Joseph J. Kinyoun Memorial Lecture – Antibodies Against Ebola and Lassa: A Global Collaboration
Air date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:00:00 PM
Category: Joseph J. Kinyoun – Infection and Immunity
Description: Joseph J. Kinyoun Memorial Lecture 2017
Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, director of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium (VIC), will deliver the 2017 Joseph J. Kinyoun Memorial Lecture.
Her talk, “Antibodies Against Ebola and Lassa: A Global Collaboration,” will explore the features of antibodies that protect against these deadly viruses and the ongoing need for scientists to collaborate in this research to establish a complete knowledge base. During the past three years, VIC researchers from dozens of labs on five continents have studied these protective antibodies. The VIC aims to fill critical knowledge gaps and provide a foundation of research that can be used to improve existing vaccines and antivirals, and to evaluate the pipeline of candidate countermeasures.
Ollmann Saphire, who has served as VIC director since 2013, investigates the structural biology of both viruses and antibodies—how viruses like Ebola, Marburg and Lassa infect host cells, what the viruses’ weaknesses are, and which antibody combinations might defeat them. This work has led to surprising and substantial discoveries in virology: Her team recently discovered that some viral proteins can change their 3D structures to play several different roles, allowing more information and more function to be encoded in concise viral genomes.
Ollmann Saphire received her Ph.D. in Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute (SRI) in 2000. She has since held a number of positions at TSRI, where she is currently a professor of Immunology and Microbial Science. Her work has been recognized with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and young investigator awards from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Microbiology, and the International Society for Antiviral Research. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and serves on the Scientific Leadership Board of the Global Virus Network.
Since 1979, NIAID has hosted an annual public lecture in honor of Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun. In 1887, Kinyoun founded the Laboratory of Hygiene—the forerunner of NIH—paving the way for more than a century of groundbreaking medical discoveries since then.
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Author: Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., Director, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium
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Who among us anticipated that in 2015 we would be talking through our steering wheels while driving? From the basic ways we communicate to how we pay bills and make purchases, technology is transforming our lives. Add neuroplasticity, the scientific discovery that our brains change throughout our lives, to the mix, and what lies ahead becomes even more interesting.
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Jen Hyatt, founder of Great Britain’s Big White Wall, a company that provides a 24/7 safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping, guided by trained professionals.
Corey McCann, MD, PhD, founder of Pear Therapeutics, a company that combines digital therapies with supplements, medical foods and pharmaceuticals to create more effective treatment solutions.
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Professor Merryn Tawhai – Digital Breaths: The benefits of bioengineering (2018)
Royal Society Te Apārangi | 2018 NZ Research Series
Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering
An aging population and increase in people living with chronic disease calls for new approaches to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. Recent advances in imaging, sensor, and communications technologies, combined with innovative bioengineering approaches, has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. However, does New Zealand have the capability to become a world leader in this industry?
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About the speaker:
From a keen interest in biology and mathematics in her youth, Professor Merryn Tawhai is now the Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) and Deputy Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at University of Auckland.
At the 2016 New Zealand Research Honours, Merryn was awarded the MacDiarmid Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for her research to create anatomically detailed models of the respiratory system. The medal is awarded for outstanding scientific research that has the potential for human benefit, and the models created by Professor Tawhai provide new tools for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of lung disease.
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How to upgrade Ubuntu 16.04 & 17.10 to 18.04 LTS
In this video, you’ll see how to upgrade Ubuntu to 18.04 LTS.
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1. sudo apt update
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