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Fighting rare diseases in Southeast Asia: Second international PID meeting in Bangkok

December 2017

After the success of the first South-East Asian PID meeting in Bangkok in 2015, the Care-for-Rare Foundation, the International Patients' Organization for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI) and Chulalongkorn University Bangkok organized the second edition of this event on 4 December 2017. Again, more than 100 doctors, university representatives, students and scientists from several Southeast Asian countries gathered in the Thai capital. In addition, the meeting was broadcast live to the university in Jakarta, Indonesia, where about 20 additional participants interactively participated in the event.   

Together with IPOPI and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, the Care-for-Rare Foundation aims to contribute to a sustainable improvement in the care of patients with primary immune deficiencies (PID) in the Southeast Asian region. At the first meeting in 2015, the "Southeast Asian Society of Primary Immunodeficiencies" was founded to follow this purpose in the region. In barely three years, it has made enormous progress in the diagnosis and treatment of PID patients, as Prof. Narissara Suratannon of Chulalongkorn University reported. Experts from Europe and Asia also talked about the latest research developments on PID, and around the official program there was an intensive personal exchange between the participants and speakers.   

We are confident that this second edition of the meeting, through regional and international cooperation alike, will have a lasting impact on the care of patients with primary immunodeficiencies in Southeast Asia. We thank the IPOPI, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Chulalongkorn University for the excellent and successful cooperation.

Dr. Albrecht Matthaei

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