The new advances in understanding the molecular and cellular bases of immune response opened a new era in the diagnosis and treatment of immune-mediated diseases. On June 14th, 2012, in Barcelona, the Caprese organization (within their training program Aula Ergos), in collaboration with the Esteve Foundation, organized a workshop on basic principles in immunology: immune-mediated diseases.

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine, which was awarded to three immunologists for their work on the molecular mechanisms of innate immune response, highlights the relevance of research into immune response in the development of medicine in the 21st century. The new immunomodulatory therapies are revolutionizing the treatment of immune-mediated diseases, but also are creating a new economic conflict for their inclusion in the health system. Alterations in each of the molecules involved in immune response are responsible for potential new pathologies pending characterization.

The event followed the following program:

1. The molecular and cellular basis of immune response
Dr. Jordi Yagüe
Head of Immunology, Hospital Clínic Barcelona

2.Dysregulation in innate immune response: inflammatory diseases
Dr. Juan Ignacio Aróstegui
Autoinflammatory Diseases Unit, Hospital Clínic Barcelona

3. Alterations in adaptive immune response: Autoimmune Diseases
Dr. Manel Juan
Head of Immunopathology, Hospital Clínic Barcelona

4. New biological therapies in the treatment of immune-mediated diseases
Dr. Juan Ignacio Aróstegui and Dr. Manel Juan