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Charting the immune landscape in brain cancers

Thanks to revolutionary advances in cancer research, several cancer types can today be treated and controlled over long periods, similar to other chronic diseases. Among the most recent developments are immunotherapies, which aim to activate the patients' immune system to fight cancer. While immunotherapies have... click to read more

  • Klara Soukup | Research Associate at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Johanna A. Joyce | Professor at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 432
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 27, 2020
Neutralizing antibodies: the Elite Squad to combat SARS-CoV-2 infection

The rapid global transmission of SARS-CoV-2 poses a severe health emergency affecting over 20 million people worldwide as of 12 August. The research communities have taken immediate and enormous actions in search of therapeutic and prophylactic interventions. The major strategies undertaken include repurposing "old" drugs,... click to read more

  • Guanqiao Li | Research Associate at Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Yang Liu | Research Associate at Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Linqi Zhang | Professor at Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Views 448
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Nov 20, 2020
T cells: an essential but neglected component against COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought into our daily conversations scientific topics previously only discussed among scientists in academic environments. When the media inform us about the rise or fall of new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the world, questions about immunity and protection follow... click to read more

  • Antonio Bertoletti | Professor at Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Anthony Tan | Senior Research Fellow at Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Nina Le Bert | Research Fellow at Emerging Infectious Diseases Program, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Views 920
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Nov 4, 2020
How the COVID-19 lockdown affected our sleeping patterns

Human biology and behavior change throughout the day. A primary internal timekeeper, located in the brain, and synchronized by light, controls these daily fluctuations. Social and cultural temporal cues are also able to set the time of our internal clock. Humans are a diurnal species:... click to read more

  • María Juliana Leone | Professor at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes – Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Views 664
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 3, 2020
Tumor infiltrating immune cells predict patient outcomes

There has been much investigation into the role of the body's immune system in fighting or promoting the development of cancer, and in recent years, one particular type of immune cell, the CD8 T cell, has been shown to be important for fighting cancer in... click to read more

  • Caroline S. Jansen | MD/PhD Student at Department of Urology, School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine; Emory Vaccine Centre, School of Medicine; Emory University , Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Haydn T. Kissick | Assistant Professor at Department of Urology, School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine; Emory Vaccine Centre, School of Medicine; Emory University , Atlanta, GA, USA
Views 928
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 14, 2020