Understanding the Immune Response: Friend or Foe

The immune response is an army of cells and other factors that has evolved to protect us from disease while ignoring our own tissues. When functioning properly, it effectively serves this function. However, when mechanisms fail, the immune response can target our own tissues leading to disease, such as Type I diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Other times, an over-zealous immune response can lead to chronic inflammation. Such is the case with diabetic or pressure ulcers, or more acute damage, such as the cytokine storm contributing to COVID-19 pathology. Join Dr. Jeri-Anne Lyons, AVP for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, to gain insight into the immune response and its role in health and disease.