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Taking it to heart: exploring immune solutions to curb rheumatic heart disease in Aboriginal Australians

06 July 2016 Melbourne, Australia Add to calendar
Dr Willy-John Martin is working with the Menzies School of Health Research
WEHI

Taking it to heart: exploring immune solutions to curb rheumatic heart disease in Aboriginal Australians (Wednesday seminar)

The 10-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is one of the most pressing health concerns of this nation. Contributing solutions to closing the gap has been a growing priority at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Rheumatic heart disease is a life-threatening autoimmune condition that is in some regions more than 60 times higher in Indigenous Australians. It is also a condition where new immune research might offer solutions.

Dr Willy-John Martin will present a lunchtime seminar about an immune study of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) currently underway in the Inflammation Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.

The study is exploring the role of CD4 T cells in ARF, and how they might be modulated by existing drugs used to treat other autoimmune conditions.

The presentation will also cover the broader initiatives and reconciliation activities that have been developing at the Institute to grow further scientific contributions and develop culturally inclusive approaches to science.

Location: Davis Auditorium, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, 1G Royal Parade, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria, 3052
Start Time: 1:00pm
End Time: 2:00pm

For further information:
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet