NIAID chairs the NIH Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committee (ADCC), which was established in 1998 at the request of Congress. The purpose of the ADCC is to facilitate coordination of research across NIH, federal agencies, professional societies, and patient and advocacy organizations with an interest in autoimmune diseases. The ADCC meets twice yearly.
Since its inception, the ADCC has developed an initial report to Congress, a subsequent research plan, and an update to the research plan, as follows:
The first ADCC report was published in October 2000 and highlights included emerging opportunities to improve treatment and the development of preventive approaches for autoimmune diseases.
Read the October 2000 Report of the Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committee (PDF).
In December 2002, the ADCC presented its first research plan to Congress. The plan highlighted opportunities to increase understanding of autoimmune diseases at the population, individual, and molecular levels, with a focus on the underlying immune mechanisms common to many of these diseases. The first plan also provided recommendations for future research directions in the following areas:
Read the December 2002 NIH Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committee: Autoimmune Diseases Research Plan (PDF).
In March 2005, the ADCC submitted an updated research plan to Congress. This report summarized NIH funding for autoimmune diseases research, accomplishments, and activities, including ongoing research projects and future initiatives.
Read the March 2005 NIH Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committee: Autoimmune Diseases Research Plan (PDF).
Last Updated April 30, 2012
Last Reviewed April 30, 2012