This application is being submitted on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the International? Congress of Immunology (ICI) to request partial support for the 13th Congress, in August 2007.? The 13th International Congress of Immunology (www.immunorio2007.org.br) in Rio de Janeiro,? Brazil, sponsored by the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), Latin American? Association of Immunology (ALAI) and Brazilian Society of Immunology (SBI), is being planned? to attain the highest scientific level, with the participation of the most renowned immunologists? from all over the world, as a unique scientific learning and networking opportunity for basic and? clinical researchers, physicians, and academics involved in multi-disciplinary immunology. This? is the first time the ICI is being held in Latin Amrica, and the Organizing Committee feels? strongly that it must provide a realistic overview of problems related to immunology issues in? developing countries. Equally importantly, this is a ?golden age? of Immunology, driven by the? development of novel therapies and the application of new technologies to the study of disease.? In light of these developments, the scientific platform of the Congress has been created as a? highly interactive forum to present and debate new ideas, treatments, and cutting edge research? within immunology and related subjects. It is also a unique opportunity to identify new strategies? and solutions in major areas such as Autoimmmunity, Allergy, Cancer and Transplantation, and? Immunotherapy/Vaccination, as well as a wide range of topics in basic Immunology. We are? also committed to providing equitable access and the chance to participate in the 13th? International Congress of Immunology to students and young researchers from developing? countries and different continents such as Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The? support from this grant will be invaluable for providing travel opportunities for young scientists? from the entire world, who often do not have access to funds for foreign conferences.