Impairment of the immunological and neurological synapses by respiratory viruses. Implications for vaccine design.

Respiratory viruses are a leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia worldwide, due an inefficient viral immunity even after disease resolution. These viruses can cause severe symptoms both in the respiratory and nervous systems, such as bronchiolitis and encephalopathy, respectively. We have observed that some respiratory viruses prevent the proper function of immune cells, such as […]

Webinar: Tracking SARS-CoV-2 in Ghana

This seminar will discuss the analysis of 2 sets of SARS-CoV-2 sequences which include imported and circulating viruses at the inception of Ghana’s outbreak, and circulating viruses 2-3 months after Ghana’s first reported cases. They will present on the adaptations on the ARCTIC protocols they carried out in sequencing batch, discuss the benefits inured by […]

COVID-19 in immunodeficient patients

Kathleen Sullivan will share her insights on: Immune compromise and the risk for severe COVID-19 Primary immune deficiencies and COVID-19, what we know and what we don’t know Vaccine options for people living with primary immunodeficiencies >> Register:

The impacts of psychological stress on virus-associated immune responses: unignorable challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic immunity

The pandemic outbreak of the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a major threat to our physical health. Simultaneously, the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the resulting countermeasures (particularly lockdowns) are negatively affecting our mental well-being, due to disease progression-induced fear and fatigue, social distancing and isolation, family conflicts during quarantine, supply shortages, unemployment, and […]

Longitudinal immune profiling reveals distinct features of COVID-19 pathogenesis

Elizabeth Mann and Madhvi Menon will discuss findings from their recent longitudinal immune profiling study with admitted COVID-19 patients across four hospitals in Manchester at the height of the pandemic in the UK. They find key immune signatures that track with disease severity and can potentially be used to identify patients upon admission that are […]