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CHIN Spotlight

Dr. Deborah Burshtyn

Dr. Deborah Burshtyn
Formed in September 2012, the uAlberta CHIN node provides a new umbrella for researchers studying human immunology in various Institutes and Centres ... read more

CHIN Talk   News & Events

Nine cities, Nine events, One theme:
Human Immunology

What do vaccines, allergies and diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis have in common?  The answer is a key role for our immune system.  This collection of cells and tissues in our bodies not only protect us from infection but also can, under certain circumstances, cause disease.  How the human immune system works in health and in disease is the focus of Human Immunology.   In celebration of the International Day of Immunology, Monday, April 29, 2013, the CIHR Human Immunology Network (CHIN) is hosting Café Scientifique events from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in nine cities across Canada.  CHIN is a resource network that facilitates, promotes and enhances research about the human immune system, and its translation into clinical care and public policy.

These events will be free to the public and will feature national leaders in the field of Immunology.  Each Café will provide an informal setting for learning and discussion about timely topics concerning our health featuring three to four researchers and/or clinicians who are experts in these topics.  Depending on the location these could include: arthritis, vaccines, organ transplantation, allergies and immunotherapies for cancer.     

 "Knowledge dissemination and community outreach are critical to the mission of the Canadian CIHR Human Immunology Network. These Café Scientifiques on Human Immunology, from coast to coast, are a reflection of how clinicians, researchers and the community at large can discuss advances in Human Immunology and how these advances improve our quality of life,” says Joaquin Madrenas, CHIN Executive Director.  “It is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the immune system and to realize the enormous value of investing in health research."


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As a result of a partnership between Cell Press (Elsevier) and the CIHR Human Immunology, we are proud to announce the celebration of an International Symposium on Human Immunity and the Microbiome in Health and Disease coming up in September 27-29, 2015.

Canadian Human Immunophenotyping Symposium
September 25, 2015
Montreal, QC

CSI Annual Meeting
June 4-7, 2015
Winnipeg, MC

FOCIS 2015
June 24-27, 2015
San Diego, CA

Allergy & Clinical Immunology Update 2015
October 17, 2015
Vancouver, BC


The problems and promises of research into human immunology and autoimmune disease.
Bart O Roep, Jane Buckner, Stephen Sawcer, Rene Toes & Frauke Zipp

Standardizing immunophenotyping for the Human Immunology Project.
Maecker HT, McCoy JP, Nussenblatt R. Nat Rev Immunol. 2012 Feb 17; 12(3):191-200. Epub 2012 Feb 17.