Dr Willy-John Martin - Inflammation division

Dr Willy-John Martin - Inflammation division

Location: 
Davis Auditorium
Start Time: 
Wed, 06/07/2016 - 1:00pm
End Time: 
Wed, 06/07/2016 - 2:00pm

Taking it to heart: exploring immune solutions to curb rheumatic heart disease in Aboriginal Australians

Wednesday seminar

The 10-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is one of the most pressing health concerns of this nation. Contributing solutions to closing the gap has been a growing priority at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Rheumatic heart disease is a life-threatening autoimmune condition that is in some regions more than 60 times higher in Indigenous Australians. It is also a condition where new immune research might offer solutions. This presentation outlines an immune study of acute rheumatic fever, exploring the role of CD4 T cells in this condition, and how they might be modulated by existing drugs used to treat other autoimmune conditions. Finally, this presentation will cover the broader initiatives and reconciliation activities that have been developing at WEHI to grow further scientific contributions and develop culturally inclusive approaches to science.