Role of gut viruses in inflammatory bowel disease is focus of $8.5 million grant

Role of gut viruses in inflammatory bowel disease is focus of $8.5 million grant

The communities of bacteria that live in our digestive tracts help digest food and produce vitamins, protect against pathogens, and promote the healthy functioning of our immune system. But alongside gut bacteria thrives a vast community of viruses, and we know little about their impact on health and disease.
New discovery could help improve cancer vaccines

New discovery could help improve cancer vaccines

Cancer vaccines have shown promise in treating certain tumors, such as melanoma. But such vaccines have limitations. They often target normal proteins that may be more abundant in the tumor but also are present in healthy tissue, which can lead to off-target effects that cause autoimmune disorders and also reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines
Brian Edelson, MD, PhD Recognized for Contributions in Education

Brian Edelson, MD, PhD Recognized for Contributions in Education

Brian Edelson, MD, PhD was recently inducted into the Washington University School of Medicine Academy of Educators. The ceremony was held on September 24 to coincide with Education Day sponsored by the School of Medicine. Edelson was acknowledged for his important and varied contributions to our ongoing educational programs, and roles in building the new Gateway Curriculum.  To be selected […]
Antibodies protect against wide range of influenza B virus strains

Antibodies protect against wide range of influenza B virus strains

Researchers have identified two antibodies that protect mice against lethal infections of influenza B virus, report scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Together with an antibody that targets the other major kind of influenza viruses that infect people — influenza A — these […]
Immune system affects mind and body, study indicates

Immune system affects mind and body, study indicates

New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis helps illuminate a surprising mind-body connection. In mice, the researchers found that immune cells surrounding the brain produce a molecule that is then absorbed by neurons in the brain, where it appears to be necessary for normal behavior.
Study provides insight on how to build a better flu vaccine

Study provides insight on how to build a better flu vaccine

Flu season comes around like clockwork every year, and sooner or later everyone gets infected. The annual flu shot is a key part of public health efforts to control the flu, but the vaccine’s effectiveness is notoriously poor, falling somewhere from 40% to 60% in a typical year.
Washington University develops COVID-19 saliva test

Washington University develops COVID-19 saliva test

A new saliva test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Results from the COVID-19 diagnostic test are available in a few hours and, ideally, able to be communicated to people tested within a day. Highly sensitive to detecting even tiny levels of […]