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PLEASE NOTE:  Deadline for application is 15 AUGUST, 2016

See detailed programme below

The EFIS - EJI Ruggero Ceppellini Advanced School of Immunology

La Scuola Superiore d'Immunologia Ruggero Ceppellini

Presents an Advanced EFIS-EJI Course:


The Scuola Superiore d'Immunologia Ruggero Ceppellini (Ruggero Ceppellini Advanced School of Immunology) was founded 25 years ago to create a pole of attraction in Southern Italy for those pursuing immunological studies, and to promote interaction among the scientific and medical communities at the national and international levels.

In recent years, the School has been regularly sponsored by EFIS (European Federation of Immunological Societies) and its journal EJI

(European Journal of Immunology).

This website contains full information, history, structure, past courses, etc.


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The 2016 Advanced EFIS-EJI course :


Metchnikoff’s Legacy:  Tissue Phagocytes and Functions


Directors:  Siamon Gordon (University of Oxford, UK)

Stefan Kaufmann (Max Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany)

Fernando Martinez Estrada (University of Oxford, UK)


Stazione Zoologica "Anton Dohrn", Naples, Italy


12 – 14 October, 2016

Elie Metchnikoff – who died 100 years ago – discovered “macrophages” in Messina, Sicily, then studied them at his friend Anton Dohrn’s laboratory in Naples.  The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn was founded in 1872 as the first European zoological station which housed an aquarium.  It is indeed a fitting venue for our 2016 course.

Organizing Committee: S. Fontana, A. Di Giacomo, T. Reynolds


Scientific Programme



Wednesday, 12 October 2016

08:00  – 08.45 Registration

08.50  –  09.0008.50  –  09.00 Silvia Fontana-Zappacosta (Naples) Welcome and History of the Ceppellini School


09.00 –  10.1509.00 –  10.15 Round Table Discussion “What do we owe to the history of our subject?”

Chair: Siamon Gordon Introduction to the Programme and Elie Metchnikoff

Discussants: Stefan Kaufmann (Paul Ehrlich), Gio Teti (Elie Metchnikoff) and SZN Anton Dohrn representative

10.15 -- 10.45 Coffee Break

10.45 – 12.00   Florent Ginhoux (Singapore)  Development of Macrophages

with Andrea Ballabio (TIGEM, Naples), discussant

12.00  – 13.00 Ela Kolaczkowska (Cracow)  Phagocyte Imaging and Recruitment

13.00 – 14.00    Light lunch, informal discussions

14.00  – 15.00    Kodi Ravichandran (Virginia)  Promoting Apoptotic Cell Clearance

15.00  – 16.00   Katja Simon (Oxford)  Autophagy and Infection

16.00  – 16.30 Coffee Break

16.30  – 17.30   Gio Teti (Messina)  Phagocytes and Innate Immunity

17.30  – 18.30        Cecilia Garlanda (Milan) Regulation of Inflammation



Thursday, 13 October 2016

08.30  – 09.30   Stefan Kaufmann (Berlin)  Phagocytes in Tuberculosis

09.30  – 10.30   Eddie Liew (Glasgow) Phagocytes in Parasitic Infection

10.30  – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00  – 12.00   Quentin Sattentau (Oxford) Macrophages and HIV

12.00  –  13.00  Branka Horvat (Lyon)  Macrophages and Emerging Viral Infections

13:00 14:00             Light lunch, informal discussions

14.00  –  15.00  Miguel Soares (Gulbenkian Institute, Oeiras, Portugal)  Iron Homeostasis and Phagocytes

15.00  – 16.00        Fernando Martinez Estrada (Oxford)  Macrophage Activation

16.00  – 17.00        Gio Natoli (Milan)  Epigenetic Control of Macrophage Gene Expression

17.00  – 19.00   Highlights of Participants’ research projects


Friday, 14 October 2016

08.30  – 09.30   Maria Rescigno (Milan) Dendritic Cells and the Gut

09.30  – 10.30   Diego Gomez-Nicola (Southampton) Microglia, Guardians of the Brain

10.30 11.00 Group Photo and Coffee Break

11.00  – 12.00   Vincenzo Bronte (Verona)  Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells

12.00  – 12.30   Siamon Gordon (Oxford)  Closing Remarks

12:30 13:30  Light lunch, informal discussions

APPLICATION FORM (PDF format) - (Word format)

Organizing Secretariat: effe erre congressi srl,  e-mail:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


PLEASE NOTE:  Deadline for application is 15 AUGUST, 2016.


The Registration Fee of €550,00 includes: all course material, lunches, coffee breaks, welcome buffet, and a guided tour of an archeological site.  A limited number of partial or full EFIS fellowships is available, with preference given to applicants from developing countries living in Europe.    If you apply for a fellowship you will be informed by 22 August, 2016.  Registration fee must be paid before 31 August, 2016 .


The Course takes place in memory and in honour of the Ceppellini School Founder Serafino Zappacosta.

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