Aarhus Research Center for Innate Immunology (ACII) was founded in 2012 by a grant from Aarhus University Research Foundation, and is lead by Professor PhD, DMSc Søren Riis Paludan Institute for Biomedicine, Health, Aarhus University (AU). The participating groups are located in the Department of Biomedicine, Departmetn of Molecular Biology (both AU), and Aarhus University Hospital Skejby.

The overall aim of the Centre is to identify and characterize mechanisms of innate immune detection of virus infections. The main scienfitic goal is to discover and describe fundamentally new mechanisms of how the innate immune system detects virus infections and activates protective responses. Since the innate immune system impacts on many diseases with a common set of mechanisms, a strategic long term goal of the pilot center period is to broaden its activities beyond virus infections to include also other microbial infections and inflammatory diseases. A second strategic goal of ARCII is to train and mature talented young researchers for the next generation of principal investigators in the field of microbiology and immunology.

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