It gives me great pleasure to welcome you for the 1st immunology symposium & workshpos targeting primary immunodefeciency diseases "PID" diagnosis in Dammam. This meeting has been set forth in an effort to increase medical awareness towards a group of disorders though relatively rare, is very critical and important in our area which is the primary immunodeficiency disorders (PID). Over the past 20 years, extensive research and technological advancement have furthered the scientific understandings of immune system, leading to improvement in the early diagnosis of PID. The classification of PID has expanded dramatically as a result of increased knowledge and physicians are able now to diagnose immune disorders much earlier and provide more targeted therapy. The meeting will gather pediatricians, immunologists and laboratory specialists in one room to share their experiences and interest in this field. The meeting will facilitate collaboration and exchange of knowledge between them and address the importance of communication between them.
The meeting will provide a comprehensive educational program and hands-on work shop on some laboratory assays commonly used to diagnose PID. Distinguished speakers and leader clinicians in PID in the Middle East area and immunologists nationally and internationally will provide up-to-date knowledge in the classifications and types of PID and the latest laboratory assays and advanced functional and molecular technologies currently used to diagnose PID, Breif touch on aquired immunodefeceincy and immune reconstitution post BMT will be also included in the program.
General practitioners, primary care and family physicians, immunologists, laboratory technologists, nurses, infectious disease specialists, microbiologists, clinical immunologists, allergologists, fellows, BM Transplanter and students .
On behalf of organizing committee I would like to express my sincere thanks to all distinguished speakers, chair persons and the organizing team of this meeting.
Best wishes for a successful and rewarding event and see you soon in Dammam .
Rabab Al Attas, MD, D (ABHI), D (ABMLI)
Director, Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (HIL)
Head Section of Immunology/serology Laboratories
Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine
King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam (KFSH-D)