Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great pleasure and honor that I welcome you, my colleagues, to the 12th Federation of Immunological Society of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA) Advanced Training Course in Chiang Mai. This training course is organized and supported by FIMSA, the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Association of Thailand (AAIAT) and Chiang Mai University.

The members of the organizing committees have worked hard to ensure that this training course offers all participants a cutting edge scientific program on innate immunity. The program is comprised of plenary sessions, keynote lectures, panel discussion sessions, and poster presentation for chosen abstracts. Because significant advances have been made in recent years on the molecules and cells which orchestrate the innate immune response, we have placed a greater emphasis in this training course on novel innate immune cells, the signaling molecules and the clinical implications in targeting the innate immunity for disease prevention and therapy. World-renowned speakers are invited to discuss and share the latest knowledge and discoveries, especially the experts from Asia-Pacific region, will provide exciting and stimulating interactive sessions with the backdrop of beautiful landscape of northern Thailand.

Sincerely appreciated, I extend my special thanks to the FIMSA Council members and to the sponsors for their contributions and participations.

Beside the scientific program, you will have a chance to explore wonders in Chiang Mai, a Thai northern City rich in the unique culture, natural wonders, and populated by warm and hospitable people.

All of the 12th FIMSA advanced training course Organizing Committees are looking forward to welcoming you to this grand event.

Kiat Ruxrungtham
President, AAIAT