Wednesday 15 June
Henley Hockey Club
Saliva and Salmonella: How oral immunology may contribute to protection against disease. Non-Typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) typically causes food poisoning in heathy adults in the Western world, but in Africa, in children and individuals with co-morbidities such as HIV, it can cause a deadly invasive disease. Despite being an orally acquired pathogen little research has been done historically into understanding how oral immunity can contribute to protection against disease.
Dr Sean Elias is a Postdoctoral Scientist & Public Engagement with Research Lead at the Jenner Institute & Pandemic Sciences Institute, University of Oxford. Sean is one of the many the scientists from around the world who worked on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19. Despite his historic training as an immunologist Sean has much spend the pandemic working to help communicate the science behind the vaccine to both the public and international media, both behind and in front of the camera. Before that however he worked for 4 years on non-typhoidal Salmonella, running international clinical studies in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Kenya, trying to better understand the complexities of the disease with a view to informing vaccine design.
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