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Human Immunomics Initiative will work on decoding immune system

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Human Vaccines Project announced the Human Immunomics Initiative (HII) this week, a joint project that aims to revolutionize the understanding of the human immune system and accelerate the creation of effective vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments.HII will bring together Chan School experts in epidemiology, causal inference, immunology, and computational and systems biology with the resources and expertise of the Human Vaccines Project, a global, nonprofit, human immunology-based clinical research consortium. HII will develop artificial intelligence-powered models of immunity that can be used to accelerate the design and testing of vaccines and therapeutics for a wide range of diseases.Vaccine development has again entered the global spotlight as the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine. With advances in computing and artificial intelligence, genomics, systems biology, and bioinformatics, HII aims to decode the underlying mechanisms and rules of how the human immune system fights disease. HII will specifically focus on determining the principles of effective immunity in aging populations, the world’s largest growing demographic that has an immense disease burden and high morbidity and mortality in the current COVID-19 pandemic.“Successful vaccination requires four components — knowing the vaccine target, what kind of immune response you want, how to generate that response, and understanding responses in the people who you want to vaccinate,” said Sarah Fortune, chair of Harvard Chan’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. “We understand a lot about the first two elements and very little about the last two. But by addressing these critical knowledge gaps, we envision a day when there are modular blueprints for successful vaccines that speed the process and increase likelihood of success.”The insights gained through HII will pave the way for artificial intelligence-powered models that allow researchers to virtually test potential vaccines, and predict what vaccines and therapies might work best across populations. This could massively speed up vaccine and drug development, and lower costs spent on testing and trials.“The way we fight disease is broken — we launch into disease-specific battles without understanding the rules that affect our chances of success,” said Michelle A. Williams, Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The Human Vaccines Project set out to change that by decoding the human immunome, and we are already seeing initial findings from their tremendous work.”HII will combine new testing techniques with advanced biological and computational science to model immunity across populations. The pilot phase of the initiative will examine how immunity changes with age, and how to predict or improve immune responses among aging adults.“Decline or dysfunction of the immune system among people age 70 and older is a major public health issue as the global population ages. We are seeing this acutely now with COVID-19, which is mostly spread by younger people, but which older people die from at much higher rates,” said Jaap Goudsmit, adjunct professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases at Harvard Chan School and chief scientific officer of the Human Vaccines Project.“The world’s population is aging at unprecedented rates, significantly increasing the burden of non-communicable diseases and vulnerability to infectious diseases, as evidenced by the current COVID-19 pandemic,” added Wayne C. Koff, president and CEO of the Human Vaccines Project. “The complexity of the human immune system has confounded efforts to prevent and control diseases in aging populations, and this collaboration will marry expansive data collection through clinical research with new technologies and cutting-edge science to catalyze new approaches to fighting major global diseases.”last_img read more

Lofa Magazine, Tekay Design Win WAFA

first_imgAmazing fashion style was the dress code that stole the night at the just ended West Africa Fashion Award (WAFA), with Lofa Magazine and Tekay Design emerging as winners out of 12 Liberian nominations that made the final list.The astonishing fashion design on display at the event at Oriental Hotel in Lagos March 24, 2016 recognized, inspired and promoted the wealth of fashion talents from within West Africa, highlighting the potential role the industry can play in the region’s economic development. Lofa Magazine, an online fashion magazine, won the Fashion Media of the Year, and renowned fashion brand Tekay Designs walked away with the Women’s Wear Designer of the Year.In addition, renowned publicist Junda Morris-Kennedy was honored with the Fashion Recognition Award for her major contributions to the fashion industry over the years from the Dispora.Liberian fashion practitioners received 14 nominations out of the 21 categories. Twelve made the cut after voting.WAFA President, Adewole Olanrewaju, said the event organizers were excited that this year’s event featured several high profile nominations, noting that the journey to success was not an easy task.“We did everything possible to make sure that the competition was free and fair,” he explained. “This is the reason no one has complained about cheating. While we acknowledge the fact that there were losers, we believe that everyone that got nominated are all winners.“This year may not be yours, but keep on working. Your time will come,” Mr. Olanrewaju encouraged the nominees.The head of WAFA nominations for Liberia, Junda Morris-Kennedy, noted that she wished all of Liberia’s nominations had won, but said she was happy for all of the winners.“I believe that this is the beginning of more regional and international recognitions that will soon come to those that are working hard,” she said.Check out the full winners list below:Fashion Stylist of the YearDieudonne Senato (Ivory Coast)Make Up Artist of the YearPriscilla Nyarko of Glam Faces (Ghana)Female Model of the YearLucky Favour (Nigeria)Male Model of the YearStephen Owusu (Ghana)Pageant of the YearMiss Tourism (Nigeria)Modeling Agency of the YearFew Model Management (Nigeria)Fashionable West African Celebrity FemaleZainab Sheriff (Sierra Leone)Fashionable West African Celebrity MaleBryan Okwara (Nigeria)West African Fashion Entrepreneur of the YearToyin Lawani – Tiannah styling (Nigeria)Model Search of the YearNigeria’s Next Super Model (Nigeria)Urban Wear Designer / Accessory Designer of the YearADU Amani Klodin, VAAD Style (Ghana)Fast Rising / Next Rated Fashion EntrepreneursUchenna Okwudima (creative director ECOWAS Fashion Week / International fashion week)Next rated fashion entrepreneursHerty Twens (Gold TV / Gold Modeling Agency)Fashion Photographer of the YearEmmanuel Bobbie of Bob Pixel Photography (Ghana)Fashion Media of the YearLofa Magazine (Liberia)Online Fashion Media of the YearFashion Ghana (Ghana)Fast Rising EntrepreneursBiola Orimolade (Black and Bold Fashion House)West African Fashion Event of the YearAfrik Fashion Show (Ivory Coast)Men’s Wear Designer of the YearOzwald Boateng (Ghana)Women’s Wear Designer of the YearTekay Designs (Liberia)West Africa Fashion Academy of the YearZaris Fashion & Style Academy (Nigeria)Fashion Recognition AwardJunda Morris-Kennedy (Liberia)Shola Oyebade (Nigeria)Mrs. Funmi Ajila Ladipo (Nigeria)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR!

first_imgGREAT CRAIC! THE FUNFAIR AT CHURCHILL ANNUAL FAIRTHE  18th annual Churchill fair attracted thousands of visitors to the Co Donegal village over the weekend.All proceeds from the celebrations went to Donegal Pet Rescue.With thanks to James Sharkey for the pictures! SMILE ALL ROUND AT THE CHURCHILL FAIRSNAPPING THE SNAPPER AT THE CHURCHILL FAIRBABY’S FIRST CHURCHILL FAIR!DANCING ON THE STREETS – LITERALLY!HAVING A PARTY AT THE CHURCHILL FAIRNO CARS HERE! CHURCHILL MAIN STREETALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE!HOPE YOU DIDN’T MISS THE MATCH LADIES!PICTURE SPECIAL: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR! was last modified: July 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR!last_img read more