I had been taking part in the international immunology conference, organised by Prof Yehuda Shoenfeld, held every 2 years in a different European City – this year in glorious Lisbon. Of all the meetings I have been fortunate in attending, this is firmly my favourite. The reason is that this conference covers such a broad spectrum of topics. It is truly a workshop, in which most of us learn so much, I certainly do. The breath of topics is enormous: this year’s meeting for example covered Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Lupus, Hughes Syndrome, new treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis, basic studies on autoimmunity… and food sensitivity. It is this last topic which is featured in this month’s “patient of the month”.