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BRI is a world leader in human immunology. We’re taking on some of the most challenging questions in our field, aiming to improve the lives of people with immune system diseases like autoimmune diseases, cancer, asthma and allergies. Thanks to the incredible support of our donor community, we're making progress on better treatments — and moving closer to prevention and cures.

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    “Meeting BRI’s team showed us that BRI gets it — they know there’s a lot of work to do, but they’re innovative and persistent. It showed us, without a doubt, BRI will be the ones to find a cure.” BRI supporter Gretchen Schoenstien
Immune system diseases by the numbers

1 in 15

Americans have an autoimmune disease


Known autoimmune diseases


Children in every classroom have a severe allergy

Philanthropy in Action at BRI

Research Project Preview Bio - Steve Ziegler

Turning lab discoveries into life-changing care

Steven Ziegler, PhD, was part of the team that first discovered a protein called TSLP in the 1990s. Now, it's the basis for a game-changing asthma therapy and could lead to better cancer treatments too.
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Research Project Preview Bio - Caroline Stefani

Harnessing new technologies

For Caroline Stefani, PhD, flat images of cells weren’t good enough — she wanted to see them in 3D. So, she built a software allowing her to explore cells in VR. Now, she’s using it to study a gene that could help explain why some cancers come back after treatment.
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Research Project Preview Bio - Yevgeniy Yuzefpolskiy

Advancing early stage research

What do cells like to eat? BRI’s Yevgeniy Yusefpolskiy, PhD is working to find out. He’s particularly interested in understanding the diets of the cells that cause multiple sclerosis — and if cutting those cells off from their food source could stop the disease.
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“A transformational gift from one of BRI’s generous donors helped get my lab off the ground. That gift paved the way for discoveries that are helping us better understand the cells and processes that lead to lupus and other autoimmune diseases.”
BRI Scientist Jessica Hamerman, PhD

Blog Stories

Blog Main Pedersen Editorial
June 17, 2022

Honoring Family with an Endowment for T1D Research

When Nina and Georg Pedersen were writing charitable gifts into their will, they had two goals: finding meaningful ways to honor their family and recognizing the expert care they’ve received at Virginia Mason.

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August 10, 2021

The Boeing Classic is Back!

The Boeing Classic is back! After the event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, we can’t wait to host the annual golf tournament and fundraiser from August 16-22, 2021.

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June 15, 2021

Hope for MS Powers Support for BRI

Debra Smith first learned about BRI when a friend invited her to the Boeing Classic Golf Tournament in the early 2010s. BRI’s work became personal when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2013.

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