We have exciting news about the upcoming 20th Biennial Symposium on Infections in the Immunocompromised Host which will be held in Athens, Greece 17-19 June, 2018.  New for the Society, the International Immunocompromised Host Society will present a Lifetime Achievement award and a Young Investigator award to highly qualified ICHS members.  We seek your assistance in the nomination process. Please click here for more information

Houston, June 27, 2018

Dear colleagues

After 8 years on the International Council first and then Executive Committee of ICHS, of which the last 2 years were at the helm of the Society, time has come for me to transition to the role of past president and to hand over the presidency to my esteemed colleague Professor Monica Slavin. This is a moment of reflection for me and an opportunity to express my gratitude for all of you who contributed so that the Society is now in a very solid place.

We just finished an incredibly successful meeting in Athens, Greece our 20thbiennial meeting. The meeting was full of energy, camaraderie, networking, high caliber speakers/discussions, notable attendance of several iconic figures in the early history of ICHS, all in a beautiful venue in the shadow of the Acropolis, a fitting setting.  We had an energetic participation of over 300 attendees, coming from 38 different countries and 5 continents. We introduced new features in the meeting such an ICHS awards (ICHS Junior investigation award, ICHS citation award, Lifetime achievement award, all awarded to notable scholars in our field. Despite the difficult funding climate, the meeting enjoyed Support by several learned organizations and pharmaceutical industry.

In the last 20 months the Society has seen a “renaissance” with over 50% increase in membership, expansion in South America. In fact, nearly 10% of attendees in the Athens meeting came from South America, a testament to our synergistic interaction with the InFocus organization, an interaction that is expected to strengthen further. This is an exciting moment in our illustrious Society that approaches 40 years of existence.  I am convinced that is destined to soar to even higher heights and become more relevant than ever, in view of the continuous expansion of immunocompromised patients and drugs that suppress or modulate immune responses. The avalanche of mega-data and genomic profiling, microbiome and personalized risk assessment, contributions of pathogens to cancer, the revolution of biomaterial research create great areas of research and discussion in our field and makes ICHS the best forumfor collaboration and communication on these cutting edge concepts.

Needless to say, I will continue to support the Society’s mission in the future any way I can.

Thank you all for all your past, current and future contributions to ICHS.

Thank you for making the 20th ICHS Congress such a success and looking forward to see you in the next tremendous ICHS meeting in Melbourne Australia in June 7 – 9, 2020.


With warm regards

Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, MD, ScD, PhD (Hon), FACP, FIDSA, FECMM, FAAM, FAAAS

Texas  4000 Distinguished Endowed Professor For Cancer Research

Deputy Head, Division of Internal Medicine  

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Adj Professor Baylor College of Medicine

Adj Professor UT School of Public Health

Adj Professor University of Houston




Executive Committee of ICHS Council
Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, President, USA
Monica Slavin, President Elect, Australia
Hans H. Hirsch, Vice President, Switzerland
Thomas F. Patterson, Past President, USA
International Members of the ICHS Council

Murat Akova, Turkey
Robin Avery, USA
Arnaldo Lopes Colombo, Brazil
Peter Donnelly, The Netherlands
Hermann Einsele, Germany
Vicki Morrison, USA
Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, USA
Maria Elena Santolaya, Chile

Chairs of the Local Organizing Committee

George Samonis
Nikolaos Sipsas (co-chair)

Administrative Secretariat

29 Michalakopoulou str., 115 28 Athens
Contact emails: alkidis@ascentltd.gr,

One Day Cruise

What’s included
We pick you up from your hotel early in the morning in order to take you by coach to the port for embarkation on the cruise ship. At 08:15 the cruise ship departs and sails for the first stopover on the island of Hydra. You will spend approximately one hour, thus you have free time to explore the unique island. Embarkation and sail to the island of Poros, separated from Peloponesse by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros town. Leisure time in Poros will be approximately 60 minutes. After two hours trip we shall arrive to the last port, the island of Aegina, where you have time either to make an optional tour visiting the Athena Afea Temple or to swim to the nearest beaches of the island. Total time to be spent one hour and a half. Lunch is served on board during the voyage. Re-embarkation and sailing back to the port. Arrive late in the afternoon and transfer by coach back to your hotel.

Price: 100,00 € per person

Daily Service
Dep. 08.15 – Ret. 19.15 approximately
Departure from the Hotel at 7:15am

Will open on the 14th of May 2018