Why Is COVID-19 Striking Men Harder Than Women?
Women's Health Research at Yale Director Carolyn M. Mazure and Immunobiology Professor Akiko Iwasaki, discuss how understanding why men suffer more severe cases of COVID-19 and are more likely to die is vital for developing effective strategies that can produce better outcomes for everyone.Source: Time
How T Cells Make Sure They Have Quiet Time
All cells, like all people, need “quiet” time to function properly, and this is particularly true of T cells, one of the immune system’s main weapons. They must be ready for activation at all times, and primed to divide more rapidly than almost any cell in the body.
The harmful effects of stress during pregnancy can last a lifetime
Mice exposed to stress in the womb and soon after birth can expect a lifetime of immune system deficiencies that hinder the ability to ward off infections and cancer, Yale University researchers report March 5 in the journal Cell.
From Paradox to Breakthrough
Aaron Ring, MD, PhD, was hooked by a paradox. He had been studying cytokines to understand their potential to stimulate anti-tumor immunity. Though cytokines, such as interleukin-2, have been in clinical use for decades, they have historically shown only limited effectiveness. Dr. Ring was hunting for interleukins that could deliver a specific signal to activate TILs.
Richard Flavell Is Named a Distinguished Fellow by the American Association of Immunologists
Richard A. Flavell, PhD, is one of 20 scientists who have been named Distinguished Fellows by the American Association of Immunologists, which recognizes members for distinguished careers and outstanding scientific contributions, as well as their service to AAI and the immunology community. It is one of the highest honors that AAI bestows.
Yale Scientists Breach Brain Barriers to Attack Tumors
The brain is a sort of fortress, equipped with barriers designed to keep out dangerous pathogens. But protection comes at a cost: These barriers interfere with the immune system when faced with dire threats such glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor for which there are few effective treatments.
Yale Researchers Identify Rare Inherited Immune Disease
When a 9-year-old girl with anemia, breathing problems, and recurrent infections sought help for her mysterious ailments, Yale researchers and their collaborators at the National Institutes of Health sequenced her genes to pinpoint a cause. What they discovered was not only a new disease but unexpected new roles for a gene that affects the immune system.
Blavatnik Gift Will Fund Research into the Biology of Survival
Medzhitov and his research team are working to uncover the mechanisms underlying survival strategies—also known as maintenance programs—an endeavor that will both advance fundamental biology and provide new therapeutic targets to prevent and treat disease.Source: Medicine@Yale
Mechanical forces impact immune response in the lungs
Mechanical forces impact immune response in the lungs By Ziba Kashef August 21, 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with LinkedIn Share this with Email Print this 3d rendered medically accurate illustration of a mans lung (© stock.adobe.com) When the body is fending off an infection, there are changes in temperature, pH balance, and metabolism. Yale researchers wondered if yet other factors might come into play, and in a recent study, confirmed that mechanical forces also influence the immune response.
Rothlin Is Appointed McConnell Duberg Professor
Carla Vanina Rothlin, PhD, newly named as Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Immunobiology, studies the mechanisms that regulate the magnitude and resolution of the immune response. Rothlin is also a professor of pharmacology, a member of the Yale Cancer Center, and a Howard Hughes Faculty Scholar.
Herold Is Designated C.N.H. Long Professor
Kevan Herold, MD, newly named as C.N.H. Long Professor of Immunobiology and of Medicine, conducts research on the basis for autoimmune diseases and develops new therapies based on these studies. His focus has largely been in the field of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes.