Topic: immunology

On the Ground: Alumnus Battles the Nightmare in Liberia

As the deadly infection rages through West Africa, Harvard Chan faculty, students, and alumni are waging a counterattack: on the ground, in the lab, on the humanitarian front, and in the political sphere. A special report by Harvard Public Health editor Madeline…

Off the cuff: What can microbes teach us about cancer?

[ Fall 2014 ] Wendy Garrett, Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases Wendy Garrett specializes in studying the human gut— the part of our anatomy that carries the greatest number of microbes—and the possible links between these hordes of bacteria and…

Ebola containment requires international collaboration

Pardis Sabeti, associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health and senior associate member of the Broad Institute, supervised a recent study that traced the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone to 14 women who attended…

HIV drug resistance test earns top honors at Deans’ Challenge

May 28, 2014 — HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable infection with the proper medication, but 10% of patients every year develop resistance to the drugs they are prescribed. Now, an affordable and quick test for drug resistance developed at…

Role of lung lesions in tuberculosis explored

For years scientists have sought to unravel the mystery of why about 90% of people infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), remain symptom-free for years, while the remaining 10% become sick and may die. A December 15, 2013…

Polio

[Winter 2009] Remembering the late HSPH Nobel Laureate, Thomas Weller As the polio virus swept across the United States in 1948, 32-year-old Thomas Weller was logging long hours in a Harvard Medical School laboratory, working to develop a new way to culture…

Shrinking the effects of the obesity epidemic

[ Winter 2011] If we can’t stop Americans from getting heavier, can we at least develop drugs that prevent them from getting sick with obesity-related diseases? The research career of Gökhan Hotamisligil, chair of the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Genetics and…

Off the cuff: The turning point in the AIDS epidemic

[ Spring 2013 ] Ten years ago, President George W. Bush launched a $15 billion international program to fight AIDS—the largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease. The School’s Phyllis Kanki spearheaded HSPH’s application to the President’s Emergency Plan for…

Vaccine effectiveness threatened by everyday chemical

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] HSPH’s Philippe Grandjean answers questions about PFCs In January 2012, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)—which are widely used in manufactured products such as nonstick cookware, waterproof clothing, and fast-food packaging—dramatically lowered…

Low vitamin D levels may increase risk of type 1 diabetes

For immediate release: February 3, 2013 Boston, MA – Having adequate levels of vitamin D during young adulthood may reduce the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by as much as 50%, according to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).…