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