Scientific + educational program

EFI conferences known for their excellent scientific and educational program. The upcoming EFI2022 Conference will continue that tradition with a range of different educational and scientific sessions which will address all your learning needs as a professional in the H&I field. Many plenary sessions will be connected to the motto of the 35th EFI Conference, Tolerance, Acceptance and Permissiveness. Below you can browse the full program for the details.

Opening Ceremony



17:30 - 18:00 Welcome Addresses
Eric Spierings, Sebastiaan Heidt, Ann-Margaret Little
18:00 - 18:20 Julia Bodmer Award
Luca Vago
18:20 - 18:30 HLA Award
Steven Marsh
18:30 - 19:00 Ceppellini Lecture
Ann-Margaret Little

Plenary Session: Tolerance in Solid Organ Transplantation

Chairpersons: Frans Claas, Nils Lachmann


08:30 - 09:00 Microbiota and Immunoregulation: a focus on regulatory B Lymphocytes and transplantation
Sophie Brouard
09:00 - 09:30 Regulatory macrophages in solid organ transplantation
James Hutchinson
09:30 - 10:00 The Two study: reducing immunosuppression in renal transplant recipients with the use of Tregs
Fadi Issa


Special Joint Session EBMT and EFI

Chairpersons: Katharina Fleischauer, Harry Dolstra

10:30 - 11:00 Integrated HLA-DPB1 permissiveness models in stem-cell transplantation
Katharina Fleischhauer
11:00 - 11:30 CAR-T cell therapy: allogeneic versus autologous
Benjamin Reuben
11:30 - 12:00 Allogeneic (CAR)NK-cell adoptive transfer
Harry Dolstra


Abstract Sessions

10:30 - 12:00 Abstract Session: Solid Organ Transplantation 1 (O9-O16)
Chairpersons: Gottfried Fischer
10:30 - 12:00 Abstract Session: NK Cells & reproductive Immunology (O17-O24)
Chairpersons: Lotte Wieten, John Trowsdale


Teaching session: Donor-specific HLA Antibodies - What Can Be Accepted?

Chairpersons: Ann-Margaret Little, Malte Ziemann, Stefan Schaub

10:30 - 11:00 Methods for donor HLA antibody detection
Stefan Schaub
11:00 - 11:30 DSA: what is acceptable in stem cell transplantation?
Ann-Margaret Little
11:30 - 12:00 DSA: what is acceptable in solid organ transplantation?
Malte Ziemann


Hands On Teaching Session

10:30 - 12:00 Bioinformatics - Molecular Mismatch Tools in Practice
Chairpersons: Ben Matern, Can Kesmir and Cynthia Kramer
Pre-registration required

Industry Sponsored Symposia

13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: CareDx
13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: GenDx
13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: BAG Diagnostics
13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: Devyser

Special Session: Equality, Diversity and Inclusiveness

Chairperson: Ann-Margaret Little

14:00 - 14:30 Diversity in Science
Antoinette Maassen van den Brink
14:30 - 15:00 Diversity in Transplantation
Alicia Venter
15:00 - 15:30 Diversity in the Federation
Gisela van der Velden


Abstract Sessions

14:00 - 15:30 Abstract Session: Immunotherapy, Gene Therapy and New Technologies (O25-O32)
Chairpersons: Rainer Blasczyk, Neema Mayor
14:00 - 15:30 Abstract Session: Bioinformatics (O33-O40)
Chairpersons: Nicolas Vince, Martin Maiers


Teaching session: Non-HLA Antibodies: How Permissible Are They in Transplant Settings?

Chairpersons: Henny Otten, Maarten Naesens, Stefan Berger

14:00 - 14:30 Non-HLA antibodies: acquirement and detection
Henny Otten
14:30 - 15:00 Clinical relevance for kidney transplantation: are non-HLA antibodies acceptable?
Maarten Naesens
15:00 - 15:30 Permissiveness of non-HLA antibodies in different transplantation settings
Stefan Berger


Meet the Expert Session

14:00 - 15:30 Meet the Experts
Confirmed Experts: Sir Walter Bodmer, Sjaak Neefjes, Steven Marsh

Plenary Session: Big Data - Systems Biology

Chairpersons: Elissaveta Naumova, Ludvig Sollid


16:00 - 16:30 Cell atlas methods to study tissue-resident immunity
Menna Clatworthy
16:30 - 17:00 Human immunology through the lens of evolutionary genetics
Lluis Quintana-Murci
17:00 - 17:30 Computational approaches and air-liquid interface organoids to study immune-mediated human disorders
Vincent van Unen



Moderated Wine and Cheese Poster Session

Chairperson: Kirsten Geneugelijk

17:30 - 20:00  Poster Session
P1 – P50 Solid Organ Transplantation
P51 – P54 Reproductive Immunology
P55 – P58 Immunotherapy and Gene Therapy
P59 – P79 New Technologies
P80 – P89 Bioinformatics
P90 – P115 Stem Cell Transplantation
P116 – P127 NK Cells and KIR
P128 – P160 MHC, Evolution, Anthropology, Population Genetics
P161 – P184 SARS-CoV-2
P185 – P219 Miscellaneous

Plenary Session: Tolerance Through Gene Therapy

Chairpersons: Mats Bengtsson, Antoine Sicard


08:30 - 09:00 Innovative strategies for kidney bioengineering
Ton Rabelink
09:00 - 09:30 Engineering of cells and organs to evade immune detection 
Rainer Blasczyk
09:30 - 10:00 HLA-specific CAR Tregs in organ transplantation - from bench tot bedside
Megan Levings


Special Session Acceptable and Unacceptable Antigens in Solid Organ Transplantation

Chairpersons: Bouke Hepkema, Jean Villard

10:30 - 11:00 Solid phase assays to determine HLA antibodies: pros and cons
Stefan Schaub
11:00 - 11:30 Utility of the virtual crossmatch in kidney transplantation
David Turner
11:30 - 12:00 Modes of identifying acceptable vs non-acceptable mismatches in kidney transplantation
Nils Lachmann


Abstract Sessions

10:30 - 12:00 Abstract Session: Stem Cell Transplantation (O41-O48)
Chairpersons: Laura Bungener, Marco Andreani
11:00 - 11:30 Abstract Session: MHC and Anthropology (O49-O56)
Chairpersons: Natasja de Groot, Jose Manuel De Abreu Nunes


Teaching Session: Tissue-specific Immunity

Chairpersons: Michael Eikmans, Arnold van der Meer

10:30 - 11:00 Mucosal tolerance
Janneke Samsom
11:00 - 11:30 Tolerance in kidney transplantation
Raphael Duivenvoorden
11:30 - 12:00 Tolerance in stem cell transplantation
Femke van Wijk


Industry Sponsored Symposia

13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: Oxford Nanopore Technologies
13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: One Lambda, Inc. A Thermo Fisher Scientific Brand
13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: Omixon
13:00 - 13:45 Industry Sponsored Symposium: Immucor

Abstract Sessions

14:00 - 15:30 Abstract Session: Solid Organ Transplantation 2 (O57-O64)
Chairpersons: Wendy Swelsen, David Turner
14:00 - 15:30 Abstract Session: Abstract Session: SARS-Cov-2 and Miscellaneous (O64-O72)
Chairpersons: Ilias Doxiadis, Jill Hollenbach

Hands On Teaching Session

14:00 - 15:30 Hands on Teaching Session: Permissiveness of DSAs: to Transplant or Not?
Chairpersons: Christine Voorter, Michael Eikmans, Laura Bungener, Arnold van der Meer
Pre-registration required


Teaching Session: Bioinformatics

Chairpersons: Ben Matern

14:00 - 14:30 Developing bio informatics tools in NGS
Gerhard Schöfl
14:30 - 15:00 NGS-based HLA typing in practice
Neema Mayor
15:00 - 15:30 TCR sequencing with NGS
Peter de Greef

Plenary Session: Future Perspectives in Stem Cell Transplantation

Chairpersons: Adriaan van Beek, Luca Vago


16:00 - 16:30 Cell and tissue-specific cellular and molecular mechanisms that influence tolerance vs anti-tumor immunity upon stem cell transplanation    
Ronjon Chakraverty
16:30 - 17:00 HLA-DQA/DQB permissiveness in stem cell transplantation
Effie Petersdorf
17:00 - 17:30 gd-T cells and future perspectives of stem cell transplantation
Jürgen Kuball


17:30 - 19:00 General Assembly

Chairpersons: Ann-Margaret Little

Best Abstract Session

08:30 - 10:00 Best Abstract Session (O1-O8)
Chairpersons: Luca Vago, Sebastiaan Heidt, Eric Spierings

Plenary Session: State of the Art: COVID-19

Chairpersons: Joannis Mytilineos, John Trowsdale

10:00 - 10:30 How the Sars-Cov2 pandemic unfolded
Marc Bonten
10:30 - 11:00 Immunogenetics and COVID-19        
Jill Hollenbach
11:00 - 11:30 Sars-Cov2 peptide presentation and immune response
Juliane Walz

Special Session: Reports From the 18th IHIWS

Chairpersons: Sebastiaan Heidt, Eric Spierings

12:00 - 13:00 tba

Closing Ceremony

Chairpersons: Sebastiaan Heidt, Eric Spierings, Ann-Margaret Little


13:00 - 13:45 Neuromagic
Victor Mids, illusionist and medical doctor
13:45 - 14:00 Jon van Rood Award and Best Abstracts Awards
Committee chair: Steven Marsh
14:00 - 14:15 Best Poster Awards
Committee chair: Kirsten Geneugelijk
14:15 - 14:30 Closing remarks


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