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Ep. 70: “Public Outreach” Featuring Drs. Akiko Iwasaki and Aimee Bernard

By January 16, 2024No Comments


Dr. Akiko Iwasaki is the Sterling Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University and President of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), and Dr. Aimee Bernard is an Assistant Professor of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado. Dr. Iwasaki has a very active presence on X, where she shares about COVID-19 research. Dr. Bernard is also active on social media through her TikTok account, and co-hosts a podcast, Help! Make It Make Sense.

In this episode, they discuss the importance of communicating science to the public and strategies for social media. They also talk about how the AAI is working to share immunology knowledge with non-scientists through Immunology Explained.

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The Immunology Round Up

A New Antibiotic for Gram-Negative Bacteria – A mechanism of lipid transport inhibition has been identified for a class of peptide antibiotics effective against resistant Acinetobacter strains.

Treg Depletion As Cancer Treatment – Researchers examined the mechanism of Treg cell depletion failure using a mouse model of Treg cell–targeted immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy Resistance in Melanoma – Using single-cell, spatial multi-omics, scientists showed that the tumor microenvironment promotes the emergence of a complex melanoma transcriptomic landscape.

An Immune Dictionary of Cytokine Responses – Scientists created single-cell transcriptomic profiles of more than 17 immune cell types in response to each of 86 cytokines in mouse lymph nodes in vivo.

Images courtesy of Robert Lisak, YSM and Dr. Aimee Bernard

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