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Message from the Director

The mission of the Temple Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research (CILR) is to promote basic, pre-clinical, translational and clinical research in the field of inflammation and lung disease. It is also our objective to train scientists interested in the study of these processes, and to broaden the awareness and understanding of lung disease in the community. We are committed to the dissemination of information which will increase the understanding of the causes of lung disease, and how the development of lung disease can be reduced and the lung disease can be most appropriately treated.

We are a group of basic and clinical scientists and physician scientists with a common interest in understanding the mechanisms that are involved in the development of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases, particularly those that involve the lung. We have an interest in elucidating the molecular and cellular basis for these diseases, and we are actively engaged in efforts to develop novel therapeutics and advanced methods for the proper diagnosis of lung disease. We combine diverse expertise in the basic and clinical sciences, and our research spans areas which include immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology. Our objective is to understand how basic processes of innate and adaptive immunity evolve into chronic disease, and we have adopted a number of inter-departmental and multi-disciplinary approaches to move our research forward. The essence of our work is collaborative, and our success has been the result of the combined efforts of individuals both here at Temple University and a number of outstanding institutions elsewhere.

We have an intensive commitment to our educational mission, which is directed to medical students, undergraduate and graduate students, residents and postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and their development as independent investigators. We utilize state-of-the-art research approaches so that we can prepare our scientists-in-training with research abilities that will be relevant well into the future.

Thomas J. Rogers, PhD