Immunologic Research

, Volume 47, Issue 1–3, pp 240–247 | Cite as

America’s first department of immunology: an informal history

  • Noel R. Rose


America’s first organized department devoted to the study of immunology was founded at Johns Hopkins University in 1916 by William Henry Welch. It has since generated multiple centers distributed throughout the university, which continue to promote education and conduct research in immunology to the present day. A review of its history may foretell future developments and directions of immunology in this and other institutions.


Immunology Microbiology Pathology Public health Prevention 



I am grateful to Karen Kruse Thomas, Ph.D. for providing me with a draft copy of her article, “The Microbiology of Infectious Diseases in the Era of Thomas Turner, Kenneth Moxey and David Bodian.” The editorial assistance of Mrs. Starlene Murray is greatly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease ResearchJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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