Report Final Conference of COST Action BM1007 (2011-2015)

Mast Cells and Basophils – Targets for Innovative Therapies

The COST Action BM1007 Mast cells and Basophils – Targets for Innovative Therapies has completed its work and closed the Action by the final COST Conference in March 2015 in Berlin. Four very productive years have passed in which many activities have been conducted by the support of COST. 24 countries and 2 observer countries participated in the Action and the Action working groups achieved more than 200 active members. Over that period, more than 50 publications acknowledging the strategic support of COST have been published in a variety of high-ranking peer-reviewed journals. The network has also published a concise book on methods and protocols currently used by different labs in the field of mast cell and basophil research. The COST action has organized four annual conferences, each of which hosted more than 300 participants and two very productive training schools for early stage researchers in Nottingham and Jerusalem have been made possible. In addition, the Action supported 36 Short-Term-Scientific-Missions (STSM) exchanging students between collaborating labs and institutes. The COST Action has established a frequently visited website (about 10.000 visits per year) which offers the opportunity to directly catch up with different researchers in the field of interest facilitated by the MastoBasoWiki, a platform in which researchers all over Europe presenting their specific research topic.

We want to thank all participants for their great enthusiasm and commitments for the COST Action, which certainly will continue to effectively and positively influence the world in mast cell and basophil research!

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