The EFI Information Page
The European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI)
(previously known as The European Foundation for Immunogenetics) was formally
founded in March 1985, and is registered in the Register of Associations
in the Tribunal d'Instance de Strasbourg. The administrative address of
the FEDERATION is at 10 Rue Spielmann, 67065 Strasbourg cedex, France.
The roots of the FEDERATION can be traced back to the late
1970's and stem directly from the work of the Committee of Experts in
Histocompatibility set up under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
In 1981 the Members of the Committee decided that time had come to establish
a formal organisation for immunogeneticists and tissue typers.
One of the main aims of the FEDERATION was the organisation
of biennial meetings. The Council of Europe offered its headquarters as
a venue and the first meeting took place in 1983 in the Palais de l'Europe
in Strasbourg. Since 1990 EFI has organised meetings annually, the most
recent meeting of which took place in Oslo, Norway in June 2006.
The next meeting will take place in Barcelona, Spain, in May 2007.
Aims of EFI
The aims of EFI are summed up in the Constitution. They
- To advance the development of Immunogenetics in Europe
as a discipline of medicine and support research and training.
- To provide a forum for exchange of scientific information
and to reinforce the skills and knowledge of young scientists and others
working in the field.
- To create a formal organisation of workers in the field
of immunogenetics, histocompatibility testing and transplantation.
- To elaborate recommendations for standardisation of techniques,
quality control and criteria for accreditation and to support their
- To promote the organisation and use of immunogenetic
- To develop relations with similar organisations.
Activities of EFI
In order to achieve the aims of EFI, a number of Committees
have been set up to co-ordinate the work and monitor progress in the different
areas of activities:
- The Standards and Quality Assurance Committee
is in charge of yearly revisions and updating of the EFI Standards for
Histocompatibility Testing. The Standards are based on those developed
by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI)
and amended to reflect the practices in European histocompatibility
- The Accreditation Committee is in charge of organising
and implementing the EFI Accreditation of histocompatibility laboratories.
The accreditation process is organised regionally and arranged by and
regional Commissioners trained centrally. The process of accreditation
of laboratories is coordinated from the Accreditation Office established
- The External Proficiency Testing Committee collects
information on external quality assessment schemes operational in various
European countries or regions and ensures their homogeneity and comparability.
The Committee presents proposals concerning the organisation of External
Quality Assessment schemes and proficiency testing surveys and provides
help in setting up new national and regional quality assessment schemes
by giving advice on organisational matters.
- The Education Committee is in charge of education
in the field of histocompatibility and immunogenetics. The committee
provides help in organising exchange between laboratory co-workers for
educational purposes and has bursaries available for this purpose.
- The Scientific Committee is in charge of of the
scientific program of the annual EFI meeting.
- The EFI Web Committee is responsible for all EFI
online activities including the EFI website.
EFI is actively encouraging close collaboration between
laboratories. In particular, co-operation between the West and East European
laboratories is high on the EFI agenda. EFI has established close collaboration
with a number of national and regional histocompatibility organisations
both in Europe and in America.
- JJ van Rood (1985-8)
- BA Bradley (1988-90)
- E Albert (1990-2)
- J Hors (1992-4)
- MM Tongio (1994-6)
- JG Bodmer (1996-8)
- F Claas (1998-2000)
- ES Curtoni (2000-2)
- E Thorsby (2002-4)
- F Garrido (2004-6)
The annual EFI Conferences are held in early spring. The
venue initially alternated between Strasbourg and other European cities. In 1996,
exceptionally, the Conference was combined with the 12th International
Histocompatibility Workshop and Conference (IHWC) in Paris.
- 1983 1st - Strasbourg
- 1988 3rd - Strasbourg
- 1990 4th - Strasbourg
- 1991 5th - Leiden/Noordwijkerhout
- 1992 6th - Strasbourg
- 1993 7th - Stresa
- 1994 8th - Strasbourg
- 1995 9th - Brighton
- 1996 10th - Paris
- 1997 11th - Budapest
- 1998 12th - Strasbourg
- 1999 13th - Crete
- 2000 14th - Montpellier
- 2001 15th - Granada
- 2002 16th - Strasbourg
- 2003 17th - Baden-Baden
- 2004 18th - Sofia
- 2005 19th - Istanbul
- 2006 20th - Oslo
- 2007 21st - Barcelona
The Ceppellini Lecture
Each year at the annual EFI meeting a scientist who has
made a substantial contribution to the field of Immunogenetics is honoured
by the society and invited to present their work in the form of the Ceppellini
lecture. The lecture is named in honour of Ruggero Ceppellini (1917-1988)
an Italian geneticist who was greatly influential in the HLA field. He
was the organiser of the Third International Histocompatibility Workshop
held in Torino, Italy in June 1967.
A list of all the recipients of this award is given below.
- 1988 - Jon J. van Rood
- 1990 - Walter F. Bodmer
- 1991 - Jack Strominger
- 1992 - Fritz Bach
- 1993 - Alberto Piazza
- 1994 - Andrew McMichael
- 1995 - Hugh McDevitt
- 1996 - Hidde Ploegh
- 1997 - Eva Klein
- 1998 - Paul Terasaki
- 1999 - Peter Morris
- 2000 - Julia G. Bodmer
- 2001 - Dominique Charron
- 2002 - Marie-Marthe Tongio
- 2003 - Peter Parham
- 2004 - John Trowsdale
- 2005 - Mary Carrington
- 2006 - Rolf Zinkernagel
- 2007 - Klas Karre
|Photo courtesy WF Bodmer
The Julia Bodmer Young Scientist Award
As a tribute to the late EFI president Julia Bodmer,
who encouraged many young researchers in the field of Immunogenetics, an award was established to recognize the work of a young scientist.
The award is associated with an oral presentation in a plenary session
at the annual EFI meeting.
A list of all the recipients of this award is given below.
- 2002 - Benedicte Lie
- 2003 - Maria Pascual
- 2004 - Marlies Dankers
- 2005 - Peter Horn
- 2006 - James Traherne
- 2007 - Blanca Rueda
|Photo courtesy SGE Marsh
The EFI Medal
The EFI Executive Committee award the EFI Medal to recognize distinguished EFI Members and HLA laboratory directors on their retirement. A list of all the recipients of this award is given below.
- 2005 - GB Ferrara
- 2005 - Zafirys Polymenidis
- 2006 - Aad van Leeuwen
- 2006 - Ieke Schreuder
- 2006 - Renee Fauchet
- 2007 - Antonio Nunez-Roldan
- 2007 - Ella van den Berg-Loonen
Membership of EFI
Membership of EFI is open to all workers in the field of
Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility. New Members need to be proposed
and seconded by two other EFI Members.
In May 2007 there were 885 Members in 59 countries. There are also EFI Members in a number of countries
outside Europe. The annual membership fee is presently 30 Euro. Members
receive the quarterly EFI Newsletter free of charge. EFI Members are eligible
for a reduced registration fee at the annual European Histocompatibility
Conference and can apply for bursaries to attend these conferences. It
is also possible to apply for educational bursaries to visit other laboratories.
EFI Members are entitled to participate and vote at the Annual General
Assembly, where important decisions are made.
A quarterly EFI Newsletter informs Members of the progress
of the work of the various Committees. The EFI Newsletter publishes contributions
and letters from Members, their views and news, as well as reports of
meetings and other articles of interest to tissue typers. A team of regional
editors informs the readership of news and developments in different regions
The EFI Standards and Quality Assurance Committee has published
EFI Standards for Histocompatibility Testing. The Standards provide a
basis for the EFI accreditation process and are regularly reviewed and
updated before being presented to the membership for approval.