From left to right and front to back: Ding, Alyssa, Monica, Jordan, Jackie, William, Nancy, Sara, Ann

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Nancy and family at the 2012 walk MS in Dallas

Everything we do in the lab is focused on finding new ways to either diagnose patients or treat their disease. This means we are a translational research laboratory. Most of our day-to-day collaborators are physicians because our focus on human disease means we need to collect human samples for analysis. It's not always easy, but we thrive in undiscovered country, and the challenges it contains.

And this journey of ours has led us to some discoveries that we could never have imagined!

For example, over the last ten years, we have been particularly interested in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Our team efforts in this area has led us to the discovery of a unique way to identify people who will develop MS, and our assay systems provide a means to determine whether new pipeline drugs will actually work the way they are supposed to in individual patients. You can read more about that in RESEARCH INTERESTS.

And that's just one disease of the brain that we have been focusing on. Now we are starting to apply our immunological skills to other diseases of the brain, and I for one am so excited to start these new and challenging journeys because I think we are going to make some great contributions there as well that will have a deep impact on patient disease.

Along the way, we have made a lot of friends in the field that have challenged us and made our research efforts even better. You know who you are, and we can't thank you enough for being faithful science partners with us. Also, our environment is unique because most of our friends are clinicians, and we appreciate how they enhance our cross-training in the laboratory.

Speaking of training. When you get to know us, one thing you will notice right off is that this is a translational research laboratory with a keen focus on training young scientists. Our crew is mostly graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, high school students and high school teachers who are here to learn how to do science. Their contributions to our research have been so important, and I am proud of every single one of them. You can read more about them in LAB MEMBERS.

Nancy Monson