September 7 – 10, 2008, Belgrade

Inflammation at the Interface of Innate and Acquired Immunity



Having in mind heterogeneity of the participants at this meeting and in order to facilitate informal contacts between students and faculty, we provide full addresses, picture and short biosketches of the invited speakers.  More information including references may be found on the Conference Website as well as at the institutional or personal websites of the speakers.

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                 Dr Vera Pravica

Research Associate Professor
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1965 Zonal Avenue, CA 90033

Dr Pravica obtained her MD and PhD degree from the University of Belgrade and was appointed Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Microbiology/Immunology. Before moving to USA she held position of Senior Research and Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Her research interest is immunogenetic and immunopharmacogenomics of transplantation reactions and chronic inflammation.


                 Professor Sergio Romagnani

Professor and Head of Clinical Immunology
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Florence,
Viale Morgagni, 85 Firenze 50134, Italy.
Tel 055-413663055-4296404, Fax 055-412867

Sergio Romagnani is Professor of Internal Medicine and Head of the Section of Clinical Immunology, Allergy and respiratory Diseases of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Florence (Italy). In 1995, he was identified among the first 25 authors (the only European) in Immunology over the period 1990-94 (Science Watch 6: 1-2 May, 1995; Current Contents 38: 3-6, 1995), the first in the field of Human Immunology. He has been the most quoted Italian scientist between 1995 and 1998 and has recently been included by the Institute of Scientific Information among the “Highly Cited Researchers” in the field of Immunology for the last twenty years. Professor Romagnani is Past President of EFIS.


                 Ljiljana Sofronic-Milosavljevic, MD, PhD

Professor of Research,
Head of Department for Immunology and
Institute for the Application of Nuclear Energy "INEP'',
University of Belgrade,
Banatska 31 b, 11080 Belgrade, Serbia

MD and PhD degree from University of Belgrade and postdoctoral training at the UMR BIPAR, INRA-AFSSA-ENVA, Biologie Moléculaire et Immunologie Parasitaires et Fogiques, Masions Alfort, France. Focus of interest - complex immunoregulatory mechanisms in host-parasite system. Current President of Immunological Society of Serbia.


                 Professor Hannes Stockinger

Chairman, Department of Molecular Immunology
Medical University of Vienna
Treasurer of the European Federation of Immunological Societies
Lazarettgasse 19, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
Phone:+43-1-40160-33001/Fax: +43-1-40160-933002

Johannes Stockinger, studied biotechnology at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences. Following his doctorate at the Institute for Immunology (then still Vienna University) and at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Stockinger started work at the Institute for Immunology in 1985, where he habilitated in 1991. He has headed the Department for Molecular Immunology there since 1989. His research contributes to the understanding of signal transmission mechanisms of specific receptor proteins and the connected discovery of the so-called “lipid rafts”.


                 Professor Miodrag Stojkovic

Professor of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kragujevac
Deputy Director and Head of Regenerative Medicine,
Prince Felipe Research Centre,
Valencia, Spain

Miodrag Stojkovic completed studying Veterinary Medicine in 1990 at the University of Belgrade, In 1993, he received his doctorate degrees from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. In 2002, he moved to UK and joined the team at the Medical School of University of Newcastle where he was appointed as a Chair in Embryology and Stem Cell Biology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Stem Cell Biology & Developmental Genetics. In 2006, he joined Prince Felipe Research Centre in Valencia, Spain where he is working as a Deputy Director and Head of Cellular Reprogramming. He is Editor in Chief of the journal “Stem Cells”.


                Professor Chavdar Vassilev

Head, Department of Immunology
Stefan Angelov Institute of Microbiology,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
26, Acad. G.Bonchev St., 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone:+359 2 979 6348; Fax: +359 2 870 0109

Dr Vassilev is working on the immunopathology and immunotherapy of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Dr Vassilev has received his M.D. degree from Sofia Medical School and his Ph.D. degree in Immunology from the Medical Academy in Sofia. He has held previously research positions in the Max Planck-Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg, Germany, The French National Institute for Medical Research and in Princeton University, USA.


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Supported by Medical Faculty University of Kragujevac