Posted April 26, 2013

Health Care

Nine cities, nine events, one theme: Human Immunology

London - What do vaccines, allergies and diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis have in common? The answer is a key role for our immune system. This collection of cells and tissues in our bodies not only protect us from infection but also can, under certain circumstances, cause disease. How the human immune system works in health and in disease is the focus of Human Immunology. In celebration of the International Day of Immunology, Monday, April 29, 2013, the CIHR Human Immunology Network (CHIN) is hosting Café Scientifique events in nine cities across Canada, all at the same day and time. CHIN is a resource network that facilitates, promotes and enhances research about the human immune system, and its translation into clinical care and public policy.

These events will be free to the public and will feature national leaders in the field of Immunology. Each Café will provide an informal setting for learning and discussion about timely topics concerning our health, featuring three to four researchers and/or clinicians who are experts in these topics. Depending on the location these could include: arthritis, vaccines, organ transplantation, allergies and immunotherapies for cancer.

"Knowledge dissemination and community outreach are critical to the mission of the Canadian CIHR Human Immunology Network. These Café Scientifiques on Human Immunology, from coast to coast, are a reflection of how clinicians, researchers and the community at large can discuss advances in Human Immunology and how these advances improve our quality of life,” says Joaquin Madrenas, CHIN Executive Director. “It is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the immune system and to realize the enormous value of investing in health research."

The Café Scientifiques will be held on April 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the following cities.

Halifax – “Immunology: Arthritis, transplants and vaccines,” at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, 5221 Sackville Street. Contact: Mary Appleton, 902-470-7583,

Montreal – “Allergies, what are they all about? Facts and myths,”at the Montreal Fine Arts Museum Café, 1380 Sherbrooke Street West. Contact: Julie Robert, 514-843-1560, **This is a bilingual event.

Toronto – “New immunotherapies for cancer-have they arrived?” at the Fox and Fiddle Pub, 280 Bloor Street West
Contact: Paul Cantin, 416-978-2890,

Hamilton– “Vaccines -truths and myths,” at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West. Contact: Joan Hickey, 905-525-9140 ext. 22610,

London – “The wars within–how microbes shape our immune system,” at The Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St.
Contact: Bethany Heinrichs, CHIN Manager, 519-661-3228,

Winnipeg – “Understanding our immune system: A graduate student perspective” at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. Contact: Janine Harasymchuk, 204-474-7300, cell: 204-799-4802,

Calgary – "Helping the immune system to targeting of hepatic viruses" at the PGME Room, Heritage Medical Research Building, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, University of Calgary. Contact: Bertus Eksteen, 403-220-3719,

Edmonton – “Transforming health through organ transplantation, a second chance at life” at the Upper Crust, 10909 86 Ave NW. Contacts: Tabitha Vaquez 780-492-2309, or David Hartell, 613-265-6942,

Vancouver – “Allergies – what can be done?” at Van Dusen Gardens, 5251 Oak Street. Contact: Jennifer Kohm, 604-875-2401, cell: 604-992-6567,

For more information on CHIN visit

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