3rd African International Conference on Immunity (AICI)

The third AICI was held on November 3–6, 2018 at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and hosted more than 200 attendees. The main theme of the conference was “Immunity in Infectious Diseases and Allergy.” The meeting focused on conditions of impaired immunity (i.e., AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and opportunistic infections) and excess immunity (i.e., autoimmunity and allergy) with reference to how these conditions interact with each other at molecular, cellular, and clinical levels.

AICI was co-organized by members of the Austrian Society of Allergy and Immunology; Immunology and Allergy Societies in Zimbabwe; and Medical University of Vienna. The keynote lecture was given by Nobel Laureate Harald zur Hausen, entitled “Infections Early in Childhood Linked to Colon and Breast Cancer Several Decades Later.” Medical University of Vienna professors Rudolf Valenta (AAI ’04) and Winfried Pickl (AAI ’08) co-chaired the AICI International Program Committee, and helped select recipients of 20 AAI-sponsored Trainee Abstract Awards for poster and oral presentations.

Trainee Abstract Award recipients at AICI

Original article and copyright AAI Newsletter January/February 2019, page 15-16, www.aai.org