About 100 guests gathered for the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology’s “Autumn Sunset over Del Mar” friend-raising event Oct. 9. Hosted by members of the Institute’s board of directors and held at the home of Rancho Santa Fe residents Mark and Carol Fischer, the event was designed to help people learn more about the Institute’s critical disease–fighting focus. The La Jolla Institute is the only research institute in San Diego and one of the few in the world focused on finding causes and new treatments for disease based on better understanding of the immune system.
Its research impacts a broad spectrum of diseases ranging from type 1 diabetes to infectious diseases to cancer and heart disease, and has the potential to help millions of people around the world.
Guests were treated to a spectacular sunset overlooking the Del Mar Country Club all the way to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Rancho Santa Fe resident and La Jolla Institute Board of Directors Chairman John Major welcomed guests and introduced Institute President and Chief Scientific Officer Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D. During the brief program, Dr. Kronenberg shared with guests a little background on the immune system’s role in disease.
“Many people think of multiple sclerosis as a disease of the nervous system, rheumatoid arthritis as a disease of the joints or type 1 diabetes as caused by the pancreas. In reality all of these diseases and many more are caused by failure of the immune system to work properly,” said Dr. Kronenberg. “This means that La Jolla Institute scientists – in focusing on the immune system — are zeroing in on one of the greatest single weapons that biomedical science has to offer, and one that holds incredible potential for improving human health.”