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January 12, 2024

New Grant Fuels Research Into Preventing Autoimmunity

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January 11, 2024

John Ray, PhD, Receives NIH New Innovator Award

The prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award provides significant funding for innovative research that holds the promise of high rewards. And BRI geneticist John Ray, PhD, just received one.
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January 11, 2024

Ready for This Moment: Exploring Prevention of Ulcerative Colitis

Adam Lacy-Hulbert, PhD, was reading through the latest scientific papers when one finding stopped him in his tracks: Groups from Kyoto University and Mount Sinai described an autoantibody specific to people with ulcerative colitis (UC).
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January 10, 2024

On the Brink of a Golden Age of Medicine

"I know we will reach that golden age, and BRI’s research in human immunology is the vehi¬cle that will take us there. This field has shepherded incredible advances in recent years, including new vaccines, new cancer treatments, and new and better treatment options for autoimmune disease."
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September 28, 2023

Meet BRI's Summer 2023 Interns

Each summer, BRI hosts undergraduate interns from universities across the country. They join various BRI labs and departments to take on research projects with mentorship from our scientists. Meet this year's interns and learn about the exciting projects they worked on.
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September 25, 2023

Participants Like Mikaela Fuel Research Advances

Participating in a clinical trial for type 1 diabetes (T1D) was easy for 9-year-old Mikaela. “Everyone was really nice. I just had to drink a milkshake with some medicine in it and get an IV.
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September 21, 2023

Revolutionary Microscope to Fuel Immunology Breakthroughs

What if we could take a blood sample from a person with rheumatoid arthritis, zero in on the immune cells that cause the disease, and watch what they’re doing in real-time video?
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September 19, 2023

An Insider's Look Into Clinical Trials at BRI

Before medicines become widely available, they have to be rigorously tested — first in the lab, then in people through clinical trials.
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June 30, 2023

Big Data Reveals Surprising Defense Against COVID-19

“If you’d asked me in March 2020, I’d have said the pandemic was going to be really bad for my asthma patients. But we saw the opposite,” says Matt Altman, MD, MPhil, who treats patients with allergies and asthma at UW Medicine and conducts research at BRI.
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June 30, 2023

What Do T Cells Like to Eat? The Answer Could Stop Multiple Sclerosis

Cells, like people, get their energy from sugars, proteins and fats. Many cells have highly specialized diets — think of some loving kale while others prefer Texas BBQ.
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June 30, 2023

To Belgium and Back Again to Study Beta Cells

BRI researchers are working to develop a groundbreaking new approach to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D). They aim to turn T cells that cause T1D into regulatory T cells (Tregs) that protect you from T1D.
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