K&J – Trudeau Research Looks at How Aging Affects Immunity

The Helper CD4 T Cells (blue) intreracting here with B Cells (red) (Photo courtesy of Mike Tighe at Trudeau Institute)

This image represents a follicle in mouse spleen tissue. The follicle consists of T cells (in this case CD4 T cells) in blue surrounded by B cells in red. The green cells in the image are cells that have been engineered to produce a green fluorescent protein when they are also producing a particular chemokine. (Photo provided by Michael Tighe, Imaging Core Director, Trudeau Institute)

Today on the K&J show, we’re speaking with one of the researchers at Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake.. Dr Marcy Blackman.. About the impact of Aging on the Response and Repertoire of Influenza Virus Specific CD4 T cells.. This is ongoing research being carried out by Kathleen Lanzer, Lawrence Johnson, David Woodland and Dr Blackman.. and they’ve just published an update in the Sicentific Journal Immunity and Aging.. We spoke with Dr Blackman on Thursday Afternoon about her research..

 Dr Blackman is studying the impact of aging on cellular immune function, with the overall goal of developing more efficacious vaccines for the elderly, and specifically strategies that will protect against emerging, potentially pandemic strains of influenza virus.. She earned her Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a postdoctoral fellow with Phillippa Marrack at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver Colorado before establishing her independent research program in the immunology department at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.. She Joined Trudeau Institute as a faculty member in 1999 and her research continues on many different levels, with many different partners throughout the world..

K&J – 071814 – Trudeau Researcher Dr Marcy Blackman discusses Immunity and Aging

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