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Dear colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the "13th International Workshop on Pathogenesis and Host Response in Helicobacter Infections" at Konventum (LO-skolen) in Helsingør north of Copenhagen, July 4-7, 2018. The Workshop is organized by the European Study Group on Pathogenesis and Immunology in Helicobacter Infections, shortened to Helicobacter Pathogenesis and Immunology (HPI), which is affiliated to the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group (EHMSG). Despite the changes in the EHMSG, the HPI-2018 will still focus on the basic mechanisms of the host’s interaction with Helicobacter species, but will also include more comparative microbiology in areas where molecular mechanisms have been detected.

HPI was founded in Copenhagen in 1992 by scientists working on Helicobacter infections with the main purpose of stimulating the collaboration between scientific groups. One approach to realize this goal is to arrange basic science meetings on pathogenesis and immunology. Pathophysiology, diagnosis, antimicrobial agents and susceptibility testing are not the main subjects of the meetings although basic mechanisms underlying these fields are of some relevance to the workshop. The 2018 Helicobacter workshop in Helsingør will focus on:

  • Motility, adhesion and colonization of Helicobacter species
  • Molecular mechanisms causing inflammation
  • Molecular genetics and virulence factors
  • Genomics and other -mics of Helicobacter species
  • Cellular and humoral immune response and vaccines
  • Carcinogenesis in Helicobacter infections
  • New Helicobacter species and extragastric Helicobacter infections
  • Experimental animal models
  • Metabolism and treatment targets in Helicobacter infections
  • Comparative microbiology, such as chronic infection and biofilm

These disciplines are essential for understanding the development of chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastric cancer and MALT lymphoma, as well as the extragastric manifestations of Helicobacter infections in humans and in experimental animal models.

The workshops are international meetings with special focus on young scientists presenting original unpublished work and the interaction with invited specialists presenting keynote lectures.

We look forward to seeing you in Helsingør in July 2018.

Best regards

Leif Percival Andersen
Dept. of Clinical Microbiology 9301

Sebastian Suerbaum
Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology
Hannover Medical School

Thomas Borén
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
Umea University,

Freddy Haesebrouck
Dep of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
Ghent University - Merelbeke,

Local Organizing Committee

Annemieke Smet, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Karen A. Krogfelt, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark
Lene Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ming Chen, Sønderborg Hospital, Denmark
Sara Lindén, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Tove Frandsen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Agnes Tving Stauning, Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Rie Louise Møller Nordestgaard, Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Malene Roed Spiegelhauer, Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Scientific Committee (International advisory board):

Manuel Amieva, USA
John Atherton, UK
Mario D’Elios, Italy
Hilde De Reuse, France
Lars Engstrand, Sweden
Richard Ferrero, Australia
Markus Gerhard, Germany
Rainer Haas, Germany
Bow Ho, Singapore
Christine Josenhans, Germany
Ichizo Kobayashi, Japan
Hazel Mitchell, Australia
Sukanya Raghavan, Sweden
Karen Robinson, UK
Jay Solnick, USA
Dionyssios Sgouras, Greece
Phil Sutton, Australia
Arnoud van Vliet, United Kingdom


Organised by Helicobacter Research Center Oresund (HRCO)
in collaboration with DGHM Task Force "Gastrointestinal Infections"

Group photograph HPI2016

It was again a very successful conference, with many interesting presentations and discussions. Above is the group photo of the 2016 conference.

Participants 2012

Group photo 2012, taken by Ben Appelmelk (download full size version, 10 MB)


Last updated: 21 June, 2018