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July 28, 2014

New White Paper - Tolerance: One Transplant for Life

A White Paper published yesterday in Transplantation (co-authored by ITN Deputy Director Larry Turka, MD) outlines recommendations from an international workshop convened by The Transplantation Society (TTS) to determine the necessary steps to make tolerance protocols a standard of care for transplant over the next decade.  To date three academic centers have employed successful tolerance-inducing protocols in kidney transplant recipients (Stanford University, Northwestern University, and Massachusetts General Hospital – the MGH studies we

July 16, 2014

Immune Tolerance Network’s (ITN) TrialShare Wins National Academies Board on Research Data and Information Challenge

The Immune Tolerance Network’s (ITN) TrialShare Clinical Trials Research Portal ( has won the National Academy of Sciences Data and Information Challenge. The theme of this year’s competition, launched and judged by the academy’s Board on Research Data and Information (BDRI), was “Using Data for the Public Good.”The ITN’s entry, entitled “ITN TrialShare: Enabling True Clinical Trial Transparency” describes the unique data sharing portal developed by the NIH-sponsored clinical research consortium.

June 27, 2014

Request for Proposals: Clinical Trials of Immune Tolerance in Transplantation Using Deceased-Donor Organs

The Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) is currently seeking proposals for clinical tolerance trials in transplantation using solid organs or islets from deceased donors. Proposals should meet the following criteria: There is strong support with preclinical data and/or evidence from clinical pilot studies; if preclinical studies alone are used to support the proposal, these studies should include brain dead donors or discuss why such studies are not needed with the proposed protocol. The donor and recipient are HLA mismatched.

June 25, 2014

"Mechanisms of Tolerance" Symposium at Annual FOCIS Meeting

The ITN is hosting a Member Society Symposium entitled “Mechanisms of Tolerance” on June 25th, 2014 (12:45-pm-4:45pm CT) during the annual Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) meeting in Chicago,  IL.

May 6, 2014

Restoring the Balance: Immunotherapeutic Combinations for Autoimmune Disease

An article published last week in Disease Models and Mechanisms by Dawn Smilek, MD, PhD, Mario Ehlers, MD, PhD, and Jerry Nepom, MD, PhD, provides a review of mechanisms involved in the disruption of tolerance to self-antigens in autoimmune disease, highlighting where those mechanisms can be targeted as a means of restoring tolerance and durably reversing autoimmune pathology.

February 21, 2014

ITN Launches the PAUSE Study in Psoriasis

Today the ITN launched the PAUSE study (ITN059AI, “Efficacy of Ustekinumab followed by Abatacept for the Treatment of Psoriasis Vulgaris”), which will test the combination of two biologics, ustekinumab (Janssen Biotech, Inc.) and abatacept (Bristol-Myers Squibb), in psoriasis patients. This study is being led by James Krueger, MD, PhD (The Rockefeller University).

February 18, 2014

Specimens and Funding for Type 1 Diabetes Biomarker Research

Creating durable disease remission in type 1 diabetes has proved challenging: etiology remains uncertain and immune interventions have only been able to delay disease progression temporarily. To better understand underlying disease pathways, the ITN conducts sophisticated mechanistic assays on high-quality specimens collected from each of its clinical trials.

February 17, 2014

New Publication: T Cell Reconstitution Following Autologous Stem Cell Transplant in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

The promise of autologous stem cell transplantation in patients with autoimmune disease is that the newly reconstituted immune system will be reset in a way that no longer favors autoimmunity. The ITN’s HALT-MS study (High-Dose Immunosuppression and Autologous Transplantation for Multiple Sclerosis) used high-dose immunosuppression followed by an autologous stem cell transplant in 24 relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in an attempt to reconstitute a healthy immune system.

January 15, 2014

ITN wins NIH award for Collaborative Network for Tolerance Research

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID/NIH) announced that the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) has been awarded a UM1 grant for a Collaborative Network for Clinical Research on Immune Tolerance (RFA-AI-12-043). This award represents the third NIH funding disbursement since the ITN’s inception in 2000.

January 6, 2014

ACCEPTOR Kidney Transplant Study Opens for Enrollment

The ITN’s ACCEPTOR study (Post-transplant Cyclophosphamide) in kidney transplant is now open for enrollment at Johns Hopkins University.  The ACCEPTOR study, led by Lode Swinnen, MD, Ephraim Fuchs, MD, and Robert Montgomery, MD (Johns Hopkins Hospital) will combine hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) and kidney transplants as a means to potentially promote tolerance to the donor kidney.  This approach to solid organ transplant aims to induce the stable presence of both host and donor immune systems simultaneously, called “mixed chimeri