IGAS is an international consortium of investigators studying the genetic and immune basis of Ankylosing Spondylitis. The meeting is held every two years for a combined meeting in which we update recent advances in AS, and seek to broaden the scope of research in this disease by inviting leading researchers in related disciplines.
The past meetings of IGAS have been held in Oxford, Houston, Shanghai and Toronto. We are pleased to announce that this year’s meeting will take place in Palermo, Italy, October 12th - 14th, 2017.
Prof. Giovanni Triolo and Prof. Francesco Ciccia
Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC and was a Carthaginian colony. It was taken by the Romans in 254 BC. It subsequently passed into the hands of the Goths (AD 440), the Byzantines (535), the Saracens (831), the Normans (1072), and the Holy Roman emperors (1194).The economy isn't very good, because there are small-medium factories and the unemployment is very diffuse. It is a trading centre for the island's agricultural produce and has factories engaged in food processing, shipbuilding, and the manufacture of furniture, leather products, glass, chemicals, cement, textiles, and paper. This a very beautiful city for its monuments, its nature as the mountains, the sea, the trees and many other things.
The most beautiful places in Palermo are the Cathedral, the Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Royal Palace with the Palatine Chapel and a lot of other places. Near the centre of Palermo, in Saint Pellegrino Mountain, there is the sanctuary of Saint Rosalie, the patron saint of the city. Every year, in the week of the 15th July, there is a feast to celebrate the saint. In September there is a pilgrimage from the centre of Palermo to the sanctuary in S.Pellegrino Mountain.