The immune system protects our body and discriminates between self and non-self. A complex network of cells, signaling pathways and molecules can recognize pathogens and prevent infections. On the other hand, dysregulation of the immune system may direct the system against the body's own structures and cause autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and diabetes. The mission of the Institute for immunology is to discover cellular functions and molecular pathways of the immune system, which enable a deeper understanding of immune mechanisms for improvement of disease prevention, vaccination and control of autoimmunity. The Institute is training students, postdoctoral fellows and other young scientists and physicians to become experienced in immunology.
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