InFLAMES - Solution is in Immunity
The InFLAMES Flagship (Innovation Ecosystem based on the Immune System) is a joint effort of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University aiming at being an internationally recognized, top-level, immunological research and development cluster which will be globally attractive both for the researchers and business partners.
Normal immune defence system is vital for health. Overactivity of the immune system leads to the development of autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and juvenile diabetes. Too weak immune responses, on the other hand, predispose us to cancer and severe bacterial and viral infections.The medicinal treatments towards immune system are in many cases effective, but so far they are generally helpful to only a small fraction of the patients.
According to the goals of the flagship InFLAMES is focused on conducting top-level research, advancing the co-operation between university and busines sectors, promotes entrepreneurship and improves the commercialization of the new scientific discoveries. InFLAMES is actively searching for new immunological medicinal approaches and developing the further together with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. At the same time we are developing and improving diagnostic methods to facilitate a more personalized treatment on patients.
Turku has been the foundation and leader of Finnish immunological research for the past 50 years. The study area of the InFLAMES Flagship is in the heart of both host organizations University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. It will include joint and coordinated efforts of more than 300 researchers.
InFLAMES Doctoral Module
The InFLAMES Flagship offers a yearly doctoral module for the doctoral candidates in the fields of immunology, immunology-based drug development and/or diagnostics. Applying for the doctoral module is possible during the doctoral programme call of applications.