About the Program in Immunology

The multi-disciplinary Program in Immunology consists of over 100 UAB Faculty who identify themselves as basic or clinical immunologists and are members of multiple units at UABA desire for excellence on the part of the UAB faculty, coupled with the relative youth of the institution, has promoted a collective attitude of interdepartmental cooperation and collegiality.

With over $45M in FY 2008 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the two NIH funding agencies most focused on host defense, immunology, and inflammation research, this represented about 25% of the entire NIH research portfolio at UAB.

UAB is the home of several internationally prominent research programs, e.g., Developmental Immunology, Mucosal Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Division, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center, Host Defense, Virology and Vaccine Biology.  Newer programs in Cancer Immunology, Allergy, Immunogenetics, Inflammation and Tissue Injury, Transplantation Immunology, Neuroimmunology, and Basic Immunology of the T cell and innate systems are poised to become highly competitive.

For a brief history of the Program in Immunology at UAB, written by Dr. Claude Bennett, please click here.

Mission and Goals

The Program in Immunology was created to enhance the wide distribution of immunology-related research at UAB. This trans-departmental program seeks to enhance communication among faculty in order to identify and stimulate additional synergies across campus. The main goals of the program are to:

          • Facilitate research through coordination and collaboration
          • Establish a committed Program Administration that broadly represents participating Departments and Centers to implement cross-cutting activities
          • Enhance state-of-the-art technologies, including model systems, imaging, and cell therapeutics
          • Advance the translational research capacity, including pre- and post-doctoral training improvements
          • Establish a graduate training program in Immunology.

Immunology at UAB - News

John Kearney, PhD, Preeyam Patel, PhD and Rodney King, PhD reported in the Journal of Immunology that vaccination of newborn mice with bacteria suppresses asthma as adults

“To get the immune system to respond to the vaccine, you have to think about its response to the adapted form of HIV, and focus on those parts of the virus that are most difficult to undergo adaptation”, says Paul Goepfert, MD. More

An $1.8 million Department of Defense grant just awarded to S. Louis Bridges, JR, MD, PhD and Chander Raman, Ph.D., to uncover molecular changes explaining how rheumatoid arthritis leads to joint damage. For details, click here.

New model: how asthma develops from exposure to house dust mites – Beatriz Leon-Ruiz, PhD and Andre Ballesteros-Tato, PhD - More

Mohamed Khass, PhD, Peter Burrows, PhD and Harry W. Schroeder, Jr., MD, PhD discover  checkpoint in B cell development with possible implications on vaccine potency

John Kearney, PhD named an American Association of Immunologists career awardee recipient

Boppana Receives Inaugural Congenital Cytomegalovirus Award

Microbiology Professor Jiri Mestecky, M.D., Ph.D., has completed the fourth edition of "Mucosal Immunology," the only comprehensive reference covering the basic science and clinical manifestations of mucosal immunology

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