About Us

Who We Are

The International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS), is a non-profit organization of over 850 scientists devoted to research in the fields of cytokine, interferon and chemokine cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and the clinical use of these biological response modifiers. Bringing together scientists across many different research disciplines, ICIS is the premier organization promoting the field of cytokine biology, impacting all aspects of medicine and leading to new treatments in autoimmune diseases, cancer, infectious diseases and inflammation. A common ground where scientists interested in all aspect of cytokine biology can join and work together to better human health.

The role of and effect of cytokines in every aspect of human health will continue to be identified and characterized and the use of cytokines themselves or antibodies to cytokines will become even more important tools in the arsenal of clinicians. Thus, the importance of the ICIS as a focal point for cytokine research will only continue to grow. Tadatsugu Taniguchi – Past President (2017-2019)

It is a  major goal of the ICIS to facilitate interactions between young investigators and trainees with established researchers in the interferon and cytokine field. Outstanding junior investigators, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate/medical students are encouraged to participate in the Annual Scientific meeting through the presentation of prestigious travel awards dedicated to young researchers.

A Family of Cytokine Biologists

Become a part of the world-wide community of scientists devoted to research in the fields of cytokine, interferon, and chemokine biology by joining the International Cytokine & Interferon Society. Join others in this large field to exchange information and ideas, strengthen interdisciplinary ties, and build international collaborations. The Society serves as a network to facilitate research communication and strengthen links between academic, government and industry scientists to advance the therapeutic use of and targeting of cytokines, their commercialization and the success of biological response modifiers.


The mission shall be to:

  • to promote original research in the fields of cytokines, interferons, chemokines, growth factors and their receptors;
  • to facilitate communication and interaction between scientists aimed at the multidisciplinary integration of current basic and clinical knowledge and concepts in these areas of research;
  • to facilitate interactions between young investigators and trainees with established researchers in the interferon and cytokine field;
  • to promote the dissemination of information on, and applications of knowledge of theses areas of biomedical research;
  • to promote an awareness with educational programs of the national and international health communities of the importance of these areas of biomedical research.

To achieve these goals, the Society will sponsor meetings, publications and other educational activities.

2019 ICIS Distinguished Service Award: Bryan Williams

Bryan R. G. Williams, PhD, Hon. FRSNZ, FAA is honored with the 2019 ICIS Distinguished Service award in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the cytokine research community. The 2019 ICIS Distinguished Service Award acknowledges Williams’s commitment to the ICIS and to him being an outstanding ambassador for the Society, in every regard.

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19 – 21 February 2020
Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

The conference will explore and discuss various aspects of the non-specific effects of
vaccines, including their impact on neonates and infants, how generalisable and durable
these effects are, the implications for geriatric and veterinary medicine, and why non-specific effects
should differ between sexes and across the lifespan.

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Looking for Editors – Cytokine

CYTOKINE, an official journal of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society, is looking for two associate editors (one in basic science and one in clinical science). We prefer mid-career (associate professor level) individuals with experience with peer-review.

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Signals+ Volume 7, No. 1

View the latest issue of Signals+

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