Keeping inflammation in check


“Many diseases in Western society involve inflammation,” explained Bart Lambrecht of the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research. “Think of eczema, hay fever, asthma, rheumatism, etc. Understanding these inflammatory reactions and developing a preventive strategy to stop them are the challenges that our center has embarked upon. Important in this strategy is to build up young children’s defenses to the full. We try to do this by mimicking the beneficial effects of infections at an early age without making the children sick.”
Bart Lambrecht also called for basic research to be combined with its translation into clinical practice: “The thresholds are often still very high. Take personalized medicine, for example. It involves a tsunami of health data. Who would be able to process all that? Our hospitals are not ready for it. That is why VIB’s new ‘translational outreach’ is so important.” 

Bart Lambrecht, Science Director of the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research
 Bart Lambrecht