The Committee on Immunology offers a graduate program of study leading to the Ph.D. in Immunology, as well as an undergraduate specialization in Immunology, and courses for medical students. The program provides multidisciplinary training in all aspects of Immunology that includes a core immunology curriculum and several advanced graduate level courses in specialized areas. The training also integrates the basic biological sciences with the clinical sciences in an effort to develop new immunological approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of various immune diseases and cancer. Approximately thirty students are enrolled in the Ph.D. program, which has won training grant support from the NIH continuously for over thirty-five years.
Gastroenterologist Joseph B. Kirsner joined UChicago in 1935, then pioneered modern understanding and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease He was one of the first to show the link between ulcerative colitis and increased risk of colon cancer, introduced guidelines for how doctors should care for patients, and helped found the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.