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A healthy immune system is balanced

A healthy immune system is balanced

An active immune system is essential for your body's natural defenses. With an immune mediated disease, the immune system is often overactive and out of balance. This balance is crucial for our body: for the peace within. On International Day of Immunology on 29 April we show our commitment to people living with auto-immune diseases.

What are immune-mediated diseases?

Psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel diseases are well-known examples of immune-mediated diseases. They are all chronic inflammations caused by an imbalance in the immune system.

Immune-mediated diseases are chronic and not yet curable: people live with them for the duration of their lives. Yet the impact of this type of disease on daily life is not always recognized. People with an immune-mediated disease have to deal with pain and other physical complaints on a regular basis. In addition, the stigma surrounding some immune-mediated diseases can lead to social and psychological problems 1, 2, 3

Restoring the balance: For the Peace Within

In case of immune-mediated diseases the immune system is overactive, the body literally fights itself. We want to restore this balance. When this is successful, the body stops fighting against itself, and that is what we are aiming for. We are committed to For the Peace Within.

This commitment goes beyond the development and production of drugs. We actively collaborate with patient organizations and bring the best minds - including doctors, nurses, patients, scientists and policymakers - together. In this way, we try to ensure that relevant information can be found in one central place as much as possible. This way, we hope to help patients find peace of mind: For The Peace Within.

On International Day of Immunology 2021, several colleagues shared what they do to restore balance. Curious to hear their stories? Click here to learn more.

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