The Congress Steering Committee is responsible for the management, organization, and administration of the IUIS 2022 Congress.
Congress President: Clive Gray
Clive Gray is Professor of Immunology and Chair, Division of Immunology in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town. He is also visiting professor in the Department of Immunology, Duke University. He is vice-chair of the IUIS Education Committee and Secretary General of the Federation of African Immunology Societies. He has worked in HIV immunology for over twenty years and is passionate about building immunology capacity in Africa. He is director of the Immunopaedia Foundation and runs the award winning on-line immunology education and teaching immunopaedia platform. He has trained in excess of 500 students around Africa over the past 10 years.
Congress Vice President: Henry Mwandumba
Henry Mwandumba is Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Malawi College of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) in Blantyre, Malawi. His research focuses on understanding the effects of HIV-1 infection on lung immunity and predisposition to respiratory infections, particularly tuberculosis. He is President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS) and was awarded the 2019 Royal Society Africa Prize.
Congress Vice President: Rita Carsetti
Rita Carsetti is the Head of the Diagnostic Immunology Unit and of the B cell pathophysiology Research Unit of the Bambino Gesù Children Hospital IRCCS in Rome. She has spent a large part of her scientific career in Germany, at the Max-Planck for Immunobiology in Freiburg. Thanks to the long experience in basic research combined with the clinical involvement, she has contributed to the understanding of important basic mechanisms of human B cell biology and function in health and disease. In the last years, she has been involved in several projects related to the development of the immune system in children and adults and the changes due to different types of immunodeficiency. She is also involved in increasing the knowledge and public awareness on vaccines and vaccination and collaborates with patient associations. She is a founding member of the European B cell network and is the chair of the PUB committee of the IUIS.
IUIS President: Faith Osier
Faith Osier is President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), an Official #TOGETHERBAND Ambassador for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being and a 2018 TED Fellow. She has won multiple international prizes for her research in understanding the mechanisms of immunity against Plasmodium falciparum in man. She aims to translate this knowledge into highly effective vaccines against malaria. She is Visiting Professor of Malaria Immunology in the Nuffield Dept of Medicine, Oxford University, holds the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander Humboldt Foundation and an EDCTP Senior Fellowship. In 2014, she won the Royal Society Pfizer Prize, UK. She holds major research grants from the Wellcome Trust and is an MRC/DfID African Research Leader. She is passionate about capacity building and the training of African scientists to deliver the interventions needed on the continent.
Scientific Programme Committee Chair: Mark Davis
Mark M. Davis is the Director of the Stanford Institute for Immunology, Transplantation and Infection (ITI), a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Davis is well known for identifying many of the T-cell receptor genes, which are responsible for the ability of these cells to recognize a diverse repertoire of antigens. Other work in his laboratory pioneered studies of the biochemistry, genetics and cell biology of these molecules and T lymphocytes generally, which play a key role in orchestrating immune responses. His current research focuses on obtaining a “systems level” understanding of the human immune system. This has involved the steady state and vaccine responses of old and young subjects, as well as a recent study of twins, which concluded the variation in most immune system parameters is not driven by inherited variation, but rather by environmental factors.
Congress Patron: Siamon Gordon
Siamon Gordon was born in Cape Town and studied medicine at the University of Cape Town. He is known for his work on the phenotypic and functional diversity of macrophages.After his doctorate in the laboratory of Zanvil Cohn at Rockefeller University, he moved to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford in 1976 where his group identified the pan-macrophage marker F4/80 and the lectin, Dectin-1. He initiated an AIDS education project in South Africa through a cartoon book aimed at 12-year olds.He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007 and explores macrophage history through Elie Metchnikoff.