immune system

McGill Newsroom

Study reveals the impact of night work

You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

Classified as: Cancer, immune system, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, shift workers, body clock, internal clock, clock, Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian, Diane B. Biovin, Journal of Immunology
Published on: 14 Jun 2016

By Cynthia Lee
Newsroom

Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.  

Classified as: DNA, moshe szyf, medication, immune system, chronic pain, health and lifestyle, Scientific Reports, T cells, Laura Stone, white blood cells
Published on: 28 Jan 2016

There are believed to be around 1.5 million different species of fungus on Earth, but one mold, known as Aspergillus fumigatus, causes the majority of cases of invasive aspergillosis – a devastating illness that kills 90 per cent of patients with weakened immune systems or lung diseases.

Classified as: Research, muhc, CIHR, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, immune system, McGill University Health Centre, aspergillus, mold, fungus
Published on: 5 Nov 2015

A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montréal, led by molecular virologist Éric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body’s antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host’s first line of defence. This breakthrough was published yesterday in the scientific journal PLoS Pathogens and will be presented at the upcoming IAS 2015 conference in Vancouver. The findings pave the way for future HIV prevention or cure strategies.

Classified as: McGill, health, HIV, AIDS, immune system, IRCM, eric a. cohen, anti-viral drugs
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Published on: 15 Jul 2015

With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. A research team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is bringing them hope with a potential vaccine that nudges the immune response away from developing allergies.

Classified as: immune system, Vaccine, allergies
Published on: 14 May 2015