The panel was asked only to develop findings and conclusions not recommendations. Its primary objective was to obtain a comprehensive overview of the field of immunology that included characterizing the key factors of the field, assessing the resources necessary for conducting and supporting immunologic research, and identifying trends in the types of research being done in the field. The panel strove to maintain an international perspective as it collected and analyzed the data for this report.
The panel assessed the current position of the United States relative to leadership in four subfields of immunology, and the benchmarking results themselves are presented in Chapter 2 of this report. The determinants of leadership that have influenced US advancement in the field are discussed in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 assimilates past leadership determinants and current benchmarking results to predict future US leadership status in the field.