On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us in Cambridge for the next in our Series of important International Conferences on Infection in the Immunocompromised Child.

It is now 5 years since we held our highly successful 2nd International Conference and through popular demand we are staging our third event in December 2007.

Again this will provide a rare opportunity for paediatric oncologists, immunologists and infectious diseases physicians to have the opportunity to meet and learn with their microbiology and virology colleagues. We are delighted to have secured an excellent line-up of top-quality international experts to lead the programme and bring their knowledge and experience to share with us via lectures and interactive workshops. Advances in both diagnosis and treatment of infections continue; with increasing use of nonculture diagnostic techniques, identification of new pathogens and the arrival of new antivirals, antifungals and, at last, antibiotics. Continuing advances in the use of specific immunomodulating therapies for the treatment of inflammatory disorders, malignancy and within bone marrow transplantation, mean challenges remain in preventing and treating infection in children we treat. We will aim to look back at the advances that have been made and the lessons learnt and maximise the opportunity to share the outcomes.

A key part of the programme will also be the Call for Abstracts which will enable us to ensure that we stage a highly relevant meeting based on current and topical themes for our audience. We are hoping that we can encourage a wide range of participants to submit an abstract with a view to presenting a free paper or a poster presentation. All of this will add to the knowledge-exchange throughout the Conference.


Continuing Professional Development

The Organisers have applied for CPD accreditation. Please refer to the Conference website for the outcome of this application. All attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance.

To have found a suitable venue for our Conference in the lovely city of Cambridge is ideal. Internationally-renowned for its charm and beauty, Cambridge will give us a very appealing backdrop to our meeting. With streets designed for carriages rather than cars and with sumptuous architecture to enjoy as well as the fun of the River Cam, we will be providing the opportunity for our participants to share an edifying 2 days of educational programme as well as informal networking and a chance to see a little of the wonderful city of Cambridge.

We very much hope that you will note the dates of this meeting in your diary and join us in Cambridge.

Dr Julia Clark, Chairman, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Organising Committee

  • Karina Butler, Dublin, Ireland
  • Andrew Cant, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • Graham Davies, London, UK
  • Ronald De Groot, Nijmegen,The Netherlands
  • Angela Galloway, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • Merja Helminen, Tampere, Finland
  • Simon Hoare, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Steve Holland, Bethesda, USA
  • Edina Moylett, Galway, Ireland
  • Rod Skinner, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • Manoj Vallapil, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK