Topic: immunology

Tracing the relationship between metabolism and immune response

The delicate balance between our metabolism and our body’s immune response has critical implications for a range of chronic noncommunicable diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In a new review paper, published February 9, 2017, in the journal Nature, Gökhan S.…

Flaminia Catteruccia wins prestigious Faculty Scholar award

Grant recognizes outstanding early-career scientists who are pioneering new approaches to global health problems For immediate release, Thursday, September 22, 2016 Flaminia Catteruccia Boston, MA ─ Infectious disease researcher Flaminia Catteruccia from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public…

Study suggests antibodies may offer protection against tuberculosis

Findings open new window on the biology of the disease, offer inroads to new rapid diagnostic and vaccine approaches For immediate release: Thursday, September 22, 2016 Boston, MA – Antibodies are one of the body’s first lines of defense against infection, but…

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…

Off the Cuff: Making the case for childhood immunization

[Spring 2015] Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Q: There has been an uptick of measles, whooping cough, and other infections in the United States. Many of these infections, which are routinely prevented by childhood…

Defending the ‘wonder drugs’

Antibiotics were once lauded for their impressive abilities to fight infection. Now, in an era of rampant antibiotic resistance, Harvard Chan researcher Yonatan Grad is pioneering new ways to track and control the spread of infectious disease — and preserve the drugs’…

Researchers discuss drug resistance in reddit ‘AMA’

On Tuesday, June 28, Harvard Chan School faculty Sarah Fortune, professor of immunology and infectious diseases, and Eric Rubin, Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, discussed the growing threat of antibiotic resistance during a reddit “Ask Me Anything (AMA).” Recently,…