Unlocking the Secrets of the Immune System

Our immune system is a diverse and complex group of cells that patrol the body and eliminate infection and even cancer cells. Unfortunately, the immune system can sometimes become overly active, ramping up inflammation and targeting our own healthy tissue. When this happens the immune system can wreak havoc on the body, causing a diverse range of debilitating diseases, from inflammatory bowel disease to multiple sclerosis and even Alzheimer’s disease. Professor Steffen Jung and his team at the Weizmann Institute of Science hope to identify new ways to keep these rogue immune cells in check, which may offer new ways to treat autoimmune diseases of the gut and brain.