Duke Immunology: Excellence in Research and Training
The immune system defends us against infection and provides surveillance against tissue damage and cancer. Studies of the immune system are therefore essential to understanding and treating a myriad of diseases. Exciting discoveries in immunology promise, and are delivering, better vaccines to protect against infection, new approaches to suppress allergy, inflammation, autoimmunity and transplant rejection, and new tools to attack cancer.
The Department of Immunology and the Graduate Program in Immunology are celebrating their 25th anniversary. For many years immunologists were housed in the Division of Immunology within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, with D. Bernard Amos (and later, Peter Cresswell) serving as Division Chief. It was only in 1992, with the intent of growing and strengthening research and education in immunology, that we were given formal department status and established an independent graduate program.