As part of our dynamic academic mission in the Division of Allergy and Immunology, we are conducting laboratory and clinical research to gain new knowledge and improve the treatment options for millions of people who live with allergies and chronic immune system conditions. Our dedicated scientists are moving forward with exciting basic science and clinical studies that target these serious problems. Research directions include the study of severe asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis, food allergy, drug allergy, occupational immunologic lung disease, improved allergen immunotherapy, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, venom anaphylaxis, chronic urticaria (also known as chronic hives), eczema and others. Many of these have direct translational components that have the potential one day to change the way we diagnose and treat allergic diseases.
T32 Training Grant
Funded by a National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant, the Northwestern University Allergy and Immunology Research Program trains MD and PhD postdoctoral scientists in translational research.
Within our division, we have a leading group of investigators studying chronic rhinosinusitis, supported by an NIH program project grant (P60). We have a growing consortium of faculty studying both basic mechanisms and clinical consequences of food allergies, and we have a number of NIH-funded studies of important molecular entities involved in allergic disease, including chemokines, cytokines, glucocorticoids, tocopherols and others.
Our investigators are also studying gene expression patterns involved in disease and cells and cell signaling processes driving allergic reactions and have active research programs focusing on eosinophils and Siglecs, B cells and plasma cells, mast cells and basophils, mechanisms of immune tolerance, glucocorticoid receptor isoforms and specific antibody deficiency, among others. Many of these have direct translational components that have the potential one day to change the way we diagnose and treat allergic diseases.
Learn more about the labs working within our division.
Research Centers and Programs
Discover the connections between our division and many of the innovative research centers throughout Northwestern Medicine:
- Chronic Rhinosinusitis Integrative Studies Program (CRISP)
Robert Schleimer, PhD; Program Director
We have ongoing studies of asthma epidemiology, genetics, severe asthma, asthma in minorities, exacerbations and therapy.
Read about the latest discoveries within our division.