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Closing remarks of the 16th European Meeting on Complement in Human Disease, Copenhagen, 2017 

Dear fellow complementologists

It was a great pleasure and honor to host the 16th European Meeting on Complement in Human Disease (EMCHD2017), from September 8th - 12th, 2017 in Copenhagen.

Around 200 attended the C3G satellite symposium on Friday 8th. The regular EMCHD2017 meeting opened at the Copenhagen City Hall the same evening with speeches, the famous Rådhus pancakes and a Tivoli tour.  The next day we had a very well attended teaching day about complement to introduce newcomers and those who needed a brush up about the field. At Sunday morning the 10th, we learned about the latest development in microbiome research from the keynote speaker professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen, before the scientific sessions started. During lunch we were updated about use of complement inhibitors in refractory Myasthenia Gravis by dr. Camille Bedrosian from Alexion.  Next day in another keynote speech professor Piet Gros showed us exciting new possibilities in structural biology using cryo-electron microscopy. On Tuesday 12th ,  the last key note speech was given by professor Dror Mevorach  who learned us about the exciting discovery that loss of CD55 is the molecular origin behind inherited protein-losing enteropathy. Apart from the lively discussions after each oral presentation it was really rewarding to see the interest and discussion at the poster sessions. EMCH2017 was combined with different social gatherings, industry meetings, prize ceremonies, Danish food, parties and a mentalist that I think all of us could not figure out how he could trick us.  An interesting observation was the interest in EMCHD2017 from the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industry underscoring that the complement field is approaching the clinic. 440 participated at EMCH2017 and we had attendees from 28 nations showing the true international interest for the complement field.

The local organizing committee would like to thank all teachers, chairmen, speakers and poster presenters for their great work. A special thank shall go to those who wrote very nice review papers for the special EMCH2017 issue of Molecular Immunology. They have been really fun to read.  We also like to thank the board of the European Complement Network of scoring the abstracts, our sponsors, The University of Copenhagen and not least the Meeting Planners and Hotel Scandic Copenhagen for their great job putting the pieces together.

We hope you enjoyed the conference and we are looking forward to see you back in Copenhagen at another occasion.

Additional pictures will be uploaded in the next weeks.

Best wishes

Peter Garred
Chairman of EMCHD2017
Professor of Clinical Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen

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1. Deadline for abstract submission is April 30th, 2017. SUBMISSION CLOSED

2. Deadline for late breaking abstracts is June 30th, 2017

3. Registration early bird deadline July 1st, 2017.

4. Notification of abstract acceptance and presentation type (oral/poster/late breaking) July 2017.


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