India set for 5th Congress of Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania
Variability to HIV infection, its progression and responsiveness to Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) is governed by multiple host genetic factors that include HLA, cytokines, chemokines, their receptors and others; however, in India, information in this area is rather limited. Considering the population specific influences on the HIV outcome, it is of utmost importance to strengthen ongoing efforts towards defining largely unknown genetic propensity of the Indian population.
India is all set to host the 5th Congress of Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA) from March 14-17, 2012. The theme of the Congress is ‘Translational Immunology in Health and Disease’. Special emphasis will be laid on issues related to infections such as tuberculosis, malaria, Hepatitis C and HIV. Prof Stefan Kauffman from Germany who has developed several scientific innovations for treating tuberculosis will discuss various issues in vaccine development.
In a study conducted at AIIMS led by Prof N K Mehra, Head – Department of Transplant Immunology and Immunogenetics, it has been shown that the risk of disease development among infected individuals depends largely on the individual’s immune response and genes controlling the immune effector functions.
The Congress will have the keynote address delivered by Sir Gustav Nossal an eminent Immunologist from Australia, as well as several Master Lectures in the fields of cancer, transplantation, tuberculosis, stem cells and immunology by international stalwarts like James McCluskey (Australia), Abul Abbas (USA), Shigeo Koyasu (Japan), Rafi Ahmad (USA), Vijay Kuchroo (USA), Reihold Schmidt (Germany) and other world renowned scientists.