The goal of The IBD Immunologist is to provide you coverage of the latest IBD research news and with the basic immunology background needed to understand it. The most exciting new research on IBD is focused on the immune system. This site will help you stay abreast of the latest information.
Here you will find weekly reviews of literature from high impact scientific journals. Our aim is to make these reviews concise, yet still comprehensive. We provide background as necessary and demonstrate links between articles that may, at first glance, seem unrelated. We also provide resources that IBD researchers need to further their own careers.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), IBD affects approximately 400/100,000 individuals worldwide with a total IBD population in the United States of about 1.4 million patients. The loss of life quality for these individuals is enormous and they face a lifetime of drug use and possible surgery. For more information about IBD, visit the “what is inflammatory bowel disease?” page.
Immunology is the study of the immune system and a good working knowledge of immunology is key to understanding the fine points of IBD. Uncontrolled inflammation characterizes IBD, and inflammation is controlled by the cells of the immune system. For more information about immunology, begin with the “basic immunology” page.
IBD and Immunology: New Drugs?
Researching IBD from the perspective of immunology is proving fruitful. One the most successful drugs for IBD is anti-tumor necrosis factor α (anti-TNFα), which is also known as Remicade® or Humira®. TNFα is an extremely important factor produced by immune cells called, macrophages, and it alerts other immune cells causing inflammation and fever. More knowledge about these kinds of interactions will pave the way for new treatments of IBD. To learn more about the most exciting IBD immunology research areas visit the post, 5 Hot Topics in IBD Research.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Mary E. Morgan, the editor and founder of The IBD Immunologist, please feel free to look at the about me page.