(1) Immunobiology and immunochemistry studies: (a) investigate the biology and chemistry of the immune system and its products; and (b) projects in lymphocyte biology supporting multi-disciplinary efforts in immunobiology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and immunochemistry with the goal of developing the capability to intervene and manipulate the immune system in health and disease.
Particular focus is given to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
(2) Research in genetics and transplantation biology: (a) encompasses a broad approach to clarify how genes and gene products affect the immune response system, the goal being to understand the genetic and immunologic mechanisms involved in organ transplantation and in resistance or susceptibility to disease.
(3) Studies in asthma and allergic diseases: (a) involve the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of both naturally occurring and acquired allergic diseases; and (b) asthma studies include both primary and predisposing factors.
(4) Research in immunologic diseases: (a) investigates the underlying mechanisms of disease, as well as applications of basic knowledge to the etiology, prevention, and management of immunologic disorders; and (b) utilizes either of two disciplinary approaches - clinical immunology or immunopathology.
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