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Center for Human Immunology (CHI)

Edited by Robert B. Nussenblatt (Laboratory of Immunology, National Eye Institute), Bibiana Bielekova (Neuroimmunology Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke), Richard Childs (Hematology Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), Alan Krensky (Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute), Warren Strober (Mucosal Immunity Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), and Giorgio Trinchieri (Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute), for the Center for Human Immunology, Autoimmunity and Inflammation, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
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Center for Human Immunology (CHI)

Published: July 2010

Volume 1200

This meeting report presents the National Institutes of Heath -- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Center for Human Immunology (CHI) first "Meeting the Human Immunology Challenge" Symposium, held September 3-4, 2009.
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Although studies of the laboratory mouse model have laid the groundwork for our rich understanding of immunobiology, they have fallen short in deciphering human disease and providing much needed therapeutic modalities. Indeed, bench-to-bedside approaches have not been a particularly effective means of developing translational research. Recently, a symposium was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) entitled “Meeting the Human Immunology Challenge,” highlighting the opportunities for the new Intramural NIH Center for Human Immunology, Autoimmunity, and Inflammation. Among other things it has become clear that a broader definition of the human immune spectrum in health and disease is needed. The human immunology meeting was held in the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, on September 3 and 4, 2009.