International Journal of Immunology is a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of immunology. Immunology is a diverse and growing discipline that can be defined as the study of the tissues, cells and molecules involved in host defense mechanisms. Immunologists attempt to understand how the immune system develops, how the body defends itself against disease, and what happens when it all goes wrong. Priority is given to work that provides fundamental insight into the workings of the immune system. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, innate immunity and inflammation; development; immune receptors, signaling and apoptosis; antigen presentation; gene regulation and recombination; cellular and systemic immunity; vaccines; immune tolerance; autoimmunity and tumor immunology, microbial immunopathology; and transplantation.

The great advances in immunology in recent years make this field one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing in biological sciences. This remarkable growth is stimulated by the influx of investigators from other disciplines such as biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, virology and various medical disciplines. These disciplines are so well interlinked with immunology that no immunological challenge can now be properly addressed without sophisticated applications of expertise of combinations of these disciplines. As a consequence, immunology has become a vast and rich field encompassing discoveries and outlooks that range from the highly clinical to the highly molecular. Although such perspectives may appear diverse, they are, in fact, extremely interdependent. The journal seeks to present a balanced overview of contemporary immunology and melds together different aspects of molecular immunology, immunobiology and clinical immunology.

Immunology is the branch of biomedical science that deals with the response of an organism to antigenic challenge and its recognition of what is self and what is not. It deals with the defense mechanisms including all physical, chemical and biological properties of the organism that help it to combat its susceptibility to foreign organisms, material, etc

Immunology has its origins in the study of how the body protects itself against infectious diseases caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and also parasitic organisms, such as helminth worms. Research / review articles deals with, among other things, the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and disease; malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders (autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency, transplant rejection); the physical, chemical and physiological characteristics of the components of the immune system in vitro, in situ, and in vivo are of prime interest.


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Andrea BALLINI

Clinical and Research Investigator

Clinical and Research Investigator at Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neurosciences and Sense Organs, School of Medicine - University of Bari ALDO MORO. Dental Medicine Doctor (University of Bari ALDO MORO, Italy), Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Orthognathodontics (University of Foggia, Italy) and in Sexuality Medicine (University of Bari ALDO MORO, Italy). Post-Graduate in Epidemiological Methodology, Bioethics, Culture and Quality Management and Temporomandibular disorders and atypical facial pain: from diagnosis to multidisciplinary management (University of Bari ALDO MORO, Italy). Laboratory Head at Department of Dental Sciences and Surgery (2009-2012). Visiting Professor at "City Unity College - Greece" (and affiliated Institutions). Visiting Scientist at "Tecnologica Research Institute" in Crotone, Italy. Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer for the MClinDent programme in Oral Surgery and Translational Medicine at "BPP University", Faculty of Dentistry, Birmingham-United Kingdom. Member of the " World Academy of Growth Factors & Stem Cells in Dentistry- WAGroFSCD".

Research Interests: Scientific research activity in Dentistry, Stem Cells, Sexual Transmitted Diseases, Medical Genetics, Clinical Biochemistry, Dermatology, Immunology, Microbiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Maxillofacial Surgery, Biotechnology, Occupational Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Biochemistry and Dental Hygiene. Actually the research lines are focused on: stem cells from oral and extra-oral tissues, regenerative therapies in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery, biomimetic scaffolds, genetic disorders with and without oral and maxillofacial features, genetics of periodontal disease and its correlation with systemic diseases, genotoxicity, cytogenetic, biochemistry implant dentistry, orthodontics, and Laser Technology and Therapy.

1-) A short review about electrophysiology and bioimpedance: history and perspectives. Author(s): Luigi Santacroce, Donato D’Agostino, Ioannis Alexandros Charitos, Lucrezia Bottalico, Andrea Ballini. In: Indian Journal Of Public Health Research & Development

2-) Contact dermatitis due to transdermal therapeutic systems: a clinical update. Author(s): Paolo Romita, Caterina Foti, Gianfranco Calogiuri, Stefania Cantore, Andrea Ballini, Gianna Dipalma, Francesco Inchingolo. In:Acta Bio Medica Atenei Parmensis

3-) Transmission Of Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases And Oral Sex. Author(s): Vito Crincoli, Laura Fatone, Andrea Ballini. In:Acta Bio Medica Atenei Parmensis