Ep. 7: “The Mechanisms of Itch” Featuring Drs. Isaac Chiu and Tiphaine Voisin
Dr. Isaac Chiu is an Assistant Professor of Immunology at Harvard Medical School, studying the role of the nervous system in mediating inflammation and host defense. Dr. Tiphaine Voisin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School, specializing in somato-sensation and neuro-immunology. They recently published a paper in PNAS on the role of the CysLT2R receptor in acute and chronic itch.
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The Immunology Science Round Up
Helper T Cell Subsets Defined by Site of Priming – Researchers showed that the site of T cell priming dictates effector phenotype and homing to remote organs.
COVID-19 Linked to Inflammation of the Brain – Scientists found that COVID-19 can spark a severe immune response in the central nervous system, affecting immune cells in the vascular system and brain.
From Microbes to Intestinal Innate Immunity – Microbe-derived acetate induces chromatin remodeling in intestinal cells, regulating host metabolism and innate immunity.
A Robust Response against COVID-19 Variants – A new study shows that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine protects against all of the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern.
Photo Reference: Courtesy of Drs. Isaac Chiu and Tiphaine Voisin