Dr. Henry Wortis, Tufts School of Medicine

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:10pm

Thompson Biology, 112 59 Lab Campus Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

Dr. Henry Wortis, Tufts School of Medicine

BIMO Class of 1960s Scholar Lecture

"Using genetics to understand age-related loss of immune resistance to infection"

People are living longer.  As they age many become more susceptible to infections.  Why this happens is not well understood.  We are studying an infection that is usually mild in young people but is often fatal in people over the age of 50.  By studying mice infected with this same organism we hope to understand the genetics differences that make the infection mild and brief in some old mice and long-lasting and chronic in others.  We hope that insights from these studies inform our understanding of human immunity.

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