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NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NIAID/      

National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases: Mission


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducts and supports research to study the causes of allergic, immunologic, and infectious diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing, and treating these illnesses.

Encompassed in the institute mission are studies on the following:

  • The immune system, its genetic control, maturation, characteristics, and manipulation.

  • Disorders of the immune system including asthma and allergic diseases, immune deficiencies, and autoimmunity.

  • The etiology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of all types of infections (including those caused by viruses, mycoplasma, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) involving a variety of organ systems.

  • The diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all types of infections including research on antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral therapy; and development of new and improved vaccines.


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