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The Centre includes 24 investigators, 20 full members and 4 associate members, with expertise in immunology, genetics, genomics, biochemistry, molecular biology and parasitology, and numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


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Strategic Training Centre in Infectious Diseases and Autoimmunity


What does our Training Centre have to offer?

In short, we believe that future biopharmaceutical activity and faculty demand will be in the areas of common diseases, such as infectious diseases, atopy and autoimmunity. Due to the multifactorial character of these diseases, tomorrow's researchers are expected to work in multidisciplinary teams of scientists. Multidisciplinary approaches to scientific problems have long been advocated and successfully implemented by the McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance. Specifically, the Training Centre features:

About the Centre

Host resistance is a field of study that seeks to explain the diverse nature of resistance to disease. This is a real challenge, because so many diseases like asthma, infectious diseases and cancer, are chronic conditions where multiple genes interact with each other and with environmental factors. Only by dissecting a disease into its discrete stages can the entire host response be understood. Establishment of the genetic control and biological functions at each stage of disease also makes opportunities for disease intervention.