An intact immune system protects us against infections and cancer. A malfunctioning immune system can therefore cause a wide range of diseases. In Germany, around ten percent of the population suffers from an immune-mediated disease, of which there are over 100 different types.

They include allergies, inflammatory neurological disorders, enteritis, rheumatism and diabetes. As well as weighing heavily on the patients and their families, immune-mediated diseases also have considerable economic costs. And there is still no cure for many of them — in part, because we do not fully understand them.

The aim of the Leibniz Research Network "Immune-Mediated Diseases" is to research and explain the mechanisms underlying these diseases and to develop suitable treatments. Leibniz Institutes working in a wide range of specialist disciplines are involved in this network.

Prof Carsten Watzl
Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo)
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