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Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center
The Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center at Harvard, dedicated in November 2007, is a unique endeavor - a new facility, a new home, and a new vision for graduate education in immunology. No similar attempt to provide specifically designed space for a graduate sciences program has ever been made in the United States.

The Center provides a meaningful contribution to the development of a new generation of highly trained immunologists at a time when research in immunology has emerged as the key to treatment, prevention, and cures for a host of deadly and debilitating diseases.

The Center serves as a focal point for the most dynamic and diverse community of immunologists in the world and maximizes collaboration between faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students in the graduate program in Immunology, as well as throughout the Longwood medical area.

Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center
Artist's rendering of the new
Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center
at Harvard Medical School.
The Center includes:
  • Fred S. Rosen Lecture Hall
  • Robert A. Good Library
  • Reception Facilities
  • Conference Room
  • Visiting Professor Office
  • Program Director and Faculty Offices
  • Graduate Student "Idea Exchange"
  • Graduate Student Reading Room
The two towering giants who are generally considered to be the founders of modern immunology were Dr. Robert A. Good and Dr. Fred S. Rosen. With respect, admiration and appreciation for their tremendous contributions, the Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center at Harvard Medical School is home for the Robert A. Good Library and Fred S. Rosen Lecture Hall.

Pediatrician, immunologist, microbiologist and pathologist Dr. Robert A. Good had numerous research achievements over the past half century. He is credited with discovery of the thymus and defined our understanding of T and B cell lymphocyte systems. He performed the first successful bone marrow transplant in 1968 to cure SCID and other severe genetic Immunodeficiencies. He identified and defined at least 9 specific defects and is credited with the discovery of Chronic Granulomotous Disease (CGD).

One of the world's foremost authorities on immunology and Primary Immunodeficiencies, Dr. Rosen was the distinguished James Gamble Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He was Chief of the Department of Immunology at the Boston Children's Hospital for more than 17 years. His research focused on the pathogenesis of Primary Immunodeficiencies which afflict children. He was an outstanding clinician, researcher and teacher, and enjoyed the respect and warm admiration of students, colleagues, and friends spanning the globe. During his tenure as president and scientific director of the CBR Institute (1987-2005) he transformed CBRI into a world class institution for our understanding of immune defense and inflammation.

Immunology: The Future
With the decoding of the human genome, the next great challenge is to make an accounting of the thousands of proteins which are expressed by our genes. Researchers are now mapping and tracking proteins involved in the immune system, a key step in understanding the pathways of immunity.

Vaccines that protect against all manner of infectious diseases are among the most important contributions made by the discipline of immunology.

Advances in the understanding of immune response promise to yield novel therapies for diseases ranging from cancer to AIDS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and devastating Primary Immunodeficiency diseases. Many conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer's appear to be linked to a state of chronic inflammation triggered by the immune response.
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