Christmas Studies in Allergology and Immunology

January 12-13, 2017 many professionals in medicine and biology from molecular and cell biologists to allergists and immunologists met each other in Lviv, Ukraine to participate in International Conference “Christmas Studies in Allergology and Immunology: scientific and practical aspects” organized by Ukrainian INUNIMAI Coordinator Prof. Valentyna Chopyak (Med. Sci.). In addition to Ukrainian specialists, clinicians from Poland, Austria, Germany and USA have also visited this event. Lviv authorities and religion leaders have also participated in the Opening ceremony of the Conference (January 12, 2017) enhancing the importance of the aspects to be discussed at the conference for the public health.
At the Opening Ceremony Prof. Chopyak gave a talk about the role of Danylo Halytsky National Medical University in the formation of the Ukrainian allergological school. Opening Ceremony ended by the musical surprise from the Organizing committee – conference participants enjoyed Ukrainian Christmas songs and the new classics – Leonard Cohen’s song “Halleluyah” performed with pandoras and violin.

Prof. Valentyna Chopiak and Prof. Igor Kaydashev

The second day of the Conference has started with plenary lectures of leading Ukrainian and European molecular and cell biologists, allergists and immunologists who have presented latest research and clinical results and have discussed modern trends and perspectives in diagnosis and therapy of allergy and autoimmune diseases. Plenary lectures have been started by the talk of Prof. Igor Kaidyshev about famous Ukrainian immunologists and allergists and their impact on world medical science.

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Professor Martin Herman from the University of Erlangen (Germany) devoted his talk to the role of post-translational modifications of immune proteins and his colleagues – Dr. Luis Munos and Dr. Marcus Hoffman – talked about autoantibodies against secondary necrotic cells and inflammatory memory in arthritis.

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Dr. Denys Kolybo (Palladin Institute of Biochemistry NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine) has shed the light on the development of eatable vaccines and their possible use in allergology and immunology whereas Prof. Rostyslav Stoyka (Institute of the Biology of the Cell, Lviv, Ukraine) talked about the importance and multiple roles of antioxidants in physiological processes and pathologies.

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Prof. Valentyna Chopiak told about the use of microRNAs as the markers of different autoimmune diseases, which undoubtedly is the new and promising approach of applied molecular biology. Speaking generally, the plenary part of the Conference demonstrated high research level of speakers as well as the importance of obtained results for the modern biology and medicine.

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After the lunch conference has been continued by the format of allergology, rheumatology, infectology and reproductology sections. We have visited Allergology section to get new information about novel approaches and advances in allergy research, diagnosis and therapy. Section have been started by the talk of Prof. Victoria Garib (Medical University of Vienna, Austria), Vice President of INUNIMAI, about distribution of panallergens and their role in the development of allergy. Dr. Havier Alkover (Madrid, Spain) shared the information about the progress in bacterial and mold personalized immune therapy and Prof. Ralf Morges (Cologne, Germany) told about novel approaches in the therapy of allergic rhinitis and hives.

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Section appeared to be extremely rich in talks covered virtually all possible aspects in diagnosis and therapy of respiratory, food and medical allergy including regional distribution of allergic diseases. Growing interest of clinicians to the molecular mechanisms of allergic reactions is especially worth to be mentioned: it is well known that allergy manifestations are often caused by the allergen structure. Therefore, the more molecular data about allergens we know and use in routine practice, the clearer clinical history of each patient will be.
It is also worth to note that several talks and posters have been made under the auspice of INUNIMAI and Ukrainian School of Molecular Allergy and Immunology (USMAI) – INUNIMAI affiliated institution in Ukraine. Presented data have raised genuine interest of professionals keen in trends of molecular allergology.

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To sum up, there were lot of extremely educational and useful scientific and applied talks in addition to the brilliant organization of the conference. We are highly confident that the majority of this knowledge will be the basis of fruitful scientific discussion and development of new approaches for better understanding of the nature of allergic and immune diseases as well as for their diagnosis, therapy and prophylaxis. Some of them might be probable presented in next “Christmas Studies”at the beginning of 2018.