Irun Cohen

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Irun Cohen (born 1937, Chicago, Illinois) is an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.[1] He moved from the U.S. to Israel in 1968.

His contributions to immunology includes, in 1989, the development of the theory of the immunological homunculus, a hypothetical self-image used by the immune system to govern its responses. The bulk of Professor Cohen's work is in the search for treatment for autoimmune disease.[citation needed] Throughout his career he has collaborated with scientists of all nationalities, including the Cuban immunologist Enrique Montero.[citation needed] Cohen is currently the Israeli scientist with the second (first is Leo Sachs) largest number of publications in the journals of Science and Nature.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Cohen studied philosophy at Northwestern University obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. He studied medicine at Northwestern Medical School obtaining a degree in medicine in 1963.[2]


  1. ^ "Irun R. Cohen; Dept. of Immunology". Weizmann Institute of Science. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Author Biography for Irun R. Cohen". Elsevier. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 

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