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Funded by European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”. Grant agreement ID: 874764.

Coronavirus related research led by REANIMA researchers: Prof. Ulrike Köhl

Leipzig’s Institute for Clinical Immunology: Special diagnostics and modern treatments

Immunology is an exciting and relatively new medical field that deals with the basics of the human immune system. Generally, the immune system is responsible for the destruction of pathogens and defective body cells. The field has developed so far that immunologists can tell a patient’s treating specialists, such as oncologists, hematologists, rheumatologists, ENT (Ear, nose, and throat) doctors, pediatricians and transfusion physicians, about the type, maturation, and function of important cellular components of the blood.

Today immunologists are harvesting the abilities of the immune system to help it actively use the body’s own defense system in the fight against cancer cells. The result is the so-called immune therapy or immunotherapy. The healthcare and cancer-fighting possibilities seem endless however, all these new treatments present a fundamental problem: even though they’re promising, they do not work for all patients.