The Institute of Innate Immunity was established at the University of Bonn's Medical Faculty in 2010 as the first of its kind in Germany. The innate immune system responds to microbial products and host factors that arise during tissue damage and metabolic dysregulation. Innate immune activation is important for the control of infections and overactivation can lead to inflammatory disease states. An international group of scientists work together with the major aims of:
The institute is directed by Prof. Eicke Latz who is further affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA, USA); the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway), where he undertakes both basic research and teaching; and the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), where he is a Cooperation Unit Leader.