Aim and scope:
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing and single-cell technologies in connection to novel models for analyzing such data are causing a rapid evolution in immunology and immunotherapy, giving rise to a novel understanding of diseases such as autoimmoune diseases. Topics such as Epitope Predictions, Rejection in transplants, Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases are yielding intriguing and complex problems. Our main and special guest lectures will address such a scope focusing on algorithms, models, biomedical and biotechnological techniques together with clinical applications. From the enclosed bibliography, the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.
- Alberto Mantovani
Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases
Humanitas University, Italy
- Stephen Quake
Single-cell Technologies and Microbiome Analysis in Immunology
Stanford University, USA
- Morten Nielsen
T-Cell and B-Cell Epitope Prediction from Sequence
- Bjoern Peters
Epitope Data Searching, Analysis and Prediction: Infectious Diseases, Allergy,Autoimmunity and Transplant
La Jolla Institute, USA
- Napoleone Ferrara
Combining Angiogenesis Regulation and Immunotherapy in Cancer
University of California, San Diego, USA
- Aleksandra Walczak
Probabilistic Models for Immunology
Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
- Alessandro Laganà
Precision Medicine for Multiple Myeloma Based on an Integrative Multi-Omics Approach
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Closing lecture and Panel
- Michael Levitt (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2013)
Stanford University, USA
- Carlo M. Croce
Ohio State University, USA
- Søren Brunak
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Gene Myers
Next Generation Sequencing
Max Planck Institute, Germany
- Stefania Stefani
Microbiology and Immune System
University of Catania, Italy
The official language is English.
Travel and accomodation
Participants will be arranged in comfortable hotels at very special rates. The conference room (very close to the same hotels) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily reached from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).
Two kinds of participants are welcome.
Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon coursework and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. Passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program.
Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.
Registration fees is 500 €. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events and coffee breaks. Late registration is 600 €.
Early registration applications can be submitted from November 27th, 2017 up to April 20th, 2018. Late registrations will be accepted until June 20th, 2018. Admission notification will start on January 31st, 2018, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae or an updated link to an official website. In case of cancellation after fees payments, a 25% penalty will be applied. Payment must be received by April 30th, 2018 for Regular Registration and June 29th, 2018 for Late Registration.
Carlo M. Croce (Ohio State University, USA)
Søren Brunak (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Francesco Di Raimondo (University of Catania, Italy)
Rosalba Giugno (University of Verona, Italy)
Lorenzo Malatino (Director of Graduate Studies in "Translational Biomedicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Gene Myers (Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany)
Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, Italy)
Francesco Purrello (Director "Department Clinical and Experimental Medicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Stephen Quake (Stanford University, USA)
Giorgio Stassi (University of Palermo, Italy)
Stefania Stefani (University of Catania, Italy)
Paolo Vigneri (University of Catania, Italy)