The University of Chicago Medicine has long been at the forefront of immunological research and care. Immunology research milestones include:
- In the 1940s, UChicago researcher Leon Jacobson, MD, performed the first bone marrow transplant in a laboratory model.
- In the 1950s, UChicago researcher Donald Rowley, MD, demonstrated the critical role of the spleen in antibody production.
- In the 1980s, the University of Chicago began the first pediatric bone marrow stem cell transplant program in the Chicago area.
- In the 1990s, the University of Chicago established the Gwen Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research to support a multidisciplinary approach for studying autoimmunity and the immune system as well as basic, translational and clinical research.