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La Jolla Institute for Immunology Awarded $22 Million Contract Renewal

The La Jolla Institute for Immunology will keep running — and expand — a database popular with researchers developing new treatments and vaccines through a re-upped contract.

At no cost researchers can access the Immune Epitope Database, which holds data on how the immune system responds to allergen and other stimuli. Under the $22 million contract, which was awarded by the National Institutes of Health, the institute is slated to manage the database until 2025.

The database has more than 530,000 epitopes — molecular structures used by the immune system to tell friend from foe — involved in autoimmunity, infectious and allergic diseases, as well as organ and tissue transplantation. It’s the largest repository of its kind, according to the institute.

A goal going forward is to synthesize a proliferation of large datasets in recent years.

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Researchers worldwide tap the database for help in developing new or improved vaccines against infectious diseases like tuberculosis, as well as autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes.

The database has been co-led since inception in 2003 by Alessandro Sette and Bjoern Peters of the institute.

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