About the Allen Institute for Immunology
The Allen Institute for Immunology is working to understand immune health and define what goes wrong in disease, with the goal of improving how we diagnose, treat and prevent immune-related diseases. We work directly with samples and data from patients and healthy volunteers through unique partnerships with leading research organizations. The complexity of the human immune system requires a large-scale, dedicated research effort to unravel and define how it functions in response to various challenges and how it is regulated. The resources and data we generate will ultimately be open to all through the Allen Human Immune System Explorer.
The mission of the Allen Institute for Immunology is to advance the fundamental understanding of human immunology through the study of immune health and diseases where excessive or impaired immune responses drive pathological processes. The Institute will employ a multi-disciplinary team approach in collaboration with academic centers of human immunology to generate novel mechanistic insights into the immune synapse in health and in diseases such as autoimmunity or oncology. The Institute will simultaneously provide a foundational data set and tools for future immunological research as well as a novel collaboration portal for the broader scientific community.
Millions of people around the world are suffering with — and even dying from — diseases related to the immune system: autoimmune disease, chronic infections, and cancer, among others. Yet we still don’t have anywhere near a complete understanding of what makes a healthy immune system, let alone what goes wrong in that system in disease.