Aegli Zappeiou, Athens, Greece, Athens
Achievements in Science and Medicine provide new knowledge, patients educate us and children fill us with energy, strength, attitude and hope to move on, despite the difficulties. The field of Immunology is evolving rapidly, understanding immunopathogenetic mechanisms, deploying new diagnostic methods, identifying diseases and developing new therapies. Only recently, the updated list of PIDs (referred to as “Inborn Errors of Immunity”) was published including 354 distinctive disorders with 344 different genetic defects. More and more, it is perceived how complex and pivotal our immune system is for our psychosomatic health, and how important it is to understand it in order to select the precise therapy. In this year’s Symposium, we focus on the early diagnosis and identification of PID in infants, children and adults, on the importance of genetics, on therapeutic management, on the significance of immunology and its close relation to multiple diseases of related specialities as well as to medicine as a whole. At the same time, we seek to achieve the community’s participation and the appropriate healthcare policies regarding Immunology and more specifically Primary Immunodeficiencies with a view to the quality of life of the patients and their families.