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How does the liver affect the immune system? $175,000 grant to help find answers

June 10, 2015

Dr. Angela Crawley has been awarded a $175,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to study how cells in the liver can influence the immune response. This project focuses on a kind of cell called a macrophage, which means “big eater” in Greek because it engulfs bacteria, viruses and many other things and presents these to the immune system to help orchestrate a response against foreign pathogens. Dr. Crawley is particularly interested in macrophages in the liver and how they may contribute to immune problems observed in patients with hepatitis C and HIV.

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