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Day 1: Saturday, November 10, 2018

9:00 – 10:00
Registration of Participants
10:00 – 11:00
Opening Session with Musical Intermissions
10:00 –10:10
Italian National Anthem – USERN Introductory Clip
10:10 – 10:25
Welcome to Calabria by the Rector of the Università Mediterranea
10:25 – 10:45
Why a Course of the European School of Genetic Medicine in Calabria – Giovanni Romeo (IT)
10:45 – 11:05
USERN Introductory Speech by the Founding President – Nima Rezaei (IR)
11:05– 11:50
Keynote Speech “Science between Rule of Law, Security and Peace”– Marco Lombardo (IT)
11:50 – 12:50
Official Opening of the USERN Prize Festival in 5 Fields of Science
on the occasion of the UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development
12:50 – 13:00
Introduction of USERN 2019 Host
13:00 – 14:10
Buffet Lunch
14:10 – 14:50
Keynote Speech “Genetic Studies in a Sardinian Isolated Population” – Francesco Cucca (IT)
14:50 – 15:10
How Gene Therapy Can Change Life of Sick Kids in the Future? Alessandro Aiuti (IT)
15:10 – 15:30
Multidisciplinary Collaborations Kathleen Sullivan (USA)
15:30 – 15:50
To Drive the Science toward Peace: with or without Humans? Massimo Cappaccioli (IT)
15:50 – 16:10
Talk by USERN Laureate in Formal Sciences – Jacob D Biamonte (USA)
16:10 – 16:30
Talk by USERN Laureate in Physical Sciences – Xavier Moya (UK)
16:30 – 16:50
The Human Connectome – Alex Fornito (AU)
16:50 – 17:10
Talk by USERN Laureate in Medical Sciences – Gian Paolo Fadini (IT)
17:10 – 17:30
Wisdom in an uncertain world- Igor Grossmann (CA)
17:30 – 18:00
Break and Preparation for IFPPP Festival
18:00 – 19:30
Awarding the 12 Prizes of the 4th International Festival of Paintings for Pediatric Patients
19:30 – 20:00
Closing of USERN Festival and UNESCO World Science Day

Day 2: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID): From Bench to Bedside
9:00 – 9:05
Opening of the 4th PID Course – Giovanni Romeo (IT) and Nima Rezaei (IR)
9:05 – 9:30
Introduction to the Genetics of the Calabria Greca – Giovanni Romeo (IT)
9:30 – 10:15
Bench to Bedside Approach to PIDs – Nima Rezaei (IR)
10:15 – 11:00
An Overview of PID Pathogenic Mechanisms in PIDs – Marco Gattorno (IT)
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:15
Newborn Screening for PIDs – Lennart Hammarstrom (SE)
12:15 – 13:00
EBV-Associated PIDs – Kathleen Sullivan (USA)
13:00 – 14:00
Buffet Lunch
14:00 – 14:45
Keynote Speech “The Genetic Architecture of Autism” – Evan Eichler (USA)
14:45 – 15:00
The Possible Link(s) between PIDs and Autism – Cristina Panisi (IT)
15:00 – 15:30
Autism Research at the CNR Institutes of Reggio and Messina- A. Testa and G. Pioggia (IT)
15:30 – 16-00
Question and Answers for the Whole Session
16:00 – 17:30
Posters Vision and PID Clinic 1: with Patients from Calabria Greca

Day 3: Monday, November 12, 2018

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches for PIDs
9:00 – 9:45
Trans-omics – beyond the Genetics of PIDs – Lennart Hammarström (SE)
9:45 – 10:30
New Horizons in Immunophenotyping for PID Diagnosis – Mirjam van der Burg (NL)
10:30 – 11:15
Early onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Kathleen Sullivan (USA)
11:15 – 11:45
Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:30
Primary Antibody Deficiencies: Update on Mechanisms, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics – Vassilios Lougaris (IT)
12:30 – 13:15
Gene Therapy for PIDs – Alessandro Aiuti (IT)
13:15 – 14:00
Immune Reconstitution after HSCT – Eleonora Gambineri (IT)
14:00 – 15:00
Buffet Lunch
15:00 – 15:30
Question and Answers for the Whole Session
15:30 – 17:00
Round Table Discussion on “PID Comorbidities, Genetic Disorders and Vaccines”
(in Italian with the Participation of Local Patients and Families)

Day 4: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Novel Primary Immunodeficiencies
9:00 – 9:45
PID Related to Altered Actin Cytoskeleton Dynamics- Loic Dupré (A)
9:45 – 10:30
Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Diseases – Antonio Condino-Neto (BR)
10:30 – 11:15
Autoimmune Cytopenias as a New Warning Sign of PID – Eleonora Gambineri (IT)
11:15 – 11:45
Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:30
Update on Autoinflammatory Diseases with Immunodeficiencies – Marco Gattorno (IT)
12:30 – 13:15
DNA Repair Failures in the Immune System – Mirjam van der Burg (NL)
13:15 – 13:45
Question and Answers for the Whole Session
Buffet Lunch
14:45 – 17:00
USERN-PID Workshop: NGS Data Analysis – Craig Platt (USA)

Day 5: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Concluding Remarks
9:00 – 9:30
Best Posters Presentations and Awards
9:30 – 11:00
PID Clinic 2: with Patients from Calabria Greca
11:00 – 11:45
Immune Dysregulation: Mechanisms, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics – Craig Platt (USA)
11:45 – 12:00
Closing of the PID course

CME credits (Continuing Medical Education)

The PID Course will have 21 credits of the Italian Ministry of Health for the following professional categories: Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Biologists, Medical laboratory technicians.
Fellowships will be awarded to junior applicants (born after December 31st 1977 – see details under registration). Application deadline for fellowships: September 23, 2018. Abstract Submission is recommended for all junior participants applying for fellowships.
FACULTY (related to the PID course)
Alessandro Aiuti – Milan; Antonio Condino Neto – Sao Paulo; Francesco Cucca – Cagliari; Loic Dupré – Vienna; Evan Eichler – Seattle; Eleonora Gambineri – Florence; Marco Gattorno – Genoa; Lennart Hammarstrom – Stockholm; Vassilios Lougaris – Brescia; Giovanni Pioggia – Messina; Craig Platt – Boston; Nima Rezaei – Tehran; Giovanni Romeo – Reggio Calabria; Kathleen Sullivan – Philadelphia; Mirjam van der Burg – Rotterdam.
Sara Hanaei; Esther N. Oliva; Farzaneh Rahmani; Nima Rezaei; Giovanni Romeo; Alessandra Testa; Giovanni Tripepi.
Tuition and fees: Developing country: Juniors (<40 years old) € 250,00; Seniors € 350,00. Other country: Juniors (<40 years old) € 350,00; Seniors € 450,00
REGISTRATION: www.qol-one.org/usern_landing/
If you need a Schengen visa and your registration has been completed, you will receive a letter of invitation that you have to show to the nearest Italian Consulate. Please note that the Schengen procedure might take several weeks. Apply for an appointment as soon as possible.
Conference Secretariat: Roberta Siclari and Sabrina Vazzana amministrazione@qol-one.org

Additional information

Venue of the Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Salita Melissari, 89124 Reggio Calabria, Italy http://www.unirc.it/en/

10 November, UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development

USERN INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR JUNIOR SCIENTISTS The Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN http://usern.tums.ac.ir/) was inaugurated in 2015 aiming at the diffusion of science without borders through peaceful and humanitarian universal initiatives in the fields of education and research. Its membership includes some of the top 1% scientists from 21 scientific fields as advisory board members who manage and supervise the educational and research programs. There are more than 6,500 additional members from 65 countries. Thirteen Nobel Laureates and 340 top 1% scientists accepted to serve as advisory board members. The USERN prize is made of five international awards, amounting to 5000 $ each, which every year are bestowed upon junior researchers less than 40 years of age for any novel advancement or achievement in scientific education, research, or serving the humanity in five fields, including formal sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. The International Festival for Awarding USERN prizes is held every year on November 10th in the World Science Day for Peace and Development.

4th International Festival of Pediatric Patients’ Paintings (IFPPP)
Children and adolescents with age of less than 18 years old, who were admitted in a hospital during their life, have been cordially invited to attend this festival and submit drawings inspired by their hospital experience. Two hundred selected drawings will be printed in the booklet of the Festival. The best 12 selected authors will be special guests in the Festival for the awards presentations on November 10.


European School of Genetic Medicine: www.eurogene.org
Since 1988 more than 7000 young geneticists, in particular physicians and biologists, have been trained by the European School of Genetic Medicine (ESGM). They come to Italy from everywhere in Europe, from the Southern rim of the Mediterranean sea, from the Middle East and from all over the world. ESGM is recognized and sponsored with scholarships by many Universities across Europe, by the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) and by other scientific societies. ESGM is therefore having a tremendous impact on the practice and research in human/medical genetics far beyond Europe.

Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDs) https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/immunology-and-microbiology/primary-immunodeficiency
PIDs are a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders with defects in one or more components of the immune system. Some of these disorders have a frequency of 10-fold higher the “Calabria Greca” with respect to other parts of Italy. Monogenic PID may provide unique opportunities to uncover the genetic bases and mechanisms of complex autoimmune disorders (AID), the study of which has already helped to unravel the pathways that drive autoimmunity. The PID course organized in conjunction with the annual USERN meeting addresses the need to increase awareness of these conditions worldwide and also to define the resource requirements for diagnosis, genetic counseling and treatment.

Calabria Greca
http://calabriagreca.eu/ https://grecanica.net/ http://www.galareagrecanica.it/ https://grecanica.net/ http://www.galareagrecanica.it/

ISASI: CNR Institute for Research on Autism http://www.messina.isasi.cnr.it/
IFC: Clinical Physiology Institute of CNR: www.ifc.cnr.it/index.php/it/le-sedi-secondarie/reggio-calabria

Bronzi di Riace (Riace’s Warriors) at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria