Aim and scope:
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing and single-cell technologies in connection to novel models for analyzing such data are causing a rapid evolution in immunology and immunotherapy, giving rise to a novel understanding of diseases such as autoimmoune diseases. Topics such as Epitope Predictions, Rejection in transplants, Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases are yielding intriguing and complex problems. Our main and special guest lectures will address such a scope focusing on algorithms, models, biomedical and biotechnological techniques together with clinical applications. From the enclosed bibliography, the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.


  • Alberto Mantovani 
    Inflammation and cancer: from gene discovery to data mining
    Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, Humanitas University, Italy
  • Stephen Quake
    Single-cell Technologies and Microbiome Analysis in Immunology
    Stanford University, USA
  • Morten Nielsen 
    Prediction of T-Cell and B-Cell Epitopes
    DTU, Denmark
  • Bjoern Peters 
    Epitope Data Searching, Analysis and Prediction: Infectious Diseases, Allergy,Autoimmunity and Transplant
    La Jolla Institute, USA

Special Seminars

  • Napoleone Ferrara
    Combining Angiogenesis Regulation and Immunotherapy in Cancer
    University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Aleksandra Walczak
    Diversity and predictability in immune repertoires
    Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
  • Alessandro Laganà 
    Precision Medicine for Multiple Myeloma Based on an Integrative Multi-Omics Approach
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Closing lecture and Panel

  • Carlo M. Croce 
    Noncoding RNA genes in cancer pathogenesis
    Ohio State University, USA
  • Søren Brunak
    Disease trajectory based stratification of patients - from populations to individuals
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark


  • Gene Myers 
    3rd Generation DNA Sequencing
    Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Stefania Stefani 
    Resistance and tolerance to infections
    University of Catania, Italy


Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania, Italy)
Carlo M. Croce (Ohio State University, USA)
Søren Brunak (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Steering Committee

Ruggero De Maria (Istituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena, Italy)
Francesco Di Raimondo (University of Catania, Italy)
Rosalba Giugno (University of Verona, Italy)
Lorenzo Malatino (Director of Graduate Studies in "Translational Biomedicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Gene Myers (Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany)
Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, Italy)
Francesco Purrello (Director "Department Clinical and Experimental Medicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Stephen Quake (Stanford University, USA)
Giorgio Stassi (University of Palermo, Italy)
Stefania Stefani (University of Catania, Italy)
Paolo Vigneri (University of Catania, Italy)