Research Report 2011

Inside This Issue


  • Over the last few decades there has been an increasing realization that inflammation is the primary culprit in a host of diseases ranging from cancer and heart disease to Alzheimer’s. The realization that inflammation drives disease has created an urgent need to understand its complex interconnections with immunity and infection.  iCubed is a new initiative that explores these complex interactions. Today, NYU School of Medicine researcher scientists are advancing the understanding of how these three biological protagonists contribute to disease; their insights could yield new therapies for diseases that affect millions of people.

iCubed Collaborations

NYU School of Medicine scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center are deeply involved in all three components of iCubed. 

  • Adrian Erlebacher, MD, PhD, Alan Frey, PhD, and Juan José LaFaille, PhD, Restoring the Immune System’s Brakes in Diabetes
  • Yusuf Yazici, MD, Geographic Clues to Behçets
  • Zhiheng Pei, MD, PhD, Jiri Zavadil, PhD, Constantin Aliferis, MD, PhD, Changing Bacterial Communities May Spur Cancer
  • Demetre Daskalakis, MD, A Bathhouse Setting to Study HIV
  • Kathryn Moore, PhD, Carlos Fernandez-Hernando, PhD, Edward Fisher, MD, PhD, How “Good” Cholesterol May Resolve Plaques
  • Gregg Silverman, MD, Natural Antibodies Fight Inflammation
  • Steven B. Abramson, MD, Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD, Jose U. Scher, MD, A Bacterial Basis for Arthritis?
  • P’ng Loke, PhD, Parasitic Worms Quell Colitis
  • Jennifer A. Phillips, MD, PhD, Joel Ernst, MD, Heran Darwin, PhD, How an Ancient Foe, TB, Subverts Immunity
  • Susan Schwab, PhD, Directing the Immune System’s Traffic
  • Denise Joy Harrison, MD, Juan José Lafaille, PhD, In 9/11 Aftermath, Continuing High Rates of Asthma

Topics Include: New research faculty; research funding; high-impact published research; honors.