Understanding how the immune system works can unlock new treatments for diseases and conditions such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, allergies and infectious diseases (e.g. COVID-19). New therapeutic approaches may provide solutions to preventing, treating and potentially curing debilitating and deadly diseases.
Translating new discoveries into innovative treatments
Researchers are translating laboratory discoveries into innovative treatments. For example, treatments for multiple sclerosis include drugs that affect the function of immune cells. Investigators are looking at whether they can harness the immune system to treat people with brain cancer, while others are examining treatments to stop the immune system from attacking and destroying insulin-producing cells in the pancreas in type 1 diabetes.
In the field of regenerative medicine, scientists and clinicians are exploring the role of immune cells in stem cell transplantation and how they can improve outcomes for people who undergo these treatments.
Image caption: Antibodies attacking SARS-CoV-2 virus, the conceptual 3D illustration for COVID-19 treatment, diagnosis and prevention.
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