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August 13, 1996 AAAAI

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
611 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3889

Contact: Linda Bleimehl
414/272-6071
Fax 414/272-6070
e-mail lbleimehl@aaaai.org



NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH HOSTS A ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM, THE GENES OF PRIMARY IMMUNODEFICIENCY, IN BETHESDA, MARYLAND

MILWAUKEE - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a one-day symposium, The Genes of Primary Immunodeficiency-Windows on the Immune System and Prospects for Gene Therapy, on November 18, 1996, at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, in the Jack Mazur Auditorium Clinical Building.

The program is designed for physicians including internists, pediatricians, family practitioners, researchers, and medical specialists with an interest in the most recent developments in gene therapy and the primary immune deficiency diseases.

The one-day symposium highlights the current status of research and treatment developments with the genes of primary immunodeficiency. A group of distinguished researchers will make presentations designed to be useful for both clinicians and researchers. All presentations will offer a question-and-answer period, and an opportunity to talk with the speakers individually during informal discussions.

After participating in this symposium, participants will be able to identify recent advances in isolation and characterization of genes which cause primary immunodeficiency. They will also be able to identify and understand clinical trials using gene transfer to treat affected individuals, and finally, participants will be able to identify new insights into immunologic function which may lead to new interventions for immunologic diseases such as autoimmune, inflammatory, and allergic diseases.

For registration information, contact the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at 611 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3889; ph: 414/272-6071; fax: 414/272-6070; e-mail healthcost@aaaai.org.

The AAAAI is the largest national medical organization representing allergists, clinical immunologists, and allied health professionals. Established in 1943, the Academy has more than 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and 41 other countries.

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