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Mapping the Immune System
CHORI's Center for Immunobiology & Vaccine Development (CIVD)

The body’s defense mechanism against viruses, bacteria and parasites, the immune system, represents a vast territory yet to be fully explored. “The easy infectious disease problems and vaccines have been solved,” explains Dan Granoff, M.D., senior scientist and Director of the CIVD at CHORI. “Now we’re left with the more difficult ones, such as AIDS, parasitic infections and diseases caused by bacteria that live within the hosts’ cells. Developing vaccines against these will require significant, new scientific insight.”

CHORI’s Center for Immunobiology & Vaccine Development (CIVD) was established to encourage innovation and inquiry into immune system responses through collaborative, cross-disciplinary research. Within the interrelated areas of immunobiology, infectious diseases, pathogenesis, vaccine development and vaccine evaluation, CIVD investigators strive to expand the boundaries of current knowledge to create new vaccines, explore how existing vaccines work, and elucidate the mysteries of individual pathogens in order to find ways to protect against them.

In February 2005, the CIVD opened its biological safety level III lab, which permits experiments with pathogens at the highest levels of safety.  In addition, a DNA “clean room” was established to conduct DNA isolation and PCR amplification under state-of-the-art conditions. With these facilities, CHORI is poised to continue providing groundbreaking research for years to come.

Explore the links in the sidebar menu to discover the CIVD research on immunobiology and vaccine development.

 

 

 

Revised: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:21 AM

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