Letter from SIICA President

Dear Members and Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the 10th National Congress of the Italian Society of Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology (SIICA) which will take place in Abano Terme from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th May, 2016.

The Congress is an excellent opportunity for immunologists from Italy and around the world to come together. Whether you are a clinician determined to stay at the forefront of practice, a researcher ready to explore an emerging field of science, or a trainee assessing professional pathways, the 2016 SIICA Congress will help you achieve your goals in a friendly and interactive environment.

Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will span the length and breadth of immunology and its related disciplines. With six plenary symposia, fifteen parallel workshops, and three lectures, all aspects of innate immunity, adaptive immunity, diseases of the immune system and immunotherapy will be covered. In addition to all this, interesting walks along the poster exhibition space will encourage lively discussions with presenters. Last but not least, the gala dinner will give you the chance to chat with prominent and emerging immunologists, to meet former students and colleagues, and catch up with friends.

I very much hope that you will be able to join this wonderful congress and enjoy visiting Abano Terme, one of the most famous thermal SPAs in Europe.

Look forward to seeing you in Abano Terme!

Angelo Vacca
SIICA President

Letter from President of the SIICA X National Conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my great privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the X National Congress of the Italian Society of Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology (SIICA) in Abano Terme, Padua. Indeed, we do feel with emotion this event, since it represents a return after fifteen years to the same place, where the Italian Society of Immunology held its last National Congress in 2001, before joining other components of the Italian immunological landscape, thus giving rise to SIICA.

Padua and its surroundings are proud to host this Congress. In fact, our University, which in 2022 will celebrate 800 years, has been a sort of cradle for modern medicine, giving hospitality to a great number of scientist who provided the fundaments of modern science. Let's start with Pietro d'Abano, who gives his name to our Congress venue, whose embryonic attempts to explore the rules governing Nature represented a breakthrough in the prevailing culture of the second half of the 14th Century. Padua also had the great privilege of hosting Andrea Vesalio, Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Gabriele Falloppio, Johann Georg Wirsung, William Harvey, and many others. Moreover, for all of us, who are fully dedicated to Immunology, the name of Girolamo Fabrici d'Acquapendente, who first described in birds the organ where the cells which we now call B-lymphocytesmature, is a particular source of pride.

We are grateful to the Steering Committee of SIICA for giving us the honor of sharing the responsibility for organizing this Congress; indeed, Padua has gained over the past 40 years a great visibility in Immunology. In designing this Program, we did our best to give an overview of what is going on in this field, where several new topics strongly emerge, constituting a cutting edge to an ever more efficacious approach to immunological diseases.

Thus, I warmly wish you a fruitful Congress, and a pleasant stay in Abano Terme.

Paola Zanovello
President of the Congress