The Moroccan Society for Primary Immunodeficiency (MSPID) is pleased to share with you the report of the 6th Annual Conference on Genetic Predisposition to Infectious Diseases, held on 29th and 30th November 2013 , at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Casablanca.

The congress was inaugurated by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Professor Farid Chehab, and organized in partnership with the Club of Young Medical Biologists (CJBM), chaired by Professor Jalila El Bakkouri.

We received several national and international speakers, including Shen- Yin Zhang, from the Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, Rockefeller University; Emmanuelle Jouanguy, from the Faculty Necker in Paris, Pr Shereen Mohamed Reda from Ain Shams University in Cairo , Professor Fethi Mellouli from the National Center for Transplantation of Tunis and Pr Marien Kallel - Sellami from the Immunology laboratory of the hospital La Rabta in Tunis. We also had guests from many countries: USA, France , Tunisia, Benin (Pr Maroufou J. Alao), Algeria (Pr Benhalla and Pr Smati ) and Egypt.

Several scientific and social personalities have honored with their presence this congress, including Professor Said Benchekroun, Honorary Chairman of the MSPID ; Professor Mounia Tahiri Jouti, Vice- Dean in charge of Research ; Professor Asmae Quessar, Director of the Hospital 20 Août; Professor Mohamed Benajiba, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Center (CNTS); Professor Rachid Saile, Director of the Laboratory of Biology and Health at the Faculty of Sciences of Ben M'sik ; Professor Rachida Chami, Vice President of the Moroccan Society of Pediatrics (SMP ); Professor Mohammed Bouskraoui, President of the Moroccan Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology (SOMIPEV) and Mrs Bouchra Benhayoune , Secretary General of the Association Hajar.

On the other hand, 278 participants were registered. Among them, the majority were Pediatricians (96), followed by medical (67) and Science (43) students and physicians in adults ( 31). Nineteen young biologists also attended. Twenty participants were able to give an oral presentation and 62 posters were displayed.

Lastly, in the congress was organized a workshop " Diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency ", coordinated by Prof. Naima El Hafidi. Forty -one participants were registered, the majority of whom were residents in Pediatrics, but also residents in Internal Medicine and biologists. The Workshop allowed participants to acquire the necessary reflexes to suspect and explore immunodeficiencies, with simple lab analyzes, for the diagnosis of the majority of primary immunodeficiency .

Among the key recommendations , Pr Benchekroun recommended before the Dean, the need to develop a structure to develop this center of excellence on primary immunodeficiency in the Facutly of Medicine and Averroes Universty Hospital in Casablanca.

On the other hand , the Congress saw the creation of the Moroccan Group for Adult PID, chaired by Dr Mouddatir with Dr. Allaoui Abire as secretary, whose first meeting, set on  Feb. 20, 2014 , will bring together all people of goodwill including Internists, Pulmonologists, Gastrologists, Infectiologists and Immunologists in Morocco.

Finally, the Congress saw the strengthening of the South-South and North-South cooperation : collaboration on complement deficiencies with the laboratory of Prof. Kallel - Sellami, which will host a young researcher, and a project to study and research on encephalitis herpetic in children in collaboration with Rockefeller University.

PID diagnostic Worshop : 6th Moroccan PID Congres. Nov 2013

PID diagnostic Worshop : 6th Moroccan PID Congres. Nov 2013

Pr Fethi Mellouli (Tunisia) and Pr Maroufou Alao (Benin)

Participants in the workshop in Casablanca. 6th MSPID. November 2013

Organizers and speakers at the 6th MSPID. November 2013

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