How your immune system helps and harms you

March 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Advisory, News, Research

World-renowned immunologist Kent HayGlass is this year’s recipient of the Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award, and on March 27 he will deliver the prestigious Rh Lecture.

At the free, public lecture he will discuss why some people develop allergies, while others do not.

Dr. HayGlass is a Canada Research Chair in Immunology and he has made vital contributions to our understanding of the immune system. His work has a direct impact on the health and well-being of millions of people who suffer from allergies. HayGlass has devoted his career to studying cytokines, a family of about 100 small molecules that control the development, activation, direction and nature of immunity. Discoveries made by HayGlass, his trainees and colleagues have shed light on what controls how our immune system reacts, why some people develop asthma or food allergies and others do not, how an ancient arm of the immune system inherited from fruit flies affects our response, and what biomarkers could provide doctors with valuable information about their patients.

What: Free, public lecture on the immune system
When: Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, ST. John’s College, 92 Dysart Rd., University of Manitoba

The Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award was established in 1997 and is awarded to a senior University of Manitoba faculty member in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments.

For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (sean_moore@umanitoba.ca).

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