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Cambridge Immunology Network


The course will be hosted by Dr. Jirina Bartunkova and her FCE, the Institute of Immunology, Czech Republic at Charles University.
The deadline for travel grant nominations is August 31, 2017.

Course Description

Invited speakers are chosen based on their expertise in basic and clinical immunology, as well as their teaching skills. The lectures cover the major topics in cellular and molecular immunology, including innate immunity, B cells, T cells, dendritic cells, cytokines and mucosal immunity. Other lectures cover autoimmune, allergic and immunodeficiency diseases, as well as new advances in interventional and clinical immunology and the molecular and genetic basis of immunologically-mediated diseases. All lecturers encourage interaction with the students through questions and discussions during lecture time. There is also ample opportunity for students to interact with the faculty outside the lecture room.

Target Audience

The target audience includes clinical fellows in disciplines related to immunology, including rheumatology, allergy, infectious disease, oncology and transplantation; fellows doing basic research with an emphasis on human disease; scientists or other research and development personnel from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies who are involved in developing new therapies for immunological disease; and academic or community physicians who wish to enhance their understanding of immunology.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the fundamental mechanisms underlying protective immune responses, and discuss the recent advances and emerging themes in immunology research.
  • Describe the fundamental mechanisms underlying immunologic disease and associate these mechanisms with strategies for therapeutic modulation of the immune system.
  • Appreciate the basic immunological principles underlying biotherapeutics, recognize the commonality among diverse organ-specific disease states and infer the mechanisms of therapeutic effect.
  • Analyze the medical literature reporting immunologic advances pertinent to their patients, cite the rationale for use of new immunodiagnostic and immunotherapeutic modalities in their patients, and serve as thought leaders within their medical communities.

Course Testimonials

Read what past attendees are saying about the Advanced course:

  • "An excellent, well-organized and educational course. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire program."
  • "Excellent course at an excellent location and hotel. I am grateful for this opportunity and have learned so much that made every minute worth it."
  • "Excllent course. One of the major strengths: graduation of sessions from initially basic to clinical immunology at the end. A great course for an MD who wants to obtain a stronger immunology background."
  • "Very good course. High quality, excellent speakers, well organized. Highly recommended."
  • "Well respected. Certainly held its excellent reputation as noted at my institution."

Course Agenda 

Albert Einstein Hall, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague

Monday, October 16 
7:30-8:45 Registration
8:45-9:00 Welcome to Prague / FOCIS Introduction - Prof. Jirina Bartunkova, Charles University
9:00-9:30 Overview of the Immune System - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
9:30-10:00 Introductory Test - Prof. Jirina Bartunkova, Charles University
10:00-11:00    Apoptosis, Necrosis and Immunogenic Cell Death – Oliver Kepp, INSERM
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Dendritic Cells and Antigen Presentation - Prof. Radek Spisek, Charles University
12:00-13:00 T Cell Activation and Costimulation - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
13:00-14:00 Lunch 
14:00-14:45 Effector and Memory T Cells - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
14:45-15:45 B Cells and Antibodies - Falk Hiepe, MD, Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum
15:45-16:15 Break
16:15-17:00 Immunoreceptor Signaling - Vaclav Horejsi, PhD, Institute of Molecular Genetics of the ASCR
17:00-18:00 Mechanisms of Tolerance - Abul Abbas, MD, University of California, San Francisco
18:45-19:30 Excursion to the Historical Building of Charles University
19:30 Prague Beer Reception
Tuesday, October 17
8:15-8:30 Albert Einstein in Prague - Prof. Jan Cerny, Charles University
8:30-9:30 Mucosal Immunity and Microbiome - Jiri Mestecky, MD, PhD, University of Alabama, Birmingham
9:30-10:30 Anittumoral Immunity, Cancer Immunotherapy - Prof. Radek Spisek, Charles University
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Autoimmunity - Terri Laufer, MD, University of Pennsylvania
12:00-12:45 Computational Immunology - Magnus Fontes, PhD, Lund University
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Primary Immune Deficiencies & Autoinflammatory Disorders - Prof. Anna Sediva, Charles University
14:45-15:45 Bone Marrow and Organ Transplantation - Prof. Régis Josien, Université de Nantes
15:45-16:15 Break 
16:15-17:00 Innate Immunity - Eric Vivier, DVM, PhD, Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy 
17:00-18:00 Allergy, Molecular Diagnostic and Allergen Immunotherapy - Rudolf Valenta, MD, Medical University of Vienna 
19:00-20:30 Reception with Faculty
Wednesday, October 18
8:30-9:30 Immunotherapy: Monoclonal Antibodies, Antibody-drug-conjugates, Bispecific Antibodies - Jens Hennecke, PhD, SOTIO 
9:30-10:30 Immunotherapy: Adoptive T Cell Therapy and CAR-T Cells - Michael Hudecek, MD, University of Würzburg
10:30-11:00 Break 
11:00-12:00 Vaccines - Challenges and Achievements - Sir Andrew McMichael, University of Oxford 
12:00-12:30 Concluding Test - Prof. Jirina Bartunkova, Charles University 
12:30-13:00 Farewell Lunch 

Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants (in value € 500) are available for students and young researchers under 35 who participate in FOCIS European Advanced Course in Prague. The grant furnishes funding for travel and/or for the registration fee.

General requirements for application for a travel grant are:

  • Proof of registration to the course
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter with your reasons for requesting the grant

Please send your application to: Deadline for submission of the application is August 31.

C-IN | Course Secretariat
Prague Congress Centre 5. kvetna 65
140 21 Prague 4
Czech Republic


Monday, 16 October, 2017 - 08:55 to Wednesday, 18 October, 2017 - 18:55
Contact name: 
Beth Klipping (FOCIS)
Contact email: 
Event location: 
Czech Republic at Charles University