The human immune system is not only responsible for defense against pathogens, but also plays a key role in origin and therapy of cancer and autoimmune diseases or in organ and stem cell transplantation. Therapeutic approaches taking the immune system’s functions, processes and interactions into account, set up completely new perspectives in transplantation and cancer medicine.
At RCI we want to understand how immune cells can cure tumors, autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection. For this purpose, we analyze functions and interactions of immune cells and their messenger substances in tissues to use this knowledge in the development of modern pharmaceuticals against these diseases. Our special focus lies in on the development of cell therapeutics and their testing in early clinical trials.