Message from the President

Dear friends and colleagues!

We are happy to welcome you to the IEIIS. IEIIS is the International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society, with members interested in broad aspects of innate immunity; synthesis, structure and function of endotoxins and other microbial or endogenous ligands; signaling; interface between innate and adaptive immunity; infections and other diseases affecting innate immunity; and many other topics. Here at the web site you will find information about the society, ability to join or re-join, contact information for officers, councilors and other people in key positions, information about upcoming events and meetings, awards, and more. If you have any input, please contact web coordinator Holger Heine.

Over the last 20-30 years innate immunity has gone through a revolution, with an ever-expanding map of components involved in recognition of microbes and ligands, and more knowledge about specific interactions between host and microbe. To me, it feels like the field is still going forward full force. Hence, it should be plenty of interest in the core knowledge that members of the society harbor, and plenty of reasons to be a member! For 2017, we have several local/satellite events coming up with IEIIS involvement, and a new membership fee structure with 2-year memberships at a discounted price. We have already started planning the 2018 meeting, which will be held joint together with the Society for Leukocyte Biology (SLB), similar to the meetings in 2006, 2010 and 2014. The site (Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass) is close to Phoenix, Arizona, in a unique US southwestern desert setting, and the meeting will be October 13-16, 2018. SAVE THE DATES!

We are starting a membership drive to increase membership numbers. This will be coordinated with the help of our new membership chair, Tim Sellati. There are many advantages with membership – ability to join interesting meetings and present your research, you will get a useful net of contacts, you can get advice on career choices and experiments, publish in the great journal Innate Immunity (http://ini.sagepub.com/), and more. This is a good opportunity for you and your friends to become or stay affiliated with the society!

Also, thanks a lot to Otto Holst, past president 2014-2016 and editor-in-chief of InI; our treasurer Amy Hise; other councilors, officers and key persons; including our administrative assistant, Nancy Pollman, for all the work benefiting IEIIS.

If you have any comments or ideas with regard to the society, please contact me at egil.lien@umassmed.edu.

Best regards, Egil Lien (IEIIS president 2016-18)