The USERN Congress 2018 


USERN Prize Awarding Festival


November 10th, 2018
Followed by Post-Congress Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PID) Course

November 11-14, 2018

Reggio Calabria, Italy

Hosted by the Universita Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria

Organized by Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN)

and European School of Genetic Medicine (ESGM)

Brief Introduction of the 3rd USERN Congress: To Make a Difference with a Post-Congress PID Course

Having the slogan of “Science without Borders” always and forever, the USERN Congress in 2018 was held in the beautiful city of Reggio Calabria, Italy. First as the old friend of USERN and honorary speaker of the 1st PID School in Iran, and then as the hospitable host of USERN Congress, Prof. Giovanni Romeo accepted to support this great event by European School of Genetic Medicine (ESGM) in addition to hosting the Congress in the Universita Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria. Surprisingly, the program in 2018 was to have a forward change in the scientific program!

The Congress and Prize awarding festival was held on November 10th, 2018 focusing on the scientific theme “Interdisciplinary Science for Life and Peace”, where we met the USERN Prize Laureates and a number of senior top 1% scientists.

The program was then continued as post-congress PID Course from November 11th to 14th which provided attractive educational lectures and workshops for juniors who were interested in genetics, immunology and medicine. Importantly and as the USERN’s routine, the program provided a unique opportunity for juniors to present their experiences as USERN junior presentations; this time as posters!

As a physician working mainly on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PID), I do know that there is much to be done for improving the survival as well as the quality of lives of these patients, while early diagnosis together with the most appropriate therapeutic approach are the keys to increasing the patients’ survival. Putting an effort on this important issue, as an expected high prevalence of PIDs in Reggio Calabria, and as careful attention to such patients is required, we co-organized a course in PIDs together with the European School of Genetic Medicine (ESGM). May this effort in increasing the knowledge of the scientific world ends up in providing better care for these patients all around the world.


European School of Genetic Medicine (ESGM): Giovanni Romeo (IT); USERN: Nima Rezaei (IR); Università Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria 





Guglielmo ProjectCalabria GrecanicaConsiglio Nazionale delle RicercheInstitute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems (ISASI)





Day 1: Saturday, November 10, 2018

8:30 – 9:30 Registration of Participants
9:30 Italian National Anthem with the Choir of the Leonardo da Vinci Lycaeum
9:35 - –9:40 Welcome to Calabria by the Rector of the Mediterranea University on the occasion of the UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development
9:40 - 10:00 Welcome by the Local Institutional Representatives:
the Mayor of the Città Metropolitana; the President of the Regional Council; the Principal of the Leonardo da Vinci Lycaeum;
the President of the Court of Appeal of Reggio Calabria who will introduce the next keynote speaker
10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Speech
 Science between Rule of Law, Security and PeaceMarco Lombardo (IT)
The artist Gerardo Sacco will honor an Emeritus Judge of Calabria with one of his jewels
11:00- 11:20 Musical Intermission by the Choir of the Leonardo da Vinci Lycaeum
11:20– 12:10 Model Genetic Studies in a Sardinian Isolated Population and their Return for Autoimmune-Autoinflammatory  Disorders
Francesco Cucca (IT)
12:10 – 12:45 The Cultural Legacy of L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza (1922-2018)” - Francesco  Cavalli-Sforza (IT)  
12:45 – 13:30 Official Opening of the USERN Prize Festival in 5 Fields of Science on the occasion of the UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development
Speech by the Founding USERN President - Nima Rezaei (IR) - USERN Introductory Clip and Introduction of USERN 2019 Host
13:30– 15:10  Lunch and walk through the Mediterranea University venue
  Afternoon session
15:10 – 15:30 Multidisciplinary Collaborations -  Kathleen Sullivan(USA)
15:30 – 15:50 To Drive the Science toward Peace: with or without Humans? -  MassimoCappaccioli (IT)
15:50 – 16:10 The diabetic bone marrow: a novel chronic complication of diabetes - Gian Paolo Fadini (IT)
16:10 – 16:30 Barocaloric materials for environmentally friendly refrigeration - Xavier Moya (UK)
16:30 – 16:50 The Human Connectome – Alex Fornito (AU)
16:50 – 17:10 Putting Quantum Paradoxes to Work - Jacob D Biamonte (USA)
17:10 – 17:30 Wisdom in an uncertain world- Igor Grossmann (CA)
17:30 – 18:00 Break and Preparation for IFPPP Festival  - Musical Intermission with the Band of the Leonardo da Vinci Lycaeum
18:00 – 19:30 Awarding the Prizes of the 4th International Festival of Paintings for Pediatric Patients
19:3020:00 Closing of USERN Festival and UNESCO World Science Day

Day 2: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID): From Bench to Bedside
9:00 – 9:05 Opening of the 4th PID Course - Giovanni Romeo (IT) and Nima Rezaei (IR)
9:05 – 9:40 Introduction to the Genetics of the Calabria Greca - Giovanni Romeo (IT)
9:40 – 10:15 Bench to Bedside Approach to PIDs - Nima Rezaei (IR)
10:15 – 11:00 Newborn Screening for PIDs - Lennart Hammarstrom (SE)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:15 Autoimmune Cytopenias as a New Warning Sign of PID - Eleonora Gambineri (IT) 
12:15 – 13:00 EBV-Associated PIDs - Kathleen Sullivan (USA)
13:00 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch 
14:00 – 14:45 Keynote Speech “The Genetic Architecture of Autism” - Evan Eichler (USA)
14:45 – 15:00 The Possible Link(s) between PIDs and Autism –  Cristina Panisi (IT)
15:0015:30 Autism Research at the  CNR Institutes of Reggio and Messina- Alessandra Testa and Giovanni Pioggia (IT)
15:30 – 16-00 Question and Answers for the Whole Session
                16:00 – 17:00 Visit of posters with questions to authors attending their posters
Free time up to 20:00 for a visit of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Bronzi di Riace with discount tickets and a guide

Day 3: Monday, November 12, 2018

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches for PIDs
9:00 – 9:45 Trans-omics – beyond the Genetics of PIDs - Lennart Hammarström (SE)
9:45 – 10:30 New Horizons in Immunophenotyping for PID Diagnosis - Mirjam van der Burg (NL)
10:30 – 11:15 Early onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Kathleen Sullivan (USA)
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:30 Primary Antibody Deficiencies: Update on Mechanisms, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics - Vassilios Lougaris (IT)
12:30 – 13:15 Gene Therapy for PIDs - Alessandro Aiuti (IT)
 13:15 – 14:00 Immune Reconstitution after HSCT - Eleonora Gambineri (IT)
14:0015:00 Buffet Lunch
15:00 – 15:30 Question and Answers for the Whole Session
15:30 – 17:00 Round Table Discussion on “Immunodeficienze e Vaccinazioni”  (in Italian with the Participation of Local Patients, Families and Students)

Day 4: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Novel PIDs
  PID Related to Altered Actin Cytoskeleton Dynamics- Loic Dupré (A)
9:45 – 10:30 Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Diseases - Antonio Condino-Neto (BR)
10:30 – 11:15 The pathogenic mechanisms of monogenic Autoinflammatory diseases - Marco Gattorno (IT)
11:1511:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:30 DNA Repair Failures in the Immune System - Mirjam van der Burg (NL)
 12:30 – 13:15 Update on Autoinflammatory Diseases with Immunodeficiencies - Marco Gattorno (IT)
13:15 – 13:45 Question and Answers for the Whole Session
13:45-14:45 Buffet Lunch
14:45 – 17:00 USERN-PID Workshop: NGS Data Analysis: Strategies, technologies and pitfalls- Craig Platt (USA)
Free time up to 20:00 for a visit of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Bronzi di Riace with discount tickets and a guide

Day 5: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Concluding Remarks
9:00 – 9:30 Best Posters Presentations and Awards
9:30 – 11:00 PID Clinic organized by Francesca Ronco and Corrado Mammì with histories of patients from Calabria Greca
11:00 – 11:45 Immune Dysregulation: Mechanisms, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics - Craig Platt (USA)
11:45 – 12:00 Closing of the PID course