Defending the body against autoimmune-related tissue damage
Our immune system is a complex set of cells and tissues that protect the body from invaders such as viruses or bacteria. Sometimes, however, this system goes awry and mistakes our own cells as invaders and repeatedly attacks them— this is called autoimmunity. Researchers in the Feinstein Institute’s Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases focus on major types of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, hearing disorders, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and disc degeneration. We extensively research the function of risk genes and the mechanisms of tissue injury and develop novel therapies to treat them.