Newsletter Editors:
Howard Young
Marta Catalfamo

In This Issue:

  • ICIS Award Information
  • ICIS New Members
  • Cytokines 2018
  • Discover of IL-40
  • Thoughts on the Controversies Surrounding Jonas Salk

What is the most valuable aspect of our Society? It’s the talent, enthusiasm, and dedication of our members. Our members who continuously dedicate their time and talents to lead our Society are invaluable to our success. Those of you who serve on our committees and organize annual conferences are the bedrock of our Society. For new members and young investigators, I encourage you to reach out to us with your ideas, and volunteer on committees. You can effect change. It will transform your career.

As incoming President of ICIS, I want to extend my thanks to our past ICIS President, Tada Taniguchi, for his leadership and encouragement of my participation as President-Elect to influence the course of ICIS. Many thanks also go to our past Secretary, Sarah Gaffen, and Treasurer, Karen Mossman. They guided the direction of the Society and initiated events at our conferences to encourage involvement of young investigators.

Advances in cytokine and interferon research are moving at an ever-accelerating pace. Technologies that include next generation sequencing, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, imaging in living systems, are now available to individual laboratories. These and other advances have contributed to major developments in cancer immunotherapy, resolution of inflammation, defense against emerging pathogens, regulation of microbiota and autoimmunity, and many more discoveries. We share these major accomplishments at our international conference. One of the benefits of membership in our Society is the ability to personally interact every year at our conference. Not only do we learn from eminent keynote speakers, but by attending workshops and poster sessions, we can take the opportunity to network with other scientists and initiate collaborations. These new connections and friendships will last a lifetime.
Each annual conference also provides a venue to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our fellow researchers with prestigious Awards. We are grateful to all of the sponsors of these Awards, in particular, the long-standing generosity of the Seymour and Vivian Milstein family. Please see the Donors Hall of Fame in this Signals Newsletter. Kouji Matsushima and his team organized a wonderfully successful Cytokines2017 in Kanazawa Japan last year. Read More.