Day of Immunology April 29th, 2017

April 29th, 2017 Day of Immunology!

This initiative of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) happens for the thirteenth time this year!

This year´s topic is “50 years of IgE”

Our immune system comprises a multitude of different components and is amazingly well organized.  A myriad of cells and molecules work together in close coordination. Every day the immune system is busy protecting us from pathogens and diseases. Often, we do not even notice that it is at work. Its enormous importance for our health and well-being is reflected by the fact that a failure or a hypersensitivity reaction of the immune system result in severe disorders.

The day of immunology shall make everybody aware of the high relevance of the immune system.

Everybody should be interested in a good working immune system! How can we support the immune system, e.g. by vaccinations? How can we prevent dysfunctions of the immune system? How can a misdirected immune response be restored?

Intense research work has contributed to a better understanding of the immune system. Based on these insights, today some diseases can be successfully treated and even prevented. Still, a lot of questions about the reactions and functionality of the immune system remain unanswered. The day of immunology shall disclose previous achievements of immunological research and draw attention to fields where more research has to be done!

This year´s major focus is on the discovery of immunoglobulin (Ig)E 50 years ago which has markedly contributed to the understanding of allergic diseases. IgE-mediated allergies are the most prevalent hypersensitivity reactions of the immune system.

One major task of the Austrian Society for Allergology and Immunology is informing the general public about the latest research news and their implementation in daily life. In addition, the ÖGAI serves as a platform for intensive scientific exchange. Another important mission is the support of young members with grants and awards. 

See also Events and information of the Medical University of Vienna

See also Newspaper article about "Allergenen auf der Spur" (in german only)


Wir thank the supporting members: