Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Join the next IUIS-Frontiers live webinars on COVID-19 with Mihai Netea on May 18, and Sharon Lewin and Katherine Kedzierska on May 27! IUS and Frontiers have collaborated on a series of weekly, expert commentaries and scientific webinars to accelerate the development of novel diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. You can watch the previous webinars on-demand. Get insights from Rino Rappuoli, Giuseppe Ippolito, Eleanor Fish, Rachel Humphrey, and Andreas Radbruch! We look forward to seeing you at our next live webinars!

Trained Immunity and BCG Vaccination: A Tool Against COVID19?

Date: May 18, 2020
Time: 15:00 (UTC+2)


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What do we know about the adaptive characteristics of innate immune responses? Does BCG induce long-term changes in innate immune cells? What are the non-specific effects of BCG vaccination on other infections? Can the BCG-induced trained immunity be harnessed against COVID-19? Mihai Netea, one of the most authoritative scientists in the study of the immune system, will share his research.

COVID-19 in Australia: Being Prepared and Understanding the Role of Cellular Immune Responses

Date: May 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 (UTC+2)




Which role do cellular immune responses may play in squashing the curve of COVID-19 infections? Sharon Lewin and Katherine Kedzierska will show how immunity to SARS-CoV2 has demonstrated the breadth of concomitant immune responses associated with recovery in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Their study indicates that robust multi-factorial immune responses can be elicited towards the newly-emerged SARS-CoV-2, and early adaptive immune responses might correlate with better clinical outcomes.