The Center for Immunology and Immune Therapies brings together clinical and research personnel from multiple medical disciplines across the Mayo Clinic enterprise. These scholars have individual expertise in specific diseases, organ systems and immune response pathways, yet share a mutual commitment to solving problems together. Thus, the center helps improve the understanding of the immune system for the benefit of all patients.
The center strives to build a collaborative environment and a communications infrastructure so that knowledge gained anywhere across the institution can be leveraged to develop new and better treatment paradigms. The emphasis includes advancing immune mechanisms that promote normal growth and healthy aging, and working together to restore hope through new cures.
The center has its roots in three longstanding programs: the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program within the Mayo Cancer Center, the Department of Immunology that focuses on basic laboratory research and the Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapeutics Program for medical fellowships. Building on these areas, the center promotes opportunities for members to network across more traditional departmental and programmatic boundaries. These efforts enhance each of the Mayo shields: patient care, education and research.