If a cut on the skin swells up, turns red, and hurts, those symptoms are signs of acute, or short-lived, inflammation. Feeling hot or losing function may be signs of inflammation from other harm to the body. Some inflammation that occurs in the body’s cells or tissues may not have outward symptoms.
Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s defense to injury or infection, and, in this way, it is beneficial. But inflammation is damaging when it occurs in healthy tissues or lasts too long. Known as chronic inflammation, it may persist for months or years.
Injuries like scrapes, insect stings, or a splinter in your finger
Pathogens (germs) like bacteria, viruses, or fungi
Inflammation plays a key role in many diseases, some of which are becoming more common and severe. Chronic inflammatory diseases contribute to more than half of deaths worldwide.
Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis
Cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease
Gastrointestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disease
Lung diseases like asthma
Mental illnesses like depression
Metabolic diseases like Type 2 diabetes
Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Some types of cancer, like colon cancer
The Spring Congress will bring together clinicians, researchers, industry leaders, advocacy groups and decision-makers across the field of inflammation and beyond.
The Congress will include the latest developments on clinical therapy for inflammation, including cell biology, signaling, genetics, inflammatory/autoimmune disease and therapeutic approaches.
That’s not all – the Congress will feature a wide range of exciting complementary activities, learning opportunities and networking events.