Our immune system surveils and protects every organ in our bodies by repairing injuries, destroying pathogens and killing cancer cells.

The Immunology Center of Georgia (IMMCG) represents a new initiative by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to leverage the ability of the immune system to combat disease. The IMMCG will accomplish this by assembling teams of biomedical researchers with strong records of scientific innovation and technological development.

The IMMCG is co-directed by world-class immunologists Drs. Catherine ‘Lynn’ Hedrick and Klaus Ley, both of whom have made major discoveries linking immune cells to specific mechanisms of disease.

The goal of the IMMCG is to produce novel and effective treatments for conditions that heavily impact the communities of Georgia and the United States. The new center is aggressively recruiting faculty and staff to lead projects focused on cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic disorders, autoimmune and infectious disease, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.



Drs. Hedrick and Ley

Sniffing out disease: Doctor duo to take immunology research 'to a new level' in Augusta

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused unprecedented attention on the immune system as central to good health. Scientists tasked with creating a center devoted to it at Medical College of Georgia say the immune system is integral to combatting illness from cancer to heart disease....

Sniffing out disease: Doctor duo to take immunology research 'to a new level' in Augusta
Convalescent Covid-19 subjects; PBMCs; Monocyte and T cell immunoprofiling by CyTOF; Idenfiticaion of cell types associated with COVID-19 severity

Myeloid cell diversity during COVID-19 hospitalization

The Hedrick Laboratory finds that groups of monocytes are linked to COVID-19 severity

La Jolla, CA – Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) results from infection with SARS-CoV-2 and has so far claimed over 6.5 million lives worldwide. COVID-19 can range in intensity between a mild flu-like condition or a severe respiratory illness....

Myeloid cell diversity during COVID-19 hospitalization
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The Back Story: In Sickness & In Health

Like our brown eyes and the angle of our chin, our innate immunity is something we are born with.

It’s the frontline and fundamental ability of our bodies to quickly and consistently attack a foreign invader, like SARS-CoV-2, or a bacterium that creeps into a cut on our finger....


The Back Story: In Sickness & In Health

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