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New institute seeks cures for autoimmune diseases

THE Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies was established today to boost the research and development of antibody drugs for cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases and autoimmunity.

The institute, which is under Shanghai Science and Technology University, will also create a map of human cell surface antigens, establish a human antibody library, and do pre-clinical animal tests.

Shanghai will hold a conference tomorrow on the research of regulatory T Cells which modulate the immune system. T Cells hold clues to the causes of HIV/AIDS and autoimmune diseases like arthritis.

Local scientists have made progress in the research of regulatory T Cells, which will enable them to solve the problem of rejection after an organ transplant or stem cell transplant for leukemia patients.

"We have finished animal studies on the therapy and will start clinical test soon," said Zhou Xiaohui, a researcher at Shanghai East Hospital.


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