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The La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI) is a nonprofit medical research center whose research focuses on four major areas: autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes; cancer and stimulating immune responses against tumors; allergy and asthma; and infectious diseases such as those caused by the smallpox and West Nile viruses. In collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, LIAI‘s Emerging Infectious Disease and Biodefense Center -- focused on disease such as West Nile virus, avian flu, SARS and smallpox -- is developing the world’s largest database on how the immune system responds to infectious disease. LIAI researchers recently announced a combination therapy that may cure type 1 diabetes in the early stages, and a new antibody that potentially could be used for the treatment of smallpox. According to Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., President and Scientific Director of LIAI, “This unique collaboration – involving a nonprofit research institution, a biopharmaceutical company and a renowned medical teaching institution -- holds great promise for speeding the translation of basic research discoveries into treatments and cures for a wide range of human diseases.”

LIAI contact information: Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., President and Scientific Director, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, 9420 Athena Circle, La Jolla, CA 92037 USA; (858) 752-6500, media representative Bonnie Ward, , (619) 303-3160; Web: http://liai.org

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