Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating disease with a high mortality. Patients often need the immunotherapeutic effect of an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) to be cured. We have demonstrated that AML patients who are cured after allogeneic HCT develop AML-specific antibody responses. Some of these antibodies with broad reactivity against AML cells of patients have the potential to be further developed into therapeutic antibodies.
This year, six scientists receive the highest awards in Dutch science, the Spinoza Prize or the Stevin Prize. The researchers receive the award for their excellent, pioneering and inspiring work. While the Spinoza Prize focuses on scientific work and fundamental issues, the Stevin Prize primarily honors the social impact. The laureates will each receive 2.5 million euros. Sjaak Neefjes and Ton Schumacher are two of the awarded scientists.
On the 19th of May 2020, our dear colleague and friend Professor Dr. Huib Ovaa passed away at the age of 46. In the past year, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Huib underwent a variety of treatments. Always with his usual optimism. He continued to work as much as possible and tried to keep the burden of his fight against cancer away from the people around him.
We had been looking forward very much to meeting all of you at our next ICI Conference. Due to multiple cancellations, including some from speakers, and due to the expectation that more cancellations will follow due to the Corona Virus outbreak, we unfortunately have to cancel the upcoming 6th ICI Conference. We regret this decision very much. We will inform you within the next few weeks if the Conference will be held at a later date this year.
With kind regards,
The organizers of the 6th ICI Conference
Are you looking for a PhD position or postdoctoral position in molecular immunology? Do you have an interest in innate immune mechanisms? Then join our research group at the Department of Immunohematology & Blood transfusion.
A PhD training position on cancer immunotherapy and chemical tumor cell targeting is immediately available in the laboratory of Peter Friedl, MD, PhD, in the Department of Cell Biology, Radboud Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
ICI member Prof. Huib Ovaa has been awarded the Bessel award or the “Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Forschungspreis” from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
This award has been granted in recognition of past accomplishments in research and teaching.
Executive Board member Prof. Carl Figdor has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant of € 2.5 million.
Chemist Mario van der Stelt was appointed Professor of Molecular Physiology at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry with effect from 1 November 2017. On Friday October 19th 2018 he gave his inaugural lecture entitled Body's own marijuana: inspiration for drug research.
The full lecture (in Dutch) can be found here.
Prof. Hidde Ploegh has been appointed professor Chemical Immunology, in particular biochemistry of the immune system, at the LUMC. He will take on the Jon J. van Rood Chair effective as of September 1st.