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October 10, 1966

Researchers' Goals: To Enhance, Suppress Immunologic Response

JAMA. 1966;198(2):35-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110150015005

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I'm not easily excited. But I'm convinced this is one of the most exciting areas of research today."

So commenting, one of 210 investigators from four continents readied himself in Buffalo, NY, for discussion of advances in immunology from biological, pharmacological, and biochemical points of view.

Aspects Emphasized  Several aspects were emphasized during the "Immunity, Cancer and Chemotherapy" symposium at Roswell Park Memorial Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo:

  • Enhancement and suppression of immune response both are significant goals for research;

  • Important knowledge gaps remain with respect to specific effects of drugs at various levels and steps of immunological response;

  • Morphological and/or biochemical changes in the cell in response to specific antigens must be better understood;

  • There is considerable potential for modification of biochemical pathways to alter immune response;

  • Clinical implications, from increased response against cancer and infection to modification of