It is the first time the congress is being hosted in Africa and the Cape will welcome 6 000 delegates who are expected to bring a bounty of knowledge to the province.
The field of immunology delivers advances in basic and clinical research that affect the lives of billions worldwide. Vaccines save lives, especially among children, and anti-inflammatory drugs improve the quality of life of countless autoimmune disease patients. The field is driving breakthroughs that promise to revolutionise vaccines, treatments for cancer, autoimmunity, allergy and immune deficiencies, and to improve the outcomes of transplantation.
Led by South African Immunology Society (SAIS) President and Professor of Immunology at UCT, Clive Gray and Federation of African Immunology Societies (FAIS) Secretary General Faith Osier (based at KEMRI-Welcome Trust in Kilifi, Kenya) , Cape Town’s hosting bid beat other major competing cities: London, Paris, Toronto and Mexico City. IUIS President Prof. Mantovani is sure that “hosting” IUIS2022 in Cape Town will bring together the best of immunology worldwide from basic science to translation, tackling global problems, ranging from veterinary health to human cancer, infection and degenerative diseases.”
“Our task will be to build a pre-conference legacy over the next six years by galvanizing the best minds on the continent and growing new minds to become part of the global immunology community.”
“In 2022, we want to bring the world’s best and most exciting immunologists to Cape Town and task them to put their minds to the infectious disease burden in Africa and translate immunology to Human health,” co-Chair Prof. Clive Gray. CTICC Chief Executive Officer Julie-May Ellingson says that it is an honour to host such a high-calibre medical conference.
“The healthcare and medical sectors are well-represented in our forward book which reflects Cape Town’s growing profile as an academic and research hub. We look forward to working with the local organising committee to create a meaningful and exceptional event.”