Episode # 55 The Application of HRF Inhibitor to Asthma Therapy
Toshiaki Kawakami, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, La Jolla Institute for Immunology Center for Autoimmunity and Inflammation
We spoke with Professor Toshiaki Kawakami or Toshi as his colleagues and students call him. He is one of the leaders of La Jolla Institute for Immunology was established in 1988 by a coalition of leaders from academia and industry. These leaders envisioned a unique and dynamic partnership between basic science and applied research, one that would lead to breakthroughs in the understanding of the immune system and improve human health through the development of treatments and cures for immune system disorders. Dr. Toshia’s lab studies inflammatory diseases such as allergic asthma, food allergies and Crohn’s disease, which have been rising in prevalence for the last several decades. He is particularly interested in histamine-releasing factor (HRF) and its role in promoting inflammation in the lung and gut.
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