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Centenary Institute - Medical Research
Centenary Institute - Medical Research

Inflammation Fact Sheet

Think you know about inflammation? Think again. Redness, swelling, muscle aches…that’s not even the half of it. Chronic inflammation is a key driver of diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune diseases. Read more.


Inflammation is all good. It is an essential repair process that heals the body, defends it from infection.

However it is also a very powerful process, which when left unchecked causes many diseases directly (like arthritis) but also indirectly (like cancer and vascular disaeses).

A new aspect of inflammation is coming to light, its connection with chronic metabolic diseases, like obesity and diabetes.

In fact its has been given a new name ‘Metaflammation’. 


One of the reasons this link is really important is that we are able to control with small molecule or biological therapeuti s some aspects of inflammation and thus this approach might become really useful in treating some diseases that were thought to be diet or environment influenced..and are looking to become a devastating problem in the future.