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 and Noordwijk aan Zee in 2012.
In 2013, the Steering Committee and Scientific Committees decided to turn the 3-day Workshop into a biennial event. The biennial Workshop will be alternated with a biennial one-day Masterclass on a relevant topic. So in 2013 a Masterclass on Immuno-monitoring took place in Brussels, Belgium.
This year we have the honor to announce that the 8th European Workshops on Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases - ewIMID'14 - will take place in Funchal - Madeira, Portugal on November 5 - 7, 2014. We are proud that Prof. João Eurico Fonseca and Prof. Luis Graça accepted to be the Scientific Chairs of ewIMID’14.
The Workshop Chairs, the Steering Committee and the Scientific Committee look forward to your active participation and sincerely hope to welcome you to Funchal.
The Steering Committee
Thomas Giese, Heidelberg, Germany
Timothy Radstake, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Leonie Taams, London, UK