WELCOME SBI 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of the Brazilian Society for Immunology (SBI) we are pleased and honored to invite you to our XXXIX Annual Congress during October 18 to 22 of 2014. We are delighted to have among us several worldwide leaders in Immunology and related areas, who were kind enough to spare some of their time to present us their most recent data and personal views.
The scientific program will follow excellences of topics and guest speakers, which is already a tradition in SBI meetings, valuing expertise as well as offering opportunities to young scientists. The format of the meeting includes six Keynote Conferences, twelve Main Conferences, nine Symposiums, eight Express Presentation Sessions with a total of 40 oral communications by students, post-docs and young investigators selected from submitted abstracts, and three Poster Sessions.
In addition, we will put together the VII Extra Section of Clinical Immunology (ESCI), with the goal of assembling a group of specialists from both clinical and basic science that will discuss different aspects on translational Immunology, including immunity to infections and host defenses, immunoregulation in experimental and human disease, vaccines and allergy, among other topics. Further, an introductory Immunology course just before the SBI meeting will complement the scientific program.
This year, together with the already well known awards given by SBI, including the Thereza Kipnis Award, the BD Bioscience Investigator Award and the prizes for best posters in all categories, the SBI will introduce a new award SBI Lifetime Achievements in Immunology. This award will be the highest honor granted by the Brazilian Society of Immunology, recognizing a deserving SBI member for a career of scientific achievement in Immunology, commitment to mentoring, and for contributions to SBI and Brazilian Immunology. This award will be presented every other year during the general meeting of SBI and the award will be subject to nomination by an independent committee indicated by the SBI board of directors.
Finally, the meeting will be held in Armação dos Búzios, often referred to as just Búzios, a charming and stylish town located in a peninsula at the sea coast in the Rio de Janeiro State with 8 kilometers in extension featuring 23 beaches. Búzios became a global spotlight after the visit of Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s, a famous French actress. Although Búzios turned one of the most popular getaway from a worldwide tourist site, the city continues to offers a calmness, direct contact with nature and breathtaking views.
We are assured that we will have an excellent Congress in 2014! We will be waiting for you and welcome to Búzios!
The organizing committee,
João P.B. Viola (President)
Marcelo T. Bozza
Marcela F. Lopes
Dumith Chequer Bou-Habib