The concept of the Immunology Training Program was first kindled in the 1980’s when a group of 9 faculty from the departments of Microbiology, Pathology, Biochemistry and Medicine developed their shared interests in the general field of immunology into an informal seminar series.
The initial NIH training grant award in September of 1988 established the credibility of the ITP and allowed for the creation of a specific interdisciplinary immunology curriculum. The weekly seminar series remained a major focus of the program as additional faculty with interests in immunology joined the BUSM community and the ITP. A number of significant collaborative projects among the faculty and trainees were initiated during that time period, establishing the ITP as a highly interactive research community.
Over time, the ITP had become the prototypic interdisciplinary program within the medical school and a major attraction for immunologists seeking positions in the Boston area. ITP faculty continue to work together closely, through participation in ITP-related courses, seminars, and thesis advisory committees.