Mucosal immunology and the interaction between the indigenous microflora and the innate and adaptive immune system is one of the hottest areas in biology today. On Medline the number of papers published on mucosal immunology has gone from just over 1,000 in the year 2000 to 15,000 in 2006. At the same time there remains major challenges in understanding the gut in HIV, making new and effective mucosal vaccines, understanding how the host responds to mucosal pathogens, how pathogens manipulate the host response, epithelial cell biology and finally in terms of human health, how inappropriate immune reactions at mucosal surfaces can cause such devastating diseases as inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, necrotizing enterocolitis in infants, food allergies and celiac disease.
Our aim is to bridge the gap between the high quality immunology presented at meetings such as AAI, and the high quality clinical specialty meetings (DDW, ATS, FOCIS) to provide a forum where people interested in immunology at mucosal surfaces can share ideas and learn about the unique nature of the mucosal immune system. SMI is a home for all those studying and carrying out research in mucosal immunology and THE source for information in mucosal immunology.
To act as a catalyst for exchange of new knowledge, SMI sponsors a biennial International Congress of Mucosal Immunology (ICMI), and has added an annual meeting as a satellite to another major congress (such as FASEB/AAI or FOCIS) in the intervening year. SMI also supports the annual meetings of the European Mucosal Immunology Group.
If you are not convinced, then contact the chair of the Membership Committee, and find out why members are enthusiastic about SMI. You will learn what membership has done, and why it is a continuing professional investment.
Available membership rates include:
|Member Type|| One Year ||Two Year - 10 percent discount! |
|Regular Membership || $180|| $324|
|Student/Trainee Membership || $55|| $99|
|Student/Trainee Membership with Online Journal Access Only || $35|| $63|
|Emeritus membership|| $55|| $99|