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Plenary Lectures

Inflammation, a metanarrative from cancer to COVID-19
Alberto Mantovani, Italy

Targeting neuroinflammation: novel therapeutic approaches for neuropathic pain
Daniela Salvemini, United States

Glucocorticoids in the control of inflammation: role of Gilz and Gitr
Carlo Riccardi, Italy

Endothelial lipid metabolism as modulator of inflammatory responses
William Sessa, United States

Welcome Messages

Welcome Message of the Scientific Committee

The 15th World Congress on Inflammation (WCI2021) will be in Rome for the first time in 2021. The Congress will bring together researchers, clinicians, industry representatives, advocacy groups, and decision-makers across the field of inflammation.
WCI2021 will include latest developments in basic, translational and clinical research on inflammation, including cell biology, signalling, genetic, inflammatory/autoimmune diseases, new biomarkers and new therapeutics approaches for human diseases.
The biennial WCI Congress, that will bring together a number of Scientific Societies within the International Association of Inflammation Societies and others Scientific Societies who attend the Congress, will represent a key opportunity to share knowledge across borders and professional disciplines as we work towards a common goal of improving the understanding and therapeutic control of inflammatory diseases.
The congress will enhance the international community’s knowledge base and will provide new opportunities for international collaboration.
On behalf of the Congress Organising Committee, we would like to invite you to attend and support the WCI 2021 here in Italy from 5-9 September, 2021. The congress will be hosted for the first time in Italy, in Rome and will be organized in Hotel Ergife.


Corrado Blandizzi
Giuseppe Cirino
Salvatore Cuzzocrea
Giorgio Racagni
Carlo Riccardi

Welcome Message of the President of the IAIS

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The World Congress of Inflammation 2021 (WCI- 2021) to be held in Rome, Italy, from September 5th to 9th 2021 promises to be an unforgettable event that will bring together delegates from all over the world with a common interest: inflammation research and treatment of inflammationrelated diseases. The congress co-organized by the International Association of Inflammation Societies (IAIS) and the Italian Society of Pharmacology (SIF) will gather international leaders at the forefront of inflammation research, presenting the most recent advances in both basic science and clinical translation.
Considerable advances have been made in our comprehension of inflammation-related diseases, and recent scientific breakthroughs have paved the way to novel therapeutic approaches. This congress will provide a unique opportunity for networking, educational and scientific exchanges for government, academic, clinical, industry, or health care professionals. We value and encourage the active participation and contribution of all professionals interested in inflammation. Attending the conference will also provide the delegates with a unique opportunity to enjoy eternal and magnificent Rome, during one of the most pleasant season.
We look forward to welcoming you at WCI-2021, for a never-to-be-forgotten professional and life experience.


Nathalie VERGNOLLE
President of the IAIS