Radiation effects on the immune system: an updated state of the art and future research needs


Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Fietkau

Workshop 2017: Radiation effects on the immune system: an updated state of the art and future research needs

The registration and the abstract submission deadline is passed by. Since we are fully booked we were not able to expand the deadlines. If you have any questions please contact the local organisation via email.


Please note, the final program is online!

Hotel Astoria in Budapest by Rezső Hikisch and Emil Ágoston in 1912–14
Photo by:Attila Terbócs

General information

Date: March 7-9, 2017

Venue: Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center, Budapest, Hungary

Currently we are facing an advent in the studies related to the interactions between ionizing radiation and the immune system, which is leading to a paradigm change in this area. Today the number of studies addressing the role of the immune system and its components in response to radiation, and especially low dose radiation, is increasing exponentially.
The first workshop specifically focusing on the interactions between radiation and the immune system was supported by the DoReMi Network of Excellence and was organized in
Budapest in 2013. Based on its success and the great interest that has generated, and taking into account the rapidly accumulating new findings and scientific achievements in the field, we have decided to organize a second workshop in this topic, this time supported by the OPERRA project. Our main aim is to gather a broad range of competences and expertise to cover the various aspects of the field and promote both integration of “non-radiobiologists” and radiobiologists into the study of interactions between radiation and the immune system.

The workshop will cover the following main topics:

  • Basic interactions between radiation and the immune system
  • Radio-onco-immunology and combined radio and immunotherapy approaches in oncology
  • Immune modulatory effects of low doses, basic mechanisms, potential therapeutic applications
  • Radiation-induced chronic inflammation and its consequences in various organs
  • Immune mediators of radiation induced bystander effect, the role of microvesicles
  • Immune-related biomarkers of radiation exposure

In order to ensure an interactive atmosphere during the workshop, the number of participants will be kept reasonably small (maximum of 60 participants). Registration will be opened for both OPERRA and non-OPERRA members and a priority will be given to participants from new Member States. As the number of available places is limited the selection of participants will be to ensure an equilibrated representation of all the interested participants together with a first-come-first-served approach.

Registration fee: 75 Euro.

Travel grants will be offered to young scientists. Priority will be given to applicants coming from New Member States.

The small but enthusiastic organizing team is looking forward to meeting every interested participant in Budapest and spend 3 days in a creative and friendly atmosphere where old acquaintances are renewed and new collaborations are formed.

Katalin Lumniczky, Géza Sáfrány, and Tamás Pándics - OKK-OSSKI, Budapest, Hungary (local organizers)
Serge Candéias - CEA, Grenoble, France
Udo Gaipl and Benjamin Frey - UKER, Erlangen, Germany

Nach oben

FINAL Program

European flag from: myrhome; Budapest sight from: blizniak (both: pixabay.com, CC0 Public Domain)
Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center [Astoria Szálló.jpg] from: Attila Terbócs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danubius_Hotel_Astoria CC BY-SA 3.0

Important Deadlines

Registration - CLOSED

Abstract submission - CLOSED

05th February 2017
Transfer of registration fee
2nd February 2017
Accomodation reservation in
Hotel Astoria, Hotel Erzsébet

FINAL Program

OKK-OSSKI, Budapest, Hungary
(local organizers)
Katalin Lumniczky
Géza Sáfrány
Tamás Pándics
Andrea Seregdy (Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Department for International Affairs)
CEA, Grenoble, France
Serge Candéias
UKER, Erlangen, Germany
Udo Gaipl
Benjamin Frey


Katalin Lumniczky M.D., Ph.D.
Division of Radiation Medicine
National Public Health Center - National Research Directorate for Radiobiology and Radiohygiene
Anna u. 5
1221 Budapest