Cytokines 2015

Welcome to Cytokines 2015 – Symphonies in Health and Disease

Third Annual Meeting of the
International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS)

October 11 – 14, 2015, Bamberg, Germany

Dear Participants,

The Cytokines 2015 Meeting was held in Bamberg, Germany, October 11-14, 2015.

The Third Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society provided an outstanding forum for investigators in basic science and clinical research to present their most recent findings on the role of cytokines in infectious diseases, inflammation, cancer, autoimmunity and novel therapeutic interventions. Scientific sessions include cutting edge basic and clinical presentations in plenary and concurrent symposia, as well as eminent keynote lectures, and are supported by up-to-date poster sessions. The Meeting also provided strong networking opportunities for scientists in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The broad attendance and blend of senior scientists and physicians, as well as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world ensured a vibrant and exciting conference for all.

As in previous years, the meeting again provided a great opportunity for all members of the interferon and cytokine community to engage with speakers and presenters in an interactive and stimulating environment and to establish or renew scientific contacts and friendships.


Prof. Dr. Peter Stäheli                                                      Prof. Dr. Otto Haller

Convener                                                                           Convener

Institute of Virology, University Medical Center Freiburg

Local Organizing Committee

  • Iris Behrmann (Luxembourg)
  • Andreas Diefenbach (Mainz)
  • Otto Haller (Freiburg)
  • Hansjörg Hauser (Braunschweig)
  • Markus Heim (Basel)
  • Susanne Herold (Giessen)
  • Ulrich Kalinke (Hannover)
  • Stefan Rose-John (Kiel)
  • Jürgen Scheller (Düsseldorf )
  • Peter Staeheli (Freiburg)
  • Friedemann Weber (Giessen)

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Iain Campbell (Australia)
  • Rune Hartman (Denmark)
  • Matthias Ernst (Australia)
  • Takashi Fujita (Japan)
  • Cem Gabay (Switzerland)
  • Sarah Gaffen (USA)
  • Dhan Kalvakolanu (USA)
  • David Levy (USA)
  • Karen Mossman (Canada)
  • Sandra Pellegrini (France)
  • Howard Young (USA)

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • David Artis, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA
  • Yanick Crow, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Takashi Fujita, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, NIH/NIAMS, Bethesda, USA
  • Sun Hur, Harvard University, Boston, USA
  • Akiko Iwasaki, Yale University, New Haven, USA
  • Harmit Malik, FHCRC, Seattle, USA
  • Michael Malim, King’s College, London, UK
  • Caetano Reis e Sousa, The Francis Crick Institute , London, UK
  • Stefan Rose-John, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • Alan Sher, NIH/NIAID, Bethesda, USA

Symposia Topics and Speakers:

“Pathogen recognition”

Glen Barber (Miami, USA)

“Cytokines in cancer development and antitumor immunity”

Tadatsugu Taniguchi (Tokyo, Japan) / Robert Korneluk (Ottawa, Canada)

IFN-λ in innate and adaptive immunity”

Rune Hartmann (Aarhus, Denmark) / Markus Heim (Basel, Switzerland)

“Anti-cytokine therapy of inflammatory human diseases”

Markus Neurath (Erlangen, Germany) / Cem Gabay (Geneva, Switzerland)

“Role of cytokines in skin and mucosal immunity”

Wenjun Ouyang (South San Francisco, USA) / Andreas Diefenbach (Mainz, Germany)

“From basic cytokine research to translational approaches”

Hergen Spits (Amsterdam, Netherlands) / Daniel Cua (San Francisco, USA)

“Cytokines in pathogen-induced tissue damage and repair”

Andreas Wack (London, UK) / Susanne Herold (Giessen, Germany)

“Sensing in innate immunity and pathogen countermeasures”

Friedemann Weber (Marburg, Germany) / Curt Horvath (Evanston, USA)

Cytokine-induced proteins mediating pathogen defense”

Klaus Pfeffer (Düsseldorf, Germany) /  Ganes C. Sen (Cleveland, USA)

 “Cytokines and CNS disease“

Ari Waisman (Mainz, Germany) / Etty (Tika) Benveniste (Birmingham, USA)

Cytokines in antifungal and antibacterial immunity”

Sarah Gaffen (Pittsburgh, USA) / Katrin Mayer-Barber (Bethesda, USA) / Anne O´Garra (London, UK)

“Systems biology in cytokine research”

Kyung Hyun Yoo (Bethedsa, USA) / Andreas Pichlmair (Munich, Germany)


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