The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, including NHLBI's Warren J. Leonard, M.D., chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and director of the Immunology Center.
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NHLBI Media Availability: New Form of Interleukin-2 Could Be Fine-Tuned to Fight Disease
WHAT: Scientists are reporting development of a new way to modify interleukin-2 (IL-2), a substance known as a cytokine that plays key roles in regulating immune system responses, in order to fine-tune its actions. Harnessing the action of IL-2 in a controllable fashion is of clinical interest with potential benefit in a range of situations, including transplantation and autoimmune disease.
NIH statement on World Asthma Day 2015
On World Asthma Day 2015, the National Institutes of Health stands with the international community to renew our commitment to advance our understanding of asthma and develop effective strategies to manage and prevent the disease. Within a broad asthma research portfolio, NIH-supported scientists are making progress in understanding how certain exposures—such as to microbes, allergy-triggering substances (allergens) and pollution—may contribute to the development or worsening of asthma, and are working on new approaches to address these factors.
Featured Story of Success
Meeting 26-year old Tiffany McCoy, a bubbly and happy mother, you would never know that she has a serious disease. She is one of about 100,000 Americans with sickle cell disease. Her life, like that of many others with sickle cell disease, has been immeasurably improved because of research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read full story of success...
NHLBI-supported researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified a group of genes that appear to play a key role in the development of congenital heart disease, the most common type of birth defect. The study, conducted in mice, appears in the journal Nature