Inflammation, Allergy and Autoimmunity
Rapid and specific activation of subpopulations of cells of the immune system is critical
for combating infection and promoting tissue repair. Suppression of immune responses
is required for preventing rejection of transplanted organs and reducing inflammation.
Aberrant and chronic immune responses may result in or exacerbate autoimmune diseases,
tissue destruction and life threatening allergic reactions.
PCOM researchers study the molecular mechanisms regulating immune responses with the
purpose of identifying novel approaches to preventing and slowing the progression
disorders mediated by the immune system. PCOM faculty also participated as researchers
in several clinical trials designed to assess the effects of immunosuppressant drugs
following organ transplantation and the onset of diabetes.