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Keywords:

  • Immunological memory;
  • rheumatic diseases;
  • inflammation

Immunological memory is not only protective against recurrent pathogens but it also contributes to the pathogenesis of chronic inflammation, especially in rheumatic diseases. The Joint Meeting of the Henry Kunkel Society (HKS) and the Research Consortium IMPAM (IMprinting of the PAthogenic Memory for rheumatic inflammation), which took place in June 2012 in Berlin, was devoted to discussing the basic mechanisms involved in the generation and maintenance of immunological memory, as well as the implications of immunological memory for the pathogenesis and therapy of rheumatic diseases, cancer and vaccine development as outlined in this Meeting Report.