America's first department of immunology: an informal history

Immunol Res. 2010 Jul;47(1-3):240-7. doi: 10.1007/s12026-009-8155-0.


America's first organized department devoted to the study of immunology was founded at Johns Hopkins University in 1916 by William Henry Welch. It has since generated multiple centers distributed throughout the university, which continue to promote education and conduct research in immunology to the present day. A review of its history may foretell future developments and directions of immunology in this and other institutions.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / history*
  • Allergy and Immunology / history*
  • Baltimore
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century

Personal name as subject

  • William Henry Welch