The laboratory research component of the F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute has, at its foundation, a group of senior investigators with specializations representing each of the major scientific disciplines.
Dr. David Underhill directs the basic science effort in immunobiology. An expert in innate immunity, he completes a full circle approach to laboratory mucosal immunology research. Translational research is supported in that basic science studies are frequently performed in association with clinical trials. At present, the laboratory research component is poised to bring a number of significant findings to scientific fruition, crossing the threshold into the realm of translational research. Expanded funding will allow us to move multiple projects forward at one time and to focus efforts on those most likely to affect patient care.
These investigations further elucidate disease causes and courses, identify patients most likely to benefit from a certain treatment option, and lend clues for future drug development.
Basic science is supported by a solid foundation of funding from the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies and private foundations.
The F. Widjaja Foundation IBIRI works closely with the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Medical Education Program. The laboratories and investigators mentor and train graduate medical students.