Dear friends and colleagues,
it is with great pleasure that I invite you to the XIII SIICA national meeting on May 23-26, 2022, at the Federico II Medical School in Napoli, hopefully in presence. The choice of Napoli wants to honor all the outstanding immunologists who have been always working in its national or private institutions. Stefania Loffredo accepted the SIICA Board’s invitation to act as local organizer enthusiastically. Since then, she and her colleagues not only helped to find and obtain the congress venue but are also working side by side with the OIC group (our traditional PCO) to take care of all congress-related issues. Hence, I want to thank Stefania warmly for her support. Napoli is a very attracting locality easy to reach from all Italian cities, whose importance facilitates the participation of as many as possible SIICA members to the national meeting. I recall that it is since 2017 that a national meeting exclusively dedicated to the SIICA members does not take place. Napoli represents the ideal venue to be all together after so many years, and I hope all the members will take such a chance.
Speaking about science, the Scientific Committee has prepared a program covering a large spectrum of immunological-related research, with a roster of internationally renowned Italian scientists as keynote speakers, including Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Luigi Naldini, Giorgio Trinchieri and Ivan Zanoni. Yes, there are no mistakes: only Italian scientists will be invited as official speakers, a decision intentionally taken by the SIICA Board to celebrate Italian immunologists under a more familiar and easy-going event. As usual, other than Keynote Lectures, the program includes Symposia, Joint Symposia (with NIBIT and SIAAIC) and many Workshops. Needless to say that, given its still current importance, a significant part of the meeting will focus on the latest developments regarding immune responses to SARS-CoV2 and COVID-19. Furthermore, in order to give young scientists ample possibilities to present their data, we have planned two Poster Sessions in prime time, as well as the selection of dozens of abstracts for oral presentations, scheduled not only in Workshops but also in main Symposia. For these same reasons, a relevant number of travel grants will be awarded to young members. Finally, during the meeting several initiatives on which the SIICA Board and the Junior Faculty are currently working will be outlined, including the presentation of various committees and scientific interest groups.
I very much look forward to welcoming you in person, next May, in Napoli.
Marco A. Cassatella