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What shapes the human immune system?

In this lecture, Michelle Linterman, Group Leader at the Babraham Institute and Fellow at Churchill College, discusses vaccinations and why raising a child together has a greater effect on people's immune systems than the flu vaccine or gastroenteritis.
When Oct 31, 2016
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge
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"We took a detailed look at the immune systems of 670 people, ranging from 2-86 years of age, to understand more about what drives variation in our immune systems. From an assessment of the effects of a range of factors, including age, gender and obesity, one of the most potent factors that altered an individual's immune system was whether they co-parented a child."

Michelle Linterman is Group Leader at the Abraham Institute and a Fellow at Churchill College. Her laboratory's principle research focus is on how different cell types collaborate in the germinal centre to generate a robust antibody response following vaccination.

Vaccination is one of the most successful, cost-effective interventions for combating infectious disease. Despite this enormous success, there are still multiple circumstances that require a vaccination solution, including vaccines that protect against HIV and malaria, and a way to improve vaccine efficacy in the later years of life.

Hear Michelle discuss her research in the next CSAR lecture on Monday 31st October at 7:30pm in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at Churchill College.

CSAR lectures are open to all. CSAR members are admitted free, you may register for free membership at the lecture reception desk. Non-members are asked to make a nominal contribution of £3.00.

For more information, see the event flyer.

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