The Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases of Ospedale San Raffaele investigates the development and function of the immune system in health and in several pathological conditions. The immune system is a complex system of molecules, cells and tissues responsible of combating external and internal insults: an intact immune system is essential for maintaining our health and its dysfunctions are associated with increased susceptibility to infection or the development of inflammation, autoimmunity, allergy or cancer.
The Division harbors more than 170 scientists from basic and clinical areas who belong to 42 research units, which work both on independent projects and integrated multidisciplinary programs focusing on specific pathological conditions (31 basic research units and 11 clinical research units).
Studies on fundamental mechanisms underlying the immune cell physiology are performed and compared with the alterations characterizing pathological processes, aiming at both elucidating the molecular bases of diseases and defining new therapeutic strategies. The continuous interaction with the excellent clinical activities performed at the Ospedale San Raffaele prompts ideal connections among the basic and clinical research and allows the investigation of a wide range of pathological conditions such as cancer, infections, autoimmune diseases, allergy and organ transplantation.
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