Topic List : Immunology
Promote vaccination, not herd immunity
Epidemiology expert Julie Parsonnet warns that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has probably made herd immunity unattainable, which makes vaccination all the more important for personal health.
Making medicine out of RNA
Ribonucleic acid, a key player in cellular protein production, is used, with increasing success, by biotechnologists bent on preventing and curing diseases.
Researchers on wildfires’ health impacts
California’s massive wildfires bring a host of health concerns. In a Q&A, Kari Nadeau and Mary Prunicki of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford discuss the threats posed by air pollution from the fires.
Immune deviations seen in severe COVID-19 cases
A Stanford study shows that in severely ill COVID-19 patients, “first-responder” immune cells, which should react immediately to signs of viruses or bacteria in the body, instead respond sluggishly.
$1.49 million for inflammation research
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has awarded $1.49 million to research projects involving Stanford Medicine scientists who will investigate emerging ideas about the role of inflammation in disease.
HIV vaccine proves effective in primates
Most vaccines direct the adaptive immune system to fight off infections with one arm tied behind its back. A new study in monkeys untied the other arm.
New members of the National Academy of Sciences
Howard Chang of dermatology and of genetics, Richard Lewis of molecular and cellular physiology, and Peter Sarnow of microbiology and immunology were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Immunologist Chitra Dinakar dies at 54
Dinakar founded Stanford Health Care’s first allergy, asthma and immunodeficiency clinic for adult patients, which opened its doors last year.
Stanford-led teams nab top clinical research prizes
Winning studies were chosen by members of the Clinical Research Forum, a nonprofit foundation that promotes the understanding of clinical research and its impact on health and health care.
Three elected to National Academy of Medicine
Hongjie Dai, Julie Parsonnet and Joseph Wu are among the 90 regular members and 10 international members elected this year to the academy, which aims to provide independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.