As the development and availability of new targeted therapies boosted important evolutions in the field of clinical immunology, many of us realized the need for more intensive interaction and collaboration not only with fundamental immunologists and with industrial partners but also with our academic colleagues from other organ-specific disciplines than our own. Therefore, we initiated in 2004 an European Working Group of leading academic physician-scientists involved in clinical immunology, rheumatology, dermatology, gastroenterology, transplantation immunology. Our global aim is to create a forum for informal but intensive interaction and networking between translational immunologists from different organ-specific disciplines.
The keys of our organization are:
• Focus on translational immunology with direct clinical relevance
• Emphasis on cross-disciplinary interactions and projects
• Strong interaction between academia and pharmaceutical partners, especially biotech companies focusing on immunomodulation and immunomonitoring
Our organization is open and democratic. Therefore, all interested partners are welcome to join this initiative.
Over the last eight years, we have made a big step forward to reach this goal through the organization of the European Workshop on Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases in Amsterdam in 2006, Nuremberg in 2007, London in 2008, Cascais-Lisbon in 2009, Sitges-Barcelona in 2010, Nice in 2011, Noordwijk aan Zee in 2012, Brussels (Masterclass) in 2013, and Funchal-Madeira, Portugal in 2014.
We are pleased to announce that the 9th European Workshops on Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases - ewIMID'15 - will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on September 2 - 4, 2015.
This year's theme is: 'Initiation of chronic tissue inflammation'.
We sincerely hope to welcome you to ewIMID'15.
The Organising Committee
Dominique Baeten, AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Janneke de Winter, AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Leonieke van Mens, AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Alexandre Voskuyl VUMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands