Welcome Letter

Dear Friends,

We are very proud to invite you to the 1st Saint Petersburg Congress on Autoimmunity (SPBCA 2017), which will be an international congress in the beautiful and glorious city of Saint Petersburg, 30 June - 2 July 2017. 

We will gather to build connections that have been dormant for far too long. In our globalized scientific community today, knowledge and collaboration can now cross all previous boundaries. And so, we would like to open the field of autoimmunity for exchange, both from West to East and East to West. 

There are top researchers and physicians as well as large amounts of clinical data in Russia. With this in mind, we have chosen the theme “The Bridge between East and West” and generated an exciting program to mix leading Autoimmunologists from around the world with Russian experts, enabling everyone who attends to benefit from the sharing of ideas, knowledge and research. 

Saint Petersburg is an apt location for us. It was founded in the early 18th century by Peter the Great precisely for the same purpose: to open up Russia to the West. Therefore, we can think of no better podium to begin our collaborations on.

Please join us at the best time of year for an inspiring atmosphere of medical science infused with the magical surroundings of a truly great city designed to build bridges. We look forward to welcoming you to Saint Petersburg.


Prof. Leonid Churilov
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld
Tel Aviv, Israel
Prof. Eugeny Nasonov
Moscow, Russia

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