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PID Care & Development Newsletter - March 2014

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This year, 2014, is a very special year for our PIDCD WP. These days we concentrate on upcoming 100th J project meeting organized in Anatolya, Turkey. This event reflects a decade of hard work, aiming at promoting science and knowledge on PIDs especially in Central and Eastern European countries with historically limited access to information and possibilities in PID field. Tremendous effort of a lot of people, with special enthusiasm and leadership of Laszlo Marodi, fist chair of our WP in 2006-2010, now culminates in 100th J project. It is the first truly international meeting, unifying East and West, with balanced participation of scientists form Eastern and Western European countries, presenting their results. We are very much looking forward to this special anniversary and we hope for a very successful event, memorable for both Eastern and Western countries. In some way we consider 100th J project a breakthrough and a reached milestone of our work. We´ll also use the occasion of 100th J project to further foster international cooperation, to even strengthen cooperation with patient´s organizations and with nursing groups.

The second event with major importance is ESID2014 in Prague, symbolically taking part in the same year as 100th J project. We believe that we might proclaim 2014 a year when an original mission of our working party: to increase awareness about primary immunodeficiences in all European countries and to improve diagnostic and therapy for patient with primary immunodeficiencies in countries with less accessible care, was completed in its first introductory stage.  We hope that in the future such artificial East-West division would not apply in our scientific community.

Sadly, I´m writing these paragraphs in the time of crisis in Ukraine, paradoxically again dividing European countries. It is our hope that scientific efforts of past decade would allow further development in these countries, despite unfortunate external circumstances.

Anna Sediva