The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body from infection.
Why Is Immune System Research a Priority for NIAID?
Although scientists have learned much about the immune system, they continue to study how the body targets invading microbes, infected cells, and tumors while ignoring healthy tissues.
How Is NIAID Addressing This Critical Issue?
The combination of new technology and expanded genetic information promises to reveal more about how the body protects itself from disease. In turn, scientists can use this information to develop new strategies for the prevention and treatment of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.