Every day, we turnover 100-200 billion cells in the body. The prompt and efficient clearance of such apoptotic, aged or superfluous cells is fundamentally important for us to maintain homeostasis and for preventing autoimmunity and other chronic inflammatory diseases. The mission of the Center is twofold. First, to integrate and enhance the research efforts on apoptotic cell clearance within the University of Virginia. Second, to link investigators from around the world through a common website run through this center, and thereby foster better intellectual exchange and overall progress in the field of apoptotic cell clearance.