CHD2009 Greetings

We are delighted to welcome you to the 12th European Meeting on Complement in Human Disease in Visegrád.

The conference series "Complement in Human Disease" started from Balatonfüred, Hungary in 1986. After 23 years we have the honour again, to host this successful meeting. We expect the application of colleagues from all over the world, dealing with complement research, who wish to know or perform novelties and new results of this area. Alike in previous conferences in Cardiff or Heidelberg, we would like to offer the opportunity for young researchers to learn at the Teaching Day. The final scientific programme is to be assembled by the leadership of ECN (European Complement Network) based on the abstracts submitted to the conference.

Thermal Hotel Visegrád can be found at one of the most beautiful geographical part of Hungary, at the Danube Bend, which ensures a suitable venue for the profound scientific discussions and for relaxation and leisure, respectively.

We expect lots of colleagues to attend the meeting and wishing successful works and experiences during the conference.

Looking forward to welcoming you personally in Visegrád!

Lilian Varga and George Füst
on behalf of the Organising Committee


CHD2009Exhibitions and sponsoring

EMCHD2009 provides a range of opportunities for sponsorship. We invite you to take advantage of this event to promote your company among leading scientists of the complement disease area and related specialists coming from all around Europe and also from overseas. We are offering a wide range of sponsorship packages as well as supplementary options to achieve the biggest exposure to your company. There are also opportunities for advertising at the Conference in the Final Programme. We are convinced that this event presents an excellent opportunity to exhibit your technology and services to a large number of counterparts and, further, to become a sponsor of this event to make it more attractive as well.

Companies interested in exhibition or sponsoring should contact:

Attila Varga

Diamond Congress Ltd.

Csalogány u. 28.
H-1015 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +36 1 2147701
Fax: +36 1 2012680



Local organising committee:

Lilian Varga, 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

George Füst, 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Henriette Farkas, 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Anna Erdei, Department of Immunology, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest

Péter Gál, Institute of Enzymology, Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Zoltán Prohászka, 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Éva Rajnavölgyi, Institute of Immunology, Medical and Health Science Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, Debrecen

János Szebeni, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Semmelweis University Research Group for Paediatrics and Nephrology, Budapest


ECN board:

Chairman: Peter F. Zipfel, Germany

Secretary: T. Sakari Jokiranta, Finland

Gudmundur Arason, Iceland

Gerard Arlaud, France

Anna Blom, Sweden

Moh R. Daha, The Netherlands

Zvi Fishelson, Israel

Peter Garred, Denmark

Vladimir Kotnik, Slovenia

Margarita Lopez-Trascasa, Spain

Matthew Pickering, United Kingdom

Paulo Santos, Portugal

Cornelia Speth, Austria

Francesco Tedesco, Italy

Lilian Varga, Hungary


Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: postponed to May 11, 2009
Early registration deadline:
Hotel reservation deadline: June 30, 2009
Cancellation deadline with 75 % refund: June 30, 2009


Important addresses

Congress President:

Lilian Varga

3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University
Kútvölgyi street 4
H-1125 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +3613251481
Fax: +3612253899


Honorary President:

George Füst

3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University
Kútvölgyi street 4
H-1125 Budapest, Hungary
Tel/fax: +3612129351


General Secretary:

Henriette Farkas

3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Semmelweis University
Kútvölgyi street 4
H-1125 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +3613251481
Fax: +3612253899


Congress secretariat:

Attila Varga

Diamond Congress Ltd.

Csalogány u. 28.
H-1015 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +3612147701
Fax: +3612012680


Conference venue


2025 Visegrád, Lepence-völgy hrsz. 1213
Telefon: +36-26-801-900
Fax: +36-26-801-918 ?


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General information


The official congress language is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.



The certificates of attendance will only be available on-site.


Passport, Visa, Invitation letters

Usually all foreign visitors must have a valid passport. The visa policy of Hungary is liberal. For visits shorter than a month, no visa is required for citizens of most European countries, the United States, Japan and Israel. Most European citizens can visit Hungary with their domestic identity card. Agreements of the Republic of Hungary on abolition of visa requirements are available on the internet. Visa is required for visitors from most Asian countries, and most states of NIS. Those who experience any trouble in getting visa to Hungary should not hesitate to contact the conference secretariat immediately. Please note that Hungary is a member state of the EU and Schengen agreement, but make sure to check any changes in your visa regulation at the consulate. The list of Hungarian missions can be found on the Internet on the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you need an invitation letter to obtain visa, please contact the conference secretariat. This, however, cannot be considered as a commitment on behalf of the organisers to provide any financial support.



Credit cards & currency

All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, ATMs and shops. The Hungarian currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF). Though Hungary is a member of the European Union, only a few shops and restaurants accept Euros (EUR) for payment. Therefore, the exchange of your currency to Hungarian Forints or the use of cash machines is strongly suggested. Check the exchange rate at e.g. Hungarian National Bank. Currency converter is available at .



The electricity is 230 V, 50 Hz. Japanese, UK, USA and other visitors: please note that Hungary has European/continental-type electric plugs. Ask for converters at the airports, hotels.



The organizers cannot accept liability for any personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons that may occur during the Congress. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements to obtain health, travel and property insurance before their departure.


Scientific program        DOWNLOAD THE FINAL PROGRAM


Friday, 4th September 2009

1600-2000 Registration


Saturday, 5th September 2009

800 - Registration
830-1700 Teaching Day with invited speakers
1830-2000 Opening Ceremony, Welcome cocktail


Sunday, 6th September 2009

800 - Registration
830-910 Invited lecture by E. Rajnavolgyi
910-104 Session 1: Structure and function of complement proteins
1040-1110 Coffee break
1110-1240 Session 2: Complement genetics and deficiencies
1240-1400 Lunch break
1400-1500 Poster session 1
1500-1520 Lectures of Pharmaceutical Companies (to be specified later)
1520-1650 Session 3: Complement in infection and sepsis
1650-1720 Coffee break
1720-1900 Session 4: Complement in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases


Monday, 7th September 2009

830-910 Invited lecture by G. Tsokos
910-1040 Session 5: Complement activation, regulation, adaptive immune response
1040-1110 Coffee break
1110-1240 Session 6: Complement in transplantation and cancer
1240-1440 Lunch break
1340-1440 Poster Session 2
1440-1610 Session 7: Pathogen Complement evasion of pathogens
1610-160 Coffee break
1630-1800 Session 8: Complement in Cardiovascular, neurological diseases and new therapeutical interventions
1900-2200 Banquet


Tuesday, 8th September 2009

830-945 Session 9: Novel complement related diseases I.
945-1015 Coffee break
1015-1045 ECN Award lectures
1045-1130 Session 10: Novel complement related diseases II. and diagnostic aspects
1130-1230 Closing remarks with awards for the best presentations
1400-1800 Conference excursion



Registration fees

Before 30 April 2009 After 30 April 2009
Participants 460 EUR 530 EUR
Students 290 EUR 360 EUR
Accompanying persons 120 EUR 120 EUR


On-site Registration

The registration desk will be open during the following hours:

Saturday, 5 September 2009 17:30 - 19:00 Thermal Hotel Visegrad
Sunday, 6 September 2009 07:30 - 18:15 Thermal Hotel Visegrad
Monday, 7 September 2009 08:00 - 19:00 Thermal Hotel Visegrad
Tuesday, 8 September 2009 08:00 - 13:00 Thermal Hotel Visegrad

On-site registrations will be accepted but cannot be guaranteed to receive all congress documents. Please arrive early if you wish to register on-site.


Registration fee for congress participants include:

  • Abstract fee
  • Admission to all parts of the Conference
  • Printed material of the Conference (final prgram, abstract book)
  • Conference bag with proceedings
  • Welcome cocktail (5 September)
  • Coffee breaks (6-7-8 September)
  • Lunches (6-7 September, sandwich lunch on 8 September)
  • Banquet ( 7 September)
  • Sightseeing tour (8 September)
  • Membership for the European Complement Network 2009-2011
  • Budapest - Visegrad - Budapest transfer on certain days

Registered accompanying persons are entitled to receive:

  • Welcome cocktail (5 September)
  • Gala dinner ( 7 September)
  • Sightseeing tour (8 September)
  • Budapest - Visegrad - Budapest transfer on certain days

Terms and conditions of participation
Advanced online registration is a condition of participation in the congress. During the online registration you should accept the terms and conditions of participation as well as the terms of cancellation written on this website. The registration fee/accompanying person's registration fee includes entertainment allowances, such as catering services, excursion, dinner etc. In the final invoice the amount of these services will be indicated as intermediary service. Hotel accommodation orders (if any) are also subject of intermediary service.


Upon receipt of the correct registration fee, each participant will receive a confirmation of registration. Please bring this confirmation to the registration desk at the conference centre as proof of your registration.


Methods of Payment

Pre-payment can be made either by bank transfer payable to:

Diamond Congress Ltd. - CHD
Raiffeisen Bank Zrt.
Address: H-1015 Budapest, Széna tér 1/a
International Bank Account Number

or by major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard) to be arranged during the secure online registration.

Registrations and hotel reservations, which are not accompanied by appropriate payment, will not be honoured. Registrations and hotel reservations will be acknowledged in writing. Official invoices and receipts for fees paid by the participants will be handed over on site upon registration. Congress bureau Diamond Congress Ltd. is responsible for collection of all charges; hence all financial issues are handled and confirmed by the congress bureau. On site registration fees, hotel charges and optional programmes can be paid in cash in convertible currency or in Hungarian Forint. Besides, credit cards listed above will be accepted. The organisers regret that cheques cannot be accepted, they should be cashed at the banks.?


Cancellation / refund policy

Refund of registration fees, less 25% administrative charges, can be applied for in writing until 30 June 2009 to the Congress Secretariat.

Attila Varga

Diamond Congress Ltd.

Csalogány u. 28.

H-1015 Budapest, Hungary

Tel: +3612147701

Fax: +3612012680


After this date no refund will be possible.


Teaching Day

To maintain the respectabilities Teaching day will be organized for a limited number of young participants (graduated and post-graduated students and others new to the field).

To apply for the teaching day you must be a student or a junior postdoc who has spent less than three years in the field. A proof of eligibility is required. Please, send a letter of your supervisor/head of department to certify your status to the Congress secretariat, preferably by scanned email addressed to

Participation in the Teaching Day is possible with valid registration, if the registration fee for the conference is paid. The Teaching day has no specific registration fee.


The topics of the Teaching Day are:

1.) Complement in innate and adaptive immunity

2.) Genetics and deficiencies

3.) Activation and regulation

4.) Structure and function

5.) Inflammatory and autoimmune disorders

6.) Cancer and transplantation

7.) Therapeutical approaches

8.) Factor H-related diseases and animal models

9.) Complement and infection

10.) Modern complement techniques, test


Timetable for the teaching day

5 September 2009

08:30 - 09:00   Registration

09:00 - 09:30   Introduction by Jörg Köhl

09:30 - 11:00   Session I

11:00 - 11:30   Coffee

11:30 - 13:00   Session II

13:00 - 14:00   Lunch

14:00 - 15:30   Session III

15:30 - 16:10   Round table discussion/ Mohamed Daha


Session I. 09:30-11:00


Session II. 11:30-13:00


Session III. 14:00-15:30




1. Complement in innate and adaptive immunity

Jörg Köhl, Claudia Kemper

Room 1

1. Complement in innate and adaptive immunity

Jörg Köhl, Claudia Kemper

Room 1

3. Activation and regulation

Claire Harris, Mihály Józsi

Room 1




2. Genetics and deficiences

Santiago Rodriguez de Cordoba, Kevin Marchbank

Room 2

4. Structure and function

Péter Gál, Piet Gros

Room 2

5. Inflammatory and autoimmune disorders

Moh Daha, Anna Blom

Room 2




3. Activation and regulation

Claire Harris, Mihály Józsi

Room 3

5. Inflammatory and autoimmune disorders

Mohamed Daha, Anna Blom

Room 3

8. Factor H-related diseases and animal models

Matthew Pickering,
Peter Zipfel

Room 3




6. Cancer and transplantation

Francesco Tedesco,
Sakari Jokiranta

Room 4

7. Therapeutic approaches

János Szebeni,
Tom Mollnes, John Lambris, Milan Basta

Room 4

9. Complement and infection

Jos van Strijp, Peter Kraiczy, Jean van den Elsen

Room 4




9. Complement and infection

Jos van Strijp,
Peter Kraiczy,
Jean van den Elsen

Room 5

10. Modern complement techniques

József Prechl,
Michael Kirschfink

Room 5

10. Modern complement techniques

József Prechl,

Michael Kirschfink

Room 5

Call for Abstracts

All participants are invited to submit abstracts on one of the topics listed below for presentation at the 12th European Meeting on Complement in Human Disease.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 30 2009


Abstracts may only be submitted via internet at this website. Late abstracts will not be considered.

In order to standardise the abstract layout we ask you to read the preparation guidelines CAREFULLY!

Guidelines for preparation and submission of abstracts:


  • Abstracts may be submitted via internet only. Abstracts submitted via fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
  • All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English using UK English spelling.
  • Abstracts must contain original material neither published nor presented elsewhere prior to 5 September 2009.
  • At selection for oral presentation, abstracts on pathomechanism or diagnosis of human diseases will have an advantage.
  • The abstract text may not be longer than 2000 characters, including spaces. (excluding title and authors)
  • The background and goals of the study should appear clearly to the reader. The methods and results must contain data, and the conclusions must be clearly expressed.
  • Tables, charts or other graphics may not be included and will be deleted by the editors.
  • Avoid complex mathematical formulae. For the symbols ? or ? type instead <= or >=. For superscript use caret (^) e.g. 10^6 instead of 106. Do not use Greek letters and symbols. Instead of 'IFN-?' use for example 'IFN-g' or 'IFN-gamma'.
  • All abbreviations must be defined the first time they appear in your text (but, do not define in the title). Example: membrane cofactor protein (MCP), before being used as an abbreviation only.
  • The name of the presenting author should be underlined.
  • Authors should indicate their presentation preference:
    • oral / poster presentation
    • poster only
    • The ECN board reserves the right to decide on the final allocation and presentation method.
  • Please, indicate which topic(s) you prefer, by checking the appropriate boxes, maximum three options can be assigned.
  • After having submitted your abstract, you will receive an acknowledgement by e-mail, confirming the successful file upload (please make sure to register with your correct e-mail address!). Should you wish to make corrections to an abstract already submitted or if you wish to submit other abstracts later, you may simply upload a new file. Corrections to abstracts can only be made up to the deadline of 30 April 2009. If you do not receive a confirmation by e-mail please contact the Abstract hotline.
  • Abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review by at least 3 experts.
  • Authors will be notified on acceptance in mid June 2009 by email. Full instructions concerning the preparation and presentation of their abstract will be given at this time.
  • All presenting authors must register to attend the conference. One participant can be the presenting author of maximum two abstracts.


If you have difficulties in submitting your abstracts or if you need any further information, please contact the Abstract hotline: Phone +36 1?225 0210 (Monday - Friday during CET business hours) or e-mail:



  1. Structure and function of complement proteins
  2. Complement activation and regulation
  3. Complement genetics and deficiencies
  4. Complement and adaptive immunity
  5. Complement in infection and sepsis
  6. Complement in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
  7. Complement in transplantation and cancer
  8. Complement in diagnosis of human diseases, standardization
  9. Complement oriented therapeutic interventions
  10. Complement, aHUS, other renal diseases and AMD
  11. Complement in cardiovascular diseases
  12. Complement evasion of pathogens
  13. Complement in neurological diseases 
  14. Other related topics


Travel awards

A limited number of travel awards will be made available to the first author of an accepted abstract. He/she must also be the presenting author.
To qualify for a travel grant, the applicant must be either a

  • Graduate student
  • Medical resident

Applicants must first submit their abstract online and check the box during submission stating they wish to apply. In addition, the following documentation must be sent by post as well:

  • a letter from the applicant's supervisor written on institution letterhead confirming the applicant's status and supporting the applicant's award request.
  • a copy of the abstract submitted online

Applicants must send by post or fax the completed application documents, or send by e-mail the scanned document to:


Attila Varga

Diamond Congress Ltd.

P.O. Box 48.
H-1255 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +36 1 2250210
Fax: +36 1 2012680


Applications arriving after 30 April 2009 will not be considered. Please note that the award is limited to one per research group/laboratory.


All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to the journal Molecular Immunology which will be handed out to all registered participants at the congress.


ECN medal

One, preferably retired scientist from Europe or working in Europe will be awarded with ECN-medal.


Social program

September 5 2009, Saturday

Welcome cocktail, 18.30

The official welcome cocktail of CHD2009 will be held on the Congress Venue: Thermal Hotel Visegrad. Admission is free for all registered delegates, accompanying persons and exhibitors.

September 7 2009, Monday

Banquet, 19.00
The official closing banquet of  CHD2009 will be held in the Renaissance restaurant with medieval program.  Admission is included in the registration fees.
Description of the evening:

September 8 2009, Tuesday

Sightseeing tour, 14.00 - 18.00
After the conference, 2 parallel sightseeing will be organised. The sightseeing is included in the registration fees, but the participation is not automatical.
Registration is necessary via online. Please choose only 1 of the 2 offered tours.
After the sightseeing (appr. at 19.00) transfer will be provided to Budapest airport, for those who have late flight on this day.

Szentendre sightseeing

Szentendre, the most picturesque little town along the Hungarian stretch of the Danube, and home to sculptors and painters, is not likely to forget it. The town is a charming monument to the XVIIIth century, with its undulating cobbled streets and unexpected alleyways, and if it exudes something of a Mediterranean atmosphere then that's probably thanks to the Serbs, Dalmatians and Greek who settled here from the XIVth century onwards. Hungary's largest open-air ethnological museum, or skanzen, is situated at the edge of the town. Its old peasant houses, church and handicraft workshop will be also visited during the sightseeing.

Esztergom sightseeing

Eszergom, Hungary's ecclesiastical center and seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop, the Basilica and the walls of the acient castle rise imposingly on the Danube's right bank.
The Basilica, as well as being Hungary's largest church, is noteworthy for its remarkable altarpiece depicting the Assumption, which is the largest single-canvas oil-painted altarpiece in the world. The church's stately interior contains Hungary's finest complete Renaissance monument, the Bakócz Chapel, built from red marble. The Cathedral Treasury is the richest in Hungary.

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