Message from President
by Andrew Cant
Dear friends and colleagues,
How quickly 2017 seems to be passing; as a Board we are very much looking forward to our special ESID in Focus Meeting in Edinburgh in September, especially as so many good abstracts centred on the topic of immune dysregulation have been submitted. It looks set to be a great opportunity to share in this with colleagues researching in rheumatology, auto-inflammation and gut and lung disease. As part of the Edinburgh meeting, ERN-RITA (the European Reference Network (ERN) for rare immunodeficiencies, auto-immune and auto-inflammatory diseases) will be launched with open sessions describing plans and programmes, as well as workshops for the different working groups including genetics, clinical guidelines, education and information exchange. These will be built upon the excellent foundation of the work in progress within our constitution societies, very much including ESID. All this effort has the purpose of ensuring that patients with rare immune mediated disease get equal access to the latest knowledge, diagnostic tests and treatment opportunities wherever they live in Europe. The ESID community can be justifiably proud of the role it has played in this initiative, together with our partners such as IPOPI (the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies), PReS (Paediatric Rheumatology European Society) and PRINTO (Paediatric Rheumatology InterNational Trials Organisation).
As ever, the ESID Board have contributed so much in the last few months, not least the Education Committee led by Eleonora Gambineri and the Junior Working Party co-ordinated by Peter Olbrich. By all accounts the Summer School they organised was greatly appreciated by all, and by moving to an annual event many more students can participate. The ever growing on-line educational programme, the visiting fellowships ESID sponsors, and excellent educational activities put together for the ESID Meeting in Edinburgh highlights the great value we place on ESID’s role in education for all of us, but especially the next generation of clinicians and scientists working in our field.
The secretariat has seen changes, many congratulations to Suzanne Wollaert and her husband on the birth of their daughter Luisa who arrived earlier than expected on 17 April! Suzanne is now on maternity leave and we have welcomed Laurie Tufts who has very quickly picked up much of Suzanne’s role and will support us until Suzanne returns in the autumn.
So, I trust each of you will have a restful and enjoyable summer break and come refreshed and enthusiastic for what looks set to be a most stimulating and enjoyable meeting in Edinburgh. I will very much look forward to welcoming you there!
With very best wishes,
Prof. Andrew Cant (ESID President) on behalf of the ESID Board