Honoring a leader in innate immunity
On June 5 in Berlin, Germany, School of Medicine researcher Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D., received the inaugural Else Kröner Fresenius Award, an international prize for distinguished immunology research created in 2012 by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation (EKFF), one of Germany’s largest philanthropic organizations. The award recognizes Medzhitov’s pioneering contributions to our understanding of the innate immune system, which mounts an immediate defense against infection and provides the
A ‘theory of everything’ for disease?
Theoretical physicists have long sought a grand “theory of everything,” which would account for all the physical phenomena in the universe by unifying Einstein’s general relativity with the so-called standard model based on quantum mechanics. In recent years, some biomedical scientists, including School of Medicine immunobiologists Richard A. Flavell, Ph.D., and Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D., have proposed that deeply understanding inflammatory processes might provide similar unifying insights into