Tuesday 27 October 2020

Report - Academic Lecture on Immunity in The Human Neonate

A formal informative academic lecture on "Immunity in the Human Neonate" was organized by the Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, in association with King's College London (KCL) for the students of UG and PG courses of Life-Sciences on 20th of October, 2020. The event was jointly convened by Dr. Biljo V Joseph and Ms. Dolan Mitra, Country Adviser-India, KCL, and was hosted online on Microsoft Teams. The virtual programme began with an introductory welcome address by Ms. Dolan Mitra, followed by the Keynote Speaker's academic lecture delivery.

The orator of the academic lecture was Dr. Deena Gibbons, Lecturer in Immunology & MSc Immunology Programme lead, School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences, KCL. The lecture covered various aspects of infection and infection-related complications as significant causes of death and morbidity following preterm birth in human neonates. The speaker addressed what is known about the immune system of babies born prematurely over their first few weeks of life and adult humans. It was demonstrated that preterm babies, including those born extremely prematurely, can rapidly acquire some adult immune functionality levels. The session concluded with a question-answer session and a vote of thanks delivered by Ms. Dolan Mitra.

The event provided in-depth knowledge to the students of the Department of Life Sciences about the identiļ¬able differences in immune profiles of neonates and adult humans, which may allow us to predict the mechanism of immunity of neonates with impaired immune function. Furthermore, various applications of this study, such as the effect of the SARS-CoV-2 maternal infection on the neonatal immune system's status, were discussed.

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