Seattle AWIS: September Event – Pediatric Immune Response and Improving Vaccines

Seattle Association for Women in Science’s September Event
Pediatric Immune Response and Improving Vaccines

September 17, 2014 • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Over 7 million infants die each year due to infections, many of which are vaccine-preventable. The causes
of reduced immunity in infants are ill defined. The immunosuppressive in utero environment needed for
maternal-fetal tolerance may influence subsequent immune responses in newborns. We have identified
myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) as a plausible mechanism for reduced immunity in infants.
MDSC frequencies are elevated in cord blood, decline in infants with age and are potent inhibitors of
T cell proliferation. Understanding the role MDSC play in infant immunity could improve vaccine responsiveness
in newborns and reduce mortality due to early-life infections.

Dr. Ana Gervassi, PhD
Staff Scientist, Seattle Biomed Research Institute
Specialized Immunity Subcore Director, Center for AIDS Research, UW
Talk Title: “Understanding the role of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) in infant immunity”

Event Schedule:
6:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm – Panel Discussion
7:30pm – Networking
Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED for this event

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
*Please enter through Thomas Building
*Free Visitor Parking

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