Inflammation acts as the body’s alarm system during infection and injury, and it plays an essential role in the body’s healing processes. Inflammation also responds to other health disruptions triggered by genetic or environmental changes.
Inappropriately regulated inflammation lies at the heart of many human diseases, resulting in pain, loss of normal body functions and disease progression. Sepsis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, stroke, diabetes, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and many cancers arise from dysregulated inflammation. Inflammation affects us all during our lifetimes; the resulting healthcare burden is huge, and is still growing, due to lifestyle choices and our ageing population.
Our research is aimed at understanding and controlling inflammation in these diseases. Innovative approaches are being developed for investigating immune cell functions and disease mechanisms. Ultimately, CIDR aims to discover and develop new drugs, diagnostics and therapeutics to improve the health of our community.
Sourced from: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Asthma Australia, IBD Support Australia, Hepatitis Australia, Gastroenterological Society of Australia.