Via C. Quattrone, 8, 89134 Pellaro, Reggio Calabria Email: email@example.com
Fax: +39 0965 357365
Mobile+39 328 3477876
TUITION AND FEES
For Developing country:
Juniors (<40 years old - born after December 31th 1977) € 250,00 Seniors € 350,00 Other country:
Juniors (<40 years old - born after December 31th 1977) € 350,00 Seniors € 450,00 REGISTRATION FEE FOR PARTICIPANT INCLUDES:
- Admission to the ESGM Course on Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID)
- Opening / Award Ceremony
- Certificate of attendance
- Lunch and refreshments during the Course
REGISTRATION FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Hotel costs
- Travel arrangements
Should you need assistance with accommodations, please contact the Conference Secretariat: Roberta Siclari and Sabrina Vazzana – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are glad to suggest you several accommodation options.
The hotels have limited capacities. It is recommended that you make your hotel booking as early as possible.
In case of cancellation of participation before October 14 the registration fee will be refunded 100%. Between 15 October and 30 October 2018 the registration fee will be refunded deducting a handling fee of 30% of the paid amount. After 31 October 2018 there will be no refund. Cancellations must be communicated in written form. In case of no-show or early departure no refund of registration fees will be made. The organisers will only accept request for refunds if they are in writing. Should you have any special requests for the processing of your invoice, kindly let us know when submitting your registration form sending an email to email@example.com. The re-issuing of an invoice incurs a EUR 39 handling fee.
Fellowships provided by national and international scientific Societies, charities and sponsors will be awarded to junior applicants (born after December 31th 1978 – see details under registration). Application deadline for fellowships: September 30, 2018.
Fellowships cover tuition and fees, accomodation in a B&B room together with another fellowship awardee, no travel expenses. Submission of an abstract for a poster presentation is reccomended to all fellowships applicants.
If you need a Schengen visa and your registration has been completed, you will receive a letter of invitation that you have to show to the nearest Italian Consulate. Please note that the Schengen procedure might take several weeks. Apply for an appointment as soon as possible.
Please contact the Conference Secretariat: Roberta Siclari and Sabrina Vazzana – firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for an invitation letter.
ABOUT REGGIO CALABRIA
Reggio Calabria is a busy town in Calabria, at the tip of Italy’s ‘toe’ and just over the water from Sicily.
The Ancient Greek town which stood here, Rhegion, was an important part of Magna Graecia, the Greek colonisation of Italy. The site has had obvious strategic importance over the centuries due to its proximity to Sicily and the shipping route through the Strait of Messina. However, the most important tourist attractions in Reggio are not from the city itself. The two famous Greek bronze statues in the Museo Nazionale in Reggio were found in the sea fifty miles away, near a village after which they are named: the Riace Bronzes, the Bronzi di Riace. These are larger than life-size sculptures of heroic warriors; there is speculation about their origins, creator and significance, but whatever their story, the two heroes are beautiful and rare mementoes from the past.
The National Museum in Reggio (Museo Nazionale di Reggio Calabria) is arguably the region’s most important tourist destination, and many travellers visit Reggio purely to see the museum. As well as the Riace Bronzes, the museum holds a superb collection of exhibits from Rhegion and other Greek sites in Calabria, including Locri.
The city centre, consisting primarily of Liberty buildings, has a linear development along the coast with parallel streets, and the promenade is dotted with rare magnolias and exotic palms. Reggio has commonly used popular nicknames: The “city of Bronzes”, after the Bronzes of Riace that are testimonials of its Greek origins; the “city of bergamot”, which is exclusively cultivated in the region; and the “city of Fatamorgana”, an optical phenomenon visible in Italy only from the Reggio seaside.
REGGIO CALABRIA, TRAVEL TRASPORT AND FERRIES
Reggio Calabria is the final destination for fast Eurostar and Intercity trains heading south down Italy’s Tyrrhenian coast from Rome and Naples. It is also served by regional trains which stop at many local stations in Calabria. The town’s principal railway station is Stazione Centrale, located on Piazza Garibaldi at the southern end of the town centre.
The centre of Reggio di Calabria is served by urban buses run by a firm called ATAM.
Reggio’s port, the Stazione Marittima, is to the north of the town centre, within walking distance of the museum and Stazione Lido. Ferries from Reggio di Calabria head to a range of destinations, with timetables which vary according to the season.
Reggio has its own airport, called the Aeroporto dello Stretto. It mainly serves flights within Italy. The most convenient international airports are at Lamezia Terme, and in Sicily at Catania and Palermo.
SURROUNDINGS OF REGGIO CALABRIA
One of the best short trips from Reggio di Calabria is Scilla, a very attractive fishing village with a beach just half an hour away by train. Further up the Tyrrhenian Sea is the Costa degli Dei (‘Coast of the Gods’) where Tropea is the most famous resort.
Reggio’s location makes it a logical part of tours of Calabria, Sicily and the Aelonian Island.
The population of Greek Calabria (http://www.calabriagreca.it) is part of the Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria and has been the subject of linguistic, archaeological and more recently genetic studies for more than a century (Sarno, S. et al .: Ancient and recent admixture layers in Sicily and Southern Italy trace multiple migration routes along the Mediterranean, Sci Rep. 2017; 7 (1): 1984). All these studies agree in attributing its origins to migration prior to the era of classical Greece.
From the medical point of view, Greek Calabria is characterized by a prevalence of primary immunodeficiencies (PID) much higher than in other parts of Italy. The best known PID is the Mediterranean Familial Fever (FMF) frequently diagnosed in Calabria and Sicily along with other Recurrent Periodic Fevers. Each single monogenic PID (such as FMF) offers unique opportunities to discover the genetic causes and mechanisms that lead to the onset of complex autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders, thus contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field of autoimmunity.
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USERN 2018 Congress and Prize Awarding Festival + Post Pid Course