Recent findings on innate and adaptive immunity

Circe Mesa, Yraldo Bello, Celia Fernández-Ortega
2004 The 12 th International Congress of Immunology and the 4 th Annual Conference of FOCIS   unpublished
on topics such as stem cell and bone marrow trans-plantation, vaccines, infectious and autoimmune diseases , tumor biology and others. Important subjects of basic immunology were also discussed in order to link the knowledge on the immune system with the achievement of better treatments for many diseases. The studies of dendritic cell (DC) biology, their function and key role on the immune system regulation were some of the basic research areas discussed in the meeting. These subjects were not
more » ... nly programmed in specific oral and poster sessions but were also brought up in most of the talks, refering to the role of dendritic cells as the initiators of the immune responses elicited in many diseases including HIV infection. The meeting was huge; every participant was physically able to attend up to 15% of the major-symposiums and only 4% of the micro-symposiums. Therefore, this report will cover only a few conferences regarding innate immunity, antigen processing and presentation by DC, their role on regulating immune responses, and immunotherapy and immuno-pathology of HIV.