Tel Aviv University to Open Research Center for Autoimmune Diseases

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 Tel Aviv University to Open Research Center for Autoimmune Diseases

On Sunday, TAU Tel Aviv University announced the opening of Israel's first interdisciplinary center for the study of autoimmune diseases.
The Colton Center will collaborate with leading medical centers and health services in the country, as well as with scientists from other academic institutions.

According to the university, its goal — provide big data analysis of medical information and biological samples from patients with autoimmune diseases and contribute to the understanding of the causes of morbidity, as well as their early diagnosis and treatment./

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The Colton Center was funded by TAU executives Judith and Stuart Colton, who donated $10 million to the cause. This is the fourth research center founded by the Colton family to combat autoimmune diseases, joining three centers already operating in the US – at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.

Autoimmune diseases encompass more than 100 diseases in which the immune system attacks healthy body tissues instead of pathogens. Examples of these diseases include lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and Crohn's disease.

“Although autoimmune diseases have been known to science since the early 20th century, we still lack adequate tools for prevention , treatment or prediction of morbidity and recurrent exacerbations”, – said Stuart Colton, adding that the new center will hold joint workshops and conferences with the other three Colton centers.

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