Dear Participants,Two Organizing Committees, one in Russia and one in the United States, have worked tirelessly to put together an outstanding program for this first conference on “Immune Mediated Diseases: From Theory to Therapy.” The conference was conceived as an opportunity to bring together Russian and international experts in various fields of basic and clinical immunology in order to exchange the newest scientific information and to promote future scientific collaborations. Together, we can find solutions to some of the biggest health problems of the new century: cancer, AIDS, emerging infections, allergy and autoimmunity. Moscow is a beautiful city moving fast into the future and thus the perfect venue for showcasing the fast paced discoveries in immunology. We hope that you will enjoy the science, the camaraderie and the famous Russian hospitality, and that you will join us again when we organize the second conference in this series.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Olivera J. Finn.