Cordial Invitation


jointly organized with the





Date: 5 - 7 September 2019


Venue (SSAI Annual Congress, 5 - 6 September 2019)

Palazzo dei Congressi

Piazza Indipendenza 4

6901 Lugano


Venue (Viral Immunology Symposium, 7 September 2019)

Università della Svizzera italiana

Via Buffi 13

6900 Lugano


Online Registration geschlossen

The submission for abstracts is closed.

For further information - please contact:


Convention Team Lucerne AG

Tel. +41 41 371 18 60

Mail: ctlag(a)

Welcome from the SSAI President  

Dear Colleagues,


With great pleasure I welcome you to Lugano, for the SSAI ANNUAL CONGRESS 2019, jointly organized with the VIRAL IMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM.


For many diseases the available treatments remain insufficient, emphasizing the need for improvements. Immune dysregulation is the reason for numerous health disorders. Besides allergies, this applies to states of autoimmune and malignant diseases, immune deficiencies, complications during infections and transplantation, and a good number of further health problems. Fortunately, the steady innovations and advancements in science and medicine are impressive. Many therapies are successful because they correct the underlying immune dysregulation. In addition, diseases can be prevented via immune interventions: vaccinations safeguard us from future infections, and novel immunization approaches can also protect us from harmful molecules of our own body. Thus, medical immune interventions contribute to a better balance of the organisms’ outside and inside.


The organizing and scientific committees of the joint Lugano meeting have made great and fruitful efforts for a rich experience. Our faculty and collaborators volunteered their precious time and talents to design and realize this exciting event. Common plenary and parallel sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics. In addition to the scientific program, I would like to encourage you to participate at the discussions, get-togethers and social events, including the congress dinner that will take place at the wonderful location of the LAC. I wish you lots of opportunities to spend good times among colleagues.


We gather because we share many interests and profit from the substantial input from many members and colleagues. Thanks to their expert contributions, SSAI has reached the today’s high ranked level of importance and recognition, an excellent basis for further developments in the coming years.


The great offerings of this meeting would not be possible without the dedication of our Sponsors and the professional organizers. I highly appreciate the dedication of all contributors, and thank them sincerely.


The congress will certainly promote abundant reflections and hopefully bring much satisfaction from the innovative science and the improved patient care. Let us celebrate the breakthroughs, and dream of a brighter future. Medical progress in our field requires the best minds to discover trailblazing frontiers in science. I know that it cannot be done without you who are the champions of research and medicine in our fields.


I express you my heartfelt thanks, for the significant impact of your hard work, leadership, and support of SSAI’s mission.


I wish you productive and joyful hours in Lugano and beyond.


With best regards




Professor Daniel Speiser

President SSAI 







Welcome from the Local Presidents

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,


We are delighted to invite you to the 2019 Annual Congress of the Swiss Society for Allergology and Immunology (SGAI-SSAI) that will take place on 5 and 6 September 2019 at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano.


The Congress is organized by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) and the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), and will feature joint symposia with the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), the Swiss Society of Aerobiology (SSA) and the Société Française d'Immunologie (SFI). In addition, the Congress will offer sessions of the “Viral Immunity Symposium”, which will be held in parallel on 6 September at the Palazzo dei Congressi and will continue on 7 September at the Auditorium of the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.


The Congress theme will be “Immunomodulation: from basic to clinical aspects”. During the 4 plenary sessions and the 12 symposia, topics will be discussed in the fields of innate immunity, inflammation and cancer, immunodeficiency and infectious diseases as well as biologics as innovative therapies for immune enhancement or suppression. We have attracted prominent national and international speakers and the meeting will bring together established basic scientists and clinicians along with young researchers and residents, postdocs and students, who will have several opportunities to present their work at workshops and poster sessions in an attractive setting that will maximize interactions among the participants.


We strongly encourage companies, organizations and institutions to sponsor and exhibit at the Congress and to take advantage of the opportunity to interact face-to-face with professionals from all over Switzerland to build visibility, to introduce new products and services, and give product demonstrations. We count on their presence and support to make this meeting a great event.


We will keep you informed about registration and abstract deadlines, fellowships for students, assistants and postdocs, and will provide the preliminary program and amended speaker list in due time.


Together with the members of the Local Organizing Committee, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Lugano and to an exciting Congress!


Presidents of the Organizing Committee


Fabio Grassi




Massimiliano Fontana





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