The Latin American Association of Immunology (ALAI) was founded in 1984 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was accepted as a Federation by the International Union of Societies of Immunology (IUIS) in 1987, after its first congress in Buenos Aires, and reform of its statutes to include national societies and not just individuals. Founding members of ALAI: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico soon followed Colombia and Venezuela in 1987, and Uruguay in 1989. Paraguay and Cuba joined ALAI in 1996. ALAI now groups some 1,600 Latin American immunologists.
ALAI is a regional federation member of the IUIS, together with the European Federation of Societies of Immunology (EFIS), the African Federation of Societies of Immunology (Federation of Societies of African Immunology (FAIS) and the Federation of Societies of Immunology of Asia and Oceania (Federation of Asian-Oceanian Societies of Immunology (FIMSA)). In North America, the other two major IUIS societies are the American Society of Immunologists (AAI) and the Canadian Society of Immunology (CAI).
The main objectives of ALAI are to improve education in immunology, and to train and collaborate in experimental and clinical research in human and veterinary immunology, through the sponsorship of regional courses, workshops and events, and the triennial organization of Latin American Congresses on Immunology.www.alai-web.org
This year’s ALAI academic activities feature the XII Latin American Congress of Immunology in collaboration with the Mexican Society of Immunology, which co-celebrates its XXIII National Congress. Our mission is to promote the scientific knowledge and clinical application of basic immunology and all related aspects through interactive discussion.