Chella David: A lifetime contribution in translational immunology

M. Eric Gershwin, Yehuda Shoenfeld

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Immunology, like most scientific disciplines, is filled with buzz words. One such buzz word or term has been coined "translational immunology" Indeed, translational research is amongst the most popular expressions used to justify the use of basic research in the hopes that such research will lead to solutions to clinical problems. In fact, no such justification is needed and some of the most important observations in clinical medicine have been derived from basic science; basic science that had no idea at its time of its usefulness in clinical medicine. This special issue is devoted to Chella David. Chella's contributions in immunology have been legion. Before inbred mice became popular, long before multi-million dollar companies were developed to develop such models, Chella David was hard at the bench studying the genetics of the murine immune system and the importance of such mouse models in autoimmune diseases. Importantly, Dr. David provided animals without strings, without the burdens of MTAs, that now impede research. Chella has been generous with his time, with his reagents, and has been a caring and devoted mentor to generations of students. This issue is part of our series to recognize autoimmunologists and dedicated themes that include papers in multiple disciplines of immunology, but especially are focused on cutting-edge applications that will improve clinical therapeutics. Chella David, at age 75, is an athlete in immunology and still keeps going with the same enthusiasm as manifest as a young post-doc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Autoimmunity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Autoimmunity
  • Chella David
  • Translational immunology


Dive into the research topics of 'Chella David: A lifetime contribution in translational immunology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this