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Sepsis on the Rise: Researchers Receive $4 Million to Search for New Treatments

Sepsis on the Rise: Researchers Receive $4 Million to Search for New Treatments

Sepsis cases are rising with our aging population, yet there are no specific treatments to stop the syndrome. Scientists from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences received $4 million from the National Institutes of Health to address this urgent need. 

10/9/2014
Platelets Do More than Help Blood Clot – Just Ask the Immune System

Platelets Do More than Help Blood Clot – Just Ask the Immune System

Platelets are known for their role in forming blood clots, but more and more research shows that platelets help control our immune system as well. A study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests a new way in which platelets influence our immune response that could alter the treatment of arthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis.   

1/27/2014
Destination Infection: How Immune Cells Move Through the Body

Destination Infection: How Immune Cells Move Through the Body

In a recent study in Nature Immunology, Deborah Fowell, Ph.D., associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology, mapped how immune cells travel to sites of injury or infection. She says the findings could help with the development of treatments that stop, slow down or speed up the immune response.  Check out this video of Fowell for more details on her work. 

8/21/2013
Mosmann Awarded International Prize for Basic Immunology

Mosmann Awarded International Prize for Basic Immunology

Tim R. Mosmann, Ph.D., Director of the David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, was awarded the 2013 Novartis Prize for Basic Immunology for a discovery that fellow scientists say “profoundly changed the way people think about the immune system.”

7/1/2013
Post Doc’s [Frog] Research Leaps Forward with New Fellowship

Post Doc’s [Frog] Research Leaps Forward with New Fellowship

Leon Grayfer, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Jacques Robert, Ph. D., received a three-year fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation to study the immune system of the African clawed frog. With the new award, Grayfer hopes to learn more about the evolution of vertebrate immunity and how we can better fight disease.  

6/5/2013